Stories of Hope
"Moving in to this place means freedom."
Don is 57 years old and hails from Malden, Massachusetts. For 32 years, he lived in Anchorage, Alaska where he took over his grandfather’s fishing boat. Eventually, Don returned to Boston to deal with some health issues, including his blindness.
Before he found Pine Street Inn, Don suffered from alcoholism. At one point, he couldn’t go a single day without drinking and finally hit rock bottom.
Don became homeless and wound up in the Men’s Inn shelter at Pine Street. Staff connected him to medical and mental health support systems, where he got sober. Then they helped him find permanent housing.
Don is now settled in one of Pine Street’s permanent supportive houses in Dorchester. His favorite part about his studio apartment is having his own bathroom and bed.
“Moving in to this place means freedom. It’s a new adventure,” Don says. “I remember when I walked into my apartment, I kissed the floor. I couldn’t believe it.”
Permanent supportive housing is a cost-effective, tested solution to end homelessness and greatly improves the quality of life for long-term homeless men and women.
Don was interviewed on Channel 5 earlier this year. You can watch it online here.
Help others like Don move out of homelessness to a safe, stable place they can call home.
"I feel like I have to give back."
Working at iCater and creating relationships with other trainees helped give Nitty the structure he needed. His gratitude and excitement for future opportunities is obvious to anyone who he meets.
Barbara & Jeanne
Both women were each looking for their own places, but with rents being so expensive, they decided to combine resources and get a place together. With support and resources from Pine Street Inn, they finally found an apartment.
Lakiya is a resident at Pine Street’s newly opened Kuehn House in Dorchester. At 25 years old, she had been homeless for almost seven years, moving out of her mother’s home at age18 because of a difficult relationship.
“I keep staring out the window,” he says to his case manager from Pine Street Inn. “I still can’t believe it. I grew up down the street. I’ve really come full circle.”
Finding Joy in the Little Things
Now that Elizabeth has a second chance at life, she appreciates every detail of her new home and daily routine.
Finally At Peace
Now that she has a place to call home, Michele is at peace. "I can stay in during the cold winter months, I can eat when I want, I can reflect.," she says.
Creative outlets, sharing, and seeing doctors regularly has helped Victor overcome homelessness.
"Now I Feel Safe and Welcome"
Now Jose has a sense of community – and hope.
“I never thought I would be homeless, but I basically brought my situation on myself,” he reflects.
A Veteran Comes Home
He is only 27 years old, yet Edward C. has already faced more challenges than many people do in a lifetime. You can see it in his eyes.
Second Chances: Roberta’s Story
“There’s always hope for a second chance in life,” Roberta assures her fellow Pine Street job training graduates during her remarks at graduation. “There are people like the staff at Pine Street who really care and want to help you get back on your feet.”
“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.”
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.
A Home & Community For Everyone
At Pine Street, our vision and our goal are to support people in rebuilding their lives. We not only provide the physical structure of a home, but also the support necessary to connect back to a community and a sense of belonging.
VIDEO: Putting the Pieces Back Together
Watch the stories of a Pine Street tenant and a job trainee as they share their journeys out of homelessness.
Amanda's Big Dreams
At just 25 years old, Amanda already has lived more life than most people experience in a lifetime.
Grateful for a New Home
Previously an electrical engineer, Charles' life spiraled downward after he lost his job due to the economic downturn. With the recent opening of the St. Peter's permanent supportive housing location, Charles now has a place to call home again.
"They Gave Me Encouragement"
For 20 years, Linda spent nights sleeping in cars, on sidewalks or the Boston Common, while struggling with drug addiction and abusive relationships. She often wondered if this was what the rest of her life would be like.
Putting the Pieces Back Together
Homelessness has hit Maureen and her family hard, with their lives coming apart, piece by piece. But since coming to Pine Street Inn, they are beginning to feel hopeful again.
Shamus V. grew up working in the restaurant business and then served in the U.S. Army as part of the honor guard at Arlington National Cemetery. After struggling with loss and homelessness, he is now on the path to a new life.