Geoffrey S.: A Marine Rebuilds His Life

Geoffrey S., a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, has come a long way since his time living on the streets. Now housed and a trainee in Pine Street Inn’s iCater food services training program, he’s excited about his future.

“I grew up in Roxbury and joined the Marines after graduating high school,” says Geoffrey. “My dad was an Air Force officer, so I was interested in the military and wanted to be part of something bigger. Following my discharge, I moved back to Boston to be near family.”

“Unfortunately, I was the victim of an assault, and I have a seizure disorder as a result,” Geoffrey says. “I can control it with medication, but I’ve only been able to work part-time.” This lack of full-time employment led to housing insecurity and homelessness.

Geoffrey realized it was time for a change. “I came to Pine Street looking for shelter,” Geoffrey says. “Staff recommended the iCater food service training program. I’ve worked in food services for much of my life, so this program is a great fit. I’m learning new techniques, more effective ways of doing things, and the importance of teamwork and good communication. I love what I’m doing.”

In addition to job training, Geoffrey is housed at a Pine Street residence and is excited for his future.

“Everybody at Pine Street has been terrific,” Geoffrey continues. “If you need help, people are here to give it to you. You have to decide what you want and go for it.”