Addison: "This program helped me get work."

Addison at his bell-ringing

Pine Street Inn operates job training programs in food services and housekeeping for close to 160 men and women each year, preparing them to re-enter the workforce. Although we were unable to hold our ceremonial Graduation event, we want to be sure to recognize and congratulate our graduates, like Addison!

Addison served in the Army. After his discharge, he had a difficult time adjusting to civilian life.

Although he wound up becoming homeless, he remained very focused on getting a job. He moved around, working his way from Hawaii to Boston.

A long, winding road to the Pine Street iCater Program

Because he is a veteran, Addison found his way to the New England Center and Home for Veterans here in Boston. Based on the kinds of jobs he wanted to get, Addison got a referral to Pine Street Inn's iCaterBoston job training program.

"Besides culinary skills, we learn conflict resolution and how to better work in groups," Addison shared. "By doing a good job in the program, we can build our resumes and professional references. This 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."

Congratulations, Addison, on your graduation from the program and securing a job!