Housing

Housing

Stories of Hope


"I feel like I have to give back."

 
Nilton, lovingly known by his iCater colleagues as Nitty, moved to Boston from Brockton. 
 
“I came to Boston because of the opportunities that were out here. There were only drugs where I came from and I knew I couldn’t stay.”
 
Nitty struggled with drugs before ending up at the John Flower House in Roxbury. It was there through his roommate that he learned about Pine Street’s social enterprise and workforce development program, iCaterHis counselor set him up with an interview with Jacob Sugerman, iCater Training & Development Specialist.
 
“Nitty is one of our most dependable trainees,” Sugerman says. “As he learns and practices professionalism in the workplace, we see him grow every day. He constantly goes above and beyond what’s expected of him, and he does it with such a positive attitude.” 
 
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. 
 
Long-term, Nitty says he wants to become a counselor – perhaps a recovery coach – for people who are struggling with sobriety an addiction. “I’ve had personal experience and I’ve lost family and friends because of the epidemic that’s sweeping through Massachusetts. I feel like I have to give back because the people in Boston have helped me out so much.”
 
Until then, Nitty is working hard at learning workforce skills to help him in his future professional endeavors. He is keeping to his structure and routine.





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.
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Lakiya's Story

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.
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Moving On

“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.”
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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.
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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.
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Victor's Story

Creative outlets, sharing, and seeing doctors regularly has helped Victor overcome homelessness.
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"Now I Feel Safe and Welcome"

Now Jose has a sense of community – and hope.
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Donald's Story

“I never thought I would be homeless, but I basically brought my situation on myself,” he reflects.
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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.
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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.”
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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.”
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Amanda's Big Dreams

At just 25 years old, Amanda already has lived more life than most people experience in a lifetime.
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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.
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"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.
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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.
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Shamus

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.
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