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Stories of Hope

Theresa's Story

“I love the tenants and neighbors here," Theresa says with a big smile. “I have friends in the house and up and down the street. We always say ‘hi’ and have good conversations.”


Originally from Boston, Theresa had been living in western Massachusetts, but left her life there and came back to Boston to help care for a family member. When that family member suddenly asked her to move out, Theresa was left with nowhere to go.


While staying at the Women’s Inn for seven months, Theresa focused on moving forward, participating in Pine Street’s housekeeping and food services training programs, all the time committed to finding housing.


Theresa has lived at Tuttle Street in Dorchester for three years. Her room is covered with family photos, drawings by her grand niece and nephew, and inspirational quotes of all kinds. Her favorite saying is “You give respect, you get respect,” something she lives by.


She has many interests: “I do abstract oil paintings – I sold a couple of my paintings at South End Open Studios,” she says proudly. I also love poetry, creative writing and cooking. I’m always doing something.”


Theresa’s goal is to get her own apartment and be independent again. “Pine Street Inn did a lot for me, and I appreciate everything. It’s all about respect, good conversations, good advice.”


“I want to have a good life again. I’ve been on the path, it’s one step at a time. I’m a very positive person—I know I’m going to make it!”

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