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.
Over the past 50 years, our programs have continued to evolve to meet the needs of our community. We started out in 1969 as an emergency shelter for 200 men suffering from alcoholism, led by the inspirational Paul Sullivan. Today, we operate four emergency shelters and 41 houses – collectively supporting close to 2,000 men and women every day.
Since its inauguration in 1986, as a result of someone dying on the street in the frigid cold, our Outreach van has not missed a night in supporting those staying on the streets. Today, we have implemented programs and resources that will help stop homelessness before it begins. More than ever, we are collaborating with the City of Boston and like-minded organizations to create a truly cohesive approach to ending homelessness.
However, while tremendous progress has been made in solving homelessness for men and women, there is still much to be done. We will continue to advocate for the most vulnerable men and women in our community, working to end homelessness – and better yet, to prevent it from happening in the first place.
I am so very grateful to our community of supporters who make our work a reality. YOU are the reason we can impact on so many lives, and I cannot thank you enough. From everyone here at Pine Street – from 1969 to today – thank you! I think Paul Sullivan would be proud.