Fall Edition | November 2020 | Each year, Pine Street Inn helps more than 1,000 people move from homelessness into housing. Francisca had suffered the unimaginable, losing her husband, business and home all within a year. She and her husband had built a successful sewing business. When he passed, she could not keep up with the orders, and lost the business. Then she lost her home. Depressed and afraid, Francisca came to Pine Street Inn looking for help.
Fall Edition | November 2020 | This year, Thanksgiving is looking and feeling very different. "There isn’t a piece of our operation that is not stretched really, really thin,” Pine Street Inn’s president and executive director, Lyndia Downie, said. “We’ve got to protect as many people as we can. We’ve got to add some capacity statewide. And then we’ve got to stay on top of the COVID testing so it doesn’t get to where it was in the spring.” Few people know how valuable — how essential — that mission is as Kevin Mount does. Lives really do hang in the balance. He knows because he has been there. He has been one of them. “They saved my life,” he said. “Without exaggeration, they saved my life. ”Thank you, Pine Street.”
Fall Edition | November 2020 | Congratulations to Massachusetts' top 100 Women-Led Businesses recognized by The Commonwealth Institute and Boston Globe Magazine for their leadership efforts, including our own President and Executive Director, Lyndia Downie!
Fall Edition | October 2020 | This year, we’ve continued a longstanding tradition of encouraging our guests to register and exercise their right to vote. Lyndia was interviewed on CBSN about the misconceptions and barriers that people experiencing homelessness face during election season, and what Pine Street Inn is doing to support our guests.
Fall Edition | October 2020 | Pine Street Inn continues to work closely with the City of Boston to minimize the spread of COVID-19, as well as to ensure that those seeking shelter will have a safe place to go during the cold weather months.
Fall Edition | October 2020 | The October Innsider is out in email inboxes! Be sure to read the October eNews about how we are navigating through crises, a WBUR 90.9 FM article about how homeless shelters are preparing for the winter in the midst of the pandemic, our voter registration drive, Lyndia recognized by her alma mater for her leadership, and more!
Fall Edition | October 2020 | "We want to be here for people," Downie said. "But at the same time, if we go back to the numbers we had before — even with the personal protective equipment, even with the work we've done on cleaning and sanitation — the COVID numbers are going to go up, and we're going to put people at risk. And we have a lot of people here who are older — you know, a lot of people have preexisting conditions."
Fall Edition | October 2020 | When Pine Street Inn hired Brian Nowlan in the summer of 2019, it was the agency's first time creating a dedicated position responsible for overseeing all safety and emergency management. Pine Street's forward thinking proved invaluable when the global pandemic arrived. We chatted with Brian about his work as Pine Street looks ahead to the coming months.
Fall Edition | October 2020 | The Fall 2020 Pine Street Innsider newsletter highlights the many ways Pine Street Inn has been adapting in response to the pandemic, including the 'bridge' to housing we established to help implement social distancing among our shelter guests.
Fall Edition | October 2020 | Congratulations to our President & Executive Director Lyndia Downie, who was recently honored with the 2020 Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Vermont for her work with Boston's individuals experiencing homelessness.
Fall Edition | September 2020 | Did you miss our September Innsider in your email inbox? In this issue, learn more about our Women's Inn marking 40 years of impact serving women experiencing homelessness, Pine Street's recovery services and more!
Fall Edition | September 2020 | 2020 is my 8th Boston Marathon, although it's going to be different this year because of the pandemic. I'll be running along my own 26.2 mile course in September. I'll miss running with all the other charity runners; each one has a special story about the cause they support. But this year, friends and family will be joining me for segments during my run.
Spring Edition | July 2020 | Eric Emmons has been a monthly donor - an Innkeeper - for about two years now. This year, he decided to get further involved with Pine Street and is going to run the 2020 Boston Marathon to benefit Pine Street Inn.
Spring Edition | July 2020 | In order to ensure the continued health and safety of our guests, Pine Street will move 180 residents out of temporary housing at a Suffolk University dormitory and into a building at 891 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, to conform with the CDC’s social distance recommendations.
Spring Edition | July 2020 | David is a 66-year-old Vietnam veteran who served in the US Marine Corps and owned his home in Brockton. As he struggled with a gambling addiction, David lost his home. When he came to Pine Street Inn, David was at his lowest point. Today, David has a job and a new home!
Spring Edition | June 2020 | Pine Street Inn operates job training programs in the food services and hospitality industries for more than 160 men and women each year. Read about Charles' experience in the iCater workforce development training program. In and out of prison in the past, Charles proudly notes, "[the iCater job training program] is the first thing I feel I really completed."
Spring Edition | June 2020 | "This [iCater] program helped me get work with the United States Postal Service. None of the organizations that tried to help me in Hawaii, New York, nor Rhode Island did as good for me."
Spring Edition | June 2020 | People on the streets have a lot of apprehension. “Moments matter. There’s a lot of concerns about how to get testing, a lot of fear of going into the shelter. They’re glad we are here to provide information, food, basic necessities and resources. The other day, we did four telehealth calls in the field using my phone and videoconferencing in with a medical provider. That really touched me, to be able to do this. “
Spring Edition | June 2020 | Read the Spring/Summer 2020 issue and learn how Pine Street Inn adapted in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Spring Edition | June 2020 | At Pine Street Inn, we stand with our guests, tenants, staff, volunteers and board members who live with the indignities and violence of racism. We recognize that Black people are disproportionately represented among those experiencing homelessness, in Boston and nationwide. Those of us who are not Black or Brown cannot know what it is like to face systemic racism and its impacts on a daily basis.