Permanent Housing

Permanent Housing

Workforce Development and Social Enterprise


Pine Street Inn offers supportive job training and transitional jobs in food services and housekeeping, providing individuals with the skills they need to secure jobs. Pine Street also supports its housing tenants in helping them achieve their highest level of self-sufficiency; for some, this leads to fully independent living. 


Approximately 200 men and women enroll in workforce development programs each year. iCater is Pine Street’s social enterprise that extends training and employment opportunities for food services trainees. Trainees learn both the vocational skills and attitudinal skills needed to help them find and maintain employment. 


Recent employers that have hired our trainees include: YMCA for Greater Boston, 2b design home, Zoo New England, Intermission Tavern, ServisAir, Guckenheimers Catering, New World Security, Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries, WBZ-TV, The Vitamin Shoppe, Joe’s Bar & Grill, Bertucci’s, South End House of Pizza, KSM Staffing, Winthrop Yacht Club and Babson College. 

Food Services Training Program

Food Services Training Program

Founded in 1990, Pine Street’s Food Services Training Program prepares nearly 100 men and women annually for employment in the food services industry. This eight-week course covers topics that include Kitchen and food safety. professionalism, financial literacy and mindfulness training. Upon completion, successful candidates may go on to an iCater internship in Food Preparation, Cafeteria Operations or Catering.
Trainees receive both classroom and practical education in customer service, menu preparation, kitchen safety, food sanitation, weights and measurements, deli/cafeteria operations, salad bar preparation and food production.
Trainees work with Pine Street's chefs and professional culinary staff to prepare more than 2,500 meals each day, and also gain experience serving customers in Pine Street’s staff cafeteria and through our social enterprise iCater
For more information, please contact Jacob Sugerman, 617.892.7776 or



Housekeeping Training Program

During the 8-week Housekeeping Training Program, trainees receive instruction in floor maintenance, sanitation and safe chemical handling, preparing participants for employment as housekeepers and general service workers.



Pine Street Graduation

Graduation Ceremony
Every spring, Pine Street hosts a graduation ceremony for the men and women who completed Pine Street’s job training programs during the prior year. Students wear caps and gowns, receive certificates of achievement and invite family members and friends to celebrate their accomplishment. For many, the event is the first graduation the students have experienced.


Alumni Services

Graduates of Pine Street's training programs are encouraged to stay connected and continue to work on career strategies and career development through the Alumni Career Network.
To receive more information, or for alumni who would like to update their contact information and/or share news, please call 617.892.7967 or