Pine Street Inn
Pine Street Inn is a multi-service shelter for homeless men and women, a place where those to whom all other doors seem currently closed come for sustenance and survival. Among the people met here are the old and the lonely, the young and the unemployed, the depressed and the discouraged, and the alcoholic and the mentally disturbed. Some stay for only part of the day, and others stay for days and months. While the Inn tries to help the men and women to their fuller living, it in no way pushes guests beyond their inclinations or strengths. The Inn serves 1200 meals each night and shelters 350 men and 200 women each night. Each month, 1000 complete sets of clothing are issued and more than 1500 men and women receive basic medical care that they might otherwise forego or be denied. No fees are charged. The shelter asks for a name when a bed is assigned; beyond that, anonymity is respected. Full-time counselors are available for aiding guests with social services, health services, and alcoholism services.
Volunteers are particularly needed to serve in:
1. Preparing the Inn for nightly arrangements, including setting up housing, and other behind the scenes work,
2. Working while guests enter the building, directing them and helping them receive appropriate resources,
3. Helping the staff to provide resources (e.g. distributing clothing, meal tickets, and housing information), and
4. Befriending guests while mingling in the lobby.
4Boston students do tasks which best suit the student and meet the needs of the Inn. Aside from any specific task which 4Boston students will be performing, the most important part of their work at the Inn will be simple time spent in direct contact with guests - talking with the lonely, listening to the frustrated, hearing out the confused, and supporting the person whose legs have given out.
Monday - Friday, 4:00-7:45
444 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA - Take the Green Line to Boylston Street and walk down Tremont Street towards the Silver Line bus stop. Take the Dudley Square Silver Line bus to East Berkley Street.
Council Member 2012-13
Pete Trainor - firstname.lastname@example.org
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