Shamus V. grew up working in the restaurant business and then served in the U.S. Army as part of the honor guard at Arlington National Cemetery.

After the Army he got married, had a daughter, and started working in construction. Then his wife died tragically at 33 years old, sending him into a deep depression.  His own family was never tight-knit, so his daughter went to live with his in-laws, because Shamus  knew he was not able to give her the care she needed.

His life went downhill, and he wound up on the streets. When his mother recently passed away, he knew it was time to turn over a new leaf and start a fresh chapter in his life.

Shamus kept hearing about the programs that Pine Street offered – he learned about veterans housing and the job training programs. Shamus moved into Pine Street’s veterans housing in Dorchester, and began to move forward.  Through the iCater training program, he had a place to work in Pine Street’s kitchen, and was on his way to creating a new life.

After completing the training program, Shamus secured a job as a cook at a downtown Boston restaurant and then moved into his own apartment. Just recently, he was offered a job working in a restaurant on Nantucket under a Michelin starred chef!