In Solidarity

Dear Friends,

I write in sadness, frustration and anger about the killing of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and many other Black men and women in our country. The video of Mr. Floyd’s death is horrific and shameful, and as these acts of violence continue, we cannot remain silent.

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.

How do we go forward? We make a commitment to listen to each other. We make a commitment to take care of one another. We make a commitment to equity by working to change the systems that send so many into homelessness. And most of all, we keep doing our core work – helping people move off the streets, out of shelter and into the stability and hope of housing. This is how we translate our commitment to social justice into action.

Thank you for being part of our community and for helping make Boston a better place for all of us.

Sincerely,

Lyndia Downie
President & Executive Director
Pine Street Inn