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Stories of Hope

Dignity Restored


Elroy is a gentle man with a warm smile and a twinkle in his eye. He has learned to appreciate the little things in life — like waking up in the morning in his own bed in his own room — and hearing the birds chirp outside his window.


There was a time when Elroy slept on the street and then in a Pine Street shelter bed, after the building he lived in was sold and he became addicted to alcohol.


Once he connected with Pine Street Inn, with the support of a caring case manager, Elroy slowly started to turn his life around.


He has lived in one of Pine Street’s residences in Dorchester for six years, and especially likes to wake up early in the morning to go for walks around the neighborhood.


“If it wasn’t for Pine Street, I don’t know where I’d be today,” says Elroy. “Now, I have my dignity back.”


You can help provide a home and community — and a sense of dignity — for the many men and women still on the street or in a shelter by supporting our programs.

See http://www.pinestreetinn.org/donate for ways how.

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