Stories of Hope
"It made me feel so good to move in."
Don’t let her small stature fool you; Christine is a big personality and well-known around the Bowditch House on Green Street.
Christine has spent her entire life in Boston. She grew up in Fidelis Projects in Brighton. After graduating high school, she maintained a job in a mail room for 13 years, until she fell in with a bad crowd. Drugs took over her life and her sole focus became her next high. She lost her job and couch-surfed with friends, until she eventually ended up on the street.
Pine Street’s Outreach team met Christine there, and talked to her at length about coming in to the shelter and getting off the streets. They told her about the Bowditch House in Jamaica Plain, where she could live if she worked to get herself sober. Finally, she said yes.
Christine came to Pine Street with nothing. She was given clothing, food, and the support in getting sober. Staff connected her with a doctor to address her health issues. “All of the staff are so supportive — they do whatever they need to do to help you,” she reflects. “If you want to go to school or work or volunteer or whatever, staff is behind you 100 percent.”
As a resident at Green Street for more than ten years now, Christine has built a network of support. “Moving into Pine Street got me off the streets,” she said. “More than ever I have a sense of community, and I have more love for myself. It made me feel so good to move in. I finally had my feet on solid ground, because I could call this place home. No more drugs or running around.”
Christine is an active participant in the Green Street activities. From community meals and movie nights, to art projects and bowling, she engages with other tenants — all of whom are at different points in their journeys, and all of whom she’ll undoubtedly have a lasting impact on.
Help others like Christine move out of homelessness to a safe, stable place they can call home.
"Moving in to this place means freedom."
Don, a Boston native, returned home after 32 years to deal with health issues. After hitting rock bottom and experiencing homelessness, Don settled in one of Pine Street's permanent supportive housing locations.
"I feel like I have to give back."
Working at iCater and creating relationships with other trainees helped give Nitty the structure he needed. His gratitude and excitement for future opportunities is obvious to anyone who he meets.
Barbara & Jeanne
Both women were each looking for their own places, but with rents being so expensive, they decided to combine resources and get a place together. With support and resources from Pine Street Inn, they finally found an apartment.
Lakiya is a resident at Pine Street’s newly opened Kuehn House in Dorchester. At 25 years old, she had been homeless for almost seven years, moving out of her mother’s home at age18 because of a difficult relationship.
“I keep staring out the window,” he says to his case manager from Pine Street Inn. “I still can’t believe it. I grew up down the street. I’ve really come full circle.”
Finally At Peace
Now that she has a place to call home, Michele is at peace. "I can stay in during the cold winter months, I can eat when I want, I can reflect.," she says.
Creative outlets, sharing, and seeing doctors regularly has helped Victor overcome homelessness.
“I never thought I would be homeless, but I basically brought my situation on myself,” he reflects.
A Veteran Comes Home
He is only 27 years old, yet Edward C. has already faced more challenges than many people do in a lifetime. You can see it in his eyes.
Second Chances: Roberta’s Story
“There’s always hope for a second chance in life,” Roberta assures her fellow Pine Street job training graduates during her remarks at graduation. “There are people like the staff at Pine Street who really care and want to help you get back on your feet.”
“I love the tenants and neighbors here, Theresa, says with a big smile. “I have friends in the house and up and down the street. We always say ‘hi’ and have good conversations.”
Elroy is a gentle man with a warm smile and a twinkle in his eye. He has learned to appreciate the little things in life — like waking up in the morning in his own bed in his own room — and hearing the birds chirp outside his window.
A Home & Community For Everyone
At Pine Street, our vision and our goal are to support people in rebuilding their lives. We not only provide the physical structure of a home, but also the support necessary to connect back to a community and a sense of belonging.
VIDEO: Putting the Pieces Back Together
Watch the stories of a Pine Street tenant and a job trainee as they share their journeys out of homelessness.
Amanda's Big Dreams
At just 25 years old, Amanda already has lived more life than most people experience in a lifetime.
Grateful for a New Home
Previously an electrical engineer, Charles' life spiraled downward after he lost his job due to the economic downturn. With the recent opening of the St. Peter's permanent supportive housing location, Charles now has a place to call home again.
"They Gave Me Encouragement"
For 20 years, Linda spent nights sleeping in cars, on sidewalks or the Boston Common, while struggling with drug addiction and abusive relationships. She often wondered if this was what the rest of her life would be like.
Putting the Pieces Back Together
Homelessness has hit Maureen and her family hard, with their lives coming apart, piece by piece. But since coming to Pine Street Inn, they are beginning to feel hopeful again.
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 struggling with loss and homelessness, he is now on the path to a new life.