WBUR: Homeless Shelter Pine Street Inn Sees Significant Drop In Number Of Positive Coronavirus Tests May 27, 2020 | In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Pine Street Inn has been putting measures in place, including social distancing, to limit the spread of COVID-19 among shelter guests.
Through retesting of guests, WBUR 90.9 FM's segment highlights that our efforts have been working. Lyndia Downie [Pine Street Inn President & Executive Director] says more needs to happen to continue to contain the spread of the coronavirus and protect people who are homeless into the future.
DigBoston: Shelter workers adjust to keep their own families safe from COVID-19 May 21, 2020 | Emilio Baez, the housekeeping administrator for Pine Street Inn, is still working six to seven days a week leading a team of 28 housekeepers, and realizes he could be exposed to the virus. The pandemic has him performing what he calls “a ritual” every day before entering his home to protect his family—especially his 12-year-old asthmatic daughter. Once he arrives back at his house in Roslindale, Baez cleans his car, removes his shoes, and heads straight to the basement.
Op-ed: Serving the poor is a path to higher humanity May 15, 2020 | Melissa MacDonell of Liberty Mutual Insurance Foundation penned an op-ed in the BBJ.
While there are many heroes in the COVID-19 story, let’s not forget the brave men and women keeping these shelters open, offering meals for our neighbors who are hungry, traveling alongside the scared and alone and forgotten. They are professionals who are collaborating and clamoring on behalf of a population of people primed for outbreak and spread of this deadly disease. Champions serving the homeless and poor. Advocates who keep showing up, stepping up and striving to “be up.” They’re heroes on a good day, miracle workers on a bad, and they need our renewed support.