Winter Edition | March 2021 | Pine Street Inn has a long history with the Asian community. Located on Pine Street in Chinatown from 1969-1980, in a shared space with the Chinese Evangelical Church, our guests were treated with generosity and kindness by the community. These are our neighbors, and we cannot stay silent. We must stand together against hatred of all kinds, raising our awareness and our voices.
Winter Edition | March 2021 | Pine Street Inn supports and empowers women out of homelessness. This issue features Louisa's story of hope, shares the exciting news about special housing for vulnerable women, and highlights Kim's experience working as a housing placement specialist for Pine Street Inn.
Winter Edition | March 2021 | Louisa grew up outside of Boston, and had a happy childhood. In her 30s, she found herself caught in an abusive relationship. One night, she ran away from her partner, and wound up in an accident. Her life took another turn a few years ago when her father died and her mother moved into a nursing home. As a result, she became homeless and cycled from one shelter to another for the past four years. Pine Street Inn staff succeeded in building a strong relationship with her over time. After submitting many applications, she is thrilled to have moved into her own place.
Winter Edition | February 2021 | This month: 35 years of outreach services helping people move from the streets to housing, the importance of the homeless census, and our "Have a Heart" fundraiser with 99 Restaurants!
Winter Edition | February 2021 | We are thrilled to be partnering again this year with 99 Restaurants for their annual Have a Heart fundraiser! 48 locations in eastern Massachusetts and Salem, NH, are raising funds from February 8 through February 21, 2021. For every $5 dine-in or to-go donation you make, you will receive a $5 credit for future dining at The Nines!
Winter Edition | February 2021 | "My favorite moment is when I give a client keys to their own apartment. All the ups and downs that we go through together are worth it to no longer have to see that individual in that doorway, in that park, on that bench."
Winter Edition | January 2021 | The Winter Walk is an annual event that raises awareness and financial support for Boston organizations working to end homelessness. In 2021, all activities related to the walk will take place remotely; walkers are asked to complete their independent walks between January 29 and February 7 and an online presentation will take place Sunday, February 7 at 3pm. We invite you to join us!
Winter Edition | December 2020 | The winter solstice is the longest, darkest night of the year. When you're homeless and vulnerable, every night can seem like the longest. We remember Tom. He lived outdoors, resisting invitations to come inside to shelter. But we never gave up on him. Tom's death affected all of us. At the same time, we were so grateful to have given Tom the opportunity to pass with dignity. Today is for Tom, and every person passing without a home.
Winter Edition | December 2020 | Joseph is an MSW candidate at Boston College’s School of Social Work. He spoke about his field placement experience in Pine Street’s stabilization program, which is a unique blend of shelter services and structured outpatient treatment for substance use disorders. "It was a challenge and a privilege to support guests at this critical stage in their recoveries," Joseph shared. "The arrival of Covid spurred our shift to telehealth services. As we work to end homelessness, how can we serve as many people as possible while also maintaining high standards of safety and care? It is an honor to be part of that effort in some small way."
Winter Edition | December 2020 | Pine Street Inn will again participate in this wonderful community event. The Winter Walk raises awareness and important financial support for Boston-based organizations working to end homelessness, and Pine Street is pleased to be a partner and beneficiary. Each year, participants gather in Copley Square to begin and end a two-mile walk. In 2021, the walk will take place in person, if possible, and virtually - the morning of Sunday, February 7.
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.
Spring Edition | May 2020 | Mayor Walsh recorded a video expressing thanks for our community who helped Pine Street quickly adapt to meet the needs of Boston’s homeless men and women in response to COVID-19. Thank you for your steadfast support.
Winter Edition | January 2020 | In our latest issue of the Innsider, you'll learn more about how our Outreach teams work with those who stay outside, as well as our plans to increase housing, as we move men and women off the streets, out of shelter and back to a home and community.
Winter Edition | January 2020 | From 50 years ago to now, Pine Street Inn has evolved over the years, but always consistently offered support to individuals every day with the goal of helping each one move out of homelessness.
Fall Edition | October 2019 | The ribbon cutting ceremony took place on Monday, October 28, hosted by WCVB President & General Manager Bill Fine and Pine Street Inn President & Executive Director Lyndia Downie. The makeover provides a fresh, comfortable living quarters for the 22 tenants. Thank you to WCVB and WCVB advertisers for your generosity!
Fall Edition | October 2019 | Pine Street Inn is marking 50 years of impact. Watch firsthand how we have made an impact and why we will continue to make an impact for the next 50 years in the community. Over the past 50 years, Pine Street Inn has evolved from a building on Pine Street in Chinatown providing ‘a hot and a cot’ -- a meal and a bed for the night -- for 200 men, to four shelters and 40 permanent housing locations, supporting close to 2,000 men and women every day.
Fall Edition | October 2019 | Pine Street Inn celebrated its 50th anniversary by launching a $50 million fundraising drive to pay for repairs, emergency expenses and a recently proposed 225-unit housing complex in Jamaica Plain. The fundraising campaign would help the organization add 200 new housing units for people transitioning out of homelessness or others who qualify for affordable housing, said Lyndia Downie, president and executive director. The funds are also expected to go toward building repairs, support services and other resources for the roughly 2,000 people the nonprofit serves daily.
Fall Edition | September 2019 | Pine Street Inn is marking its 50th anniversary with a $50 million fund-raising campaign so it can continue to fight homelessness for many years to come...“It’s bittersweet,” Lyndia Downie, Pine Street Inn’s president and executive director, said in a telephone interview. “We’ve come a long way, but we still have a lot of work to do.”
Fall Edition | September 2019 | The local nonprofit's $50 million campaign aims to expand permanent housing for those who have experienced homelessness. A lot has changed since the Pine Street Inn first opened 50 years ago. When it began in 1969, the old Chinatown outpost served up a hot meal and a bed to some 200 men experiencing homelessness each night. Today, volunteers provide meals to nearly 2,000 people each day, and the organization is known as New England’s largest homeless services provider.
Spring Edition | August 2019 | Lyndia Downie talks about the successes – and challenges – of moving men and women out of homelessness and into the stability of housing.
Spring Edition | July 2019 | As part of our 50th anniversary, we are sharing stories from those who were here at the beginning. The following excerpt is from an interview with Monsignor Frank Kelley, a founding member of Pine Street Inn who is still active in the organization today.
Spring Edition | June 2019 | Pine Street Inn and The Community Builders, a leading nonprofit developer of mixed-income housing, have announced a partnership to build a mixed-use building.
Spring Edition | May 2019 | Learn more about the community groups and organizations that are supporting Pine Street in various ways!
Spring Edition | May 2019 | Avana Anderson is an Associate in the Boston law office of Morrison Mahoney LLP. She is also a Pine Street Innbassador, our emerging leaders’ network.
Winter Edition | February 2019 | I’ve been seriously running for about two years. The 2019 Boston Marathon will be my first marathon.
Winter Edition | February 2019 | This will be my third marathon; the first one I ran was in November in New York, and I just ran the Disney marathon in January.
Winter Edition | January 2019 | Jason Clemons has been a member of Pine Street’s Outreach team for 11 years, working with homeless men and women who choose not to come into shelter. Since our Outreach vans started canvassing Boston’s streets in 1986, they have not missed a night!
Winter Edition | January 2019 | As part of our 50th anniversary, we will be sharing stories from those who were here at the beginning. The following excerpt was pulled from an interview with Warren Strom, who is now 89 years old.
Winter Edition | January 2019 | David Krakauer endured the elements during last year's Boston Marathon in support of Pine Street Inn.
Winter Edition | January 2019 | In 2019, we are marking a major milestone: 50 years in the Boston community. As I reflect on the 35 years that I have been here in roles as an administrative assistant, in development, in the program area, and now, as President. I am both humbled by and proud of the progress that we have made as an organization!
Winter Edition | January 2019 | Jill Ker Conway was a writer, a scholar, president of Smith College in Northampton, MA – and a philanthropist. An Australian native, Conway left her mark on the Boston community, including Pine Street, not only as a loyal donor during her lifetime, but also in helping to sustain Pine Street after her death last year.