Pine Street Inn
Nature and Purpose
Pine Street Inn serves 1,600 individuals daily to provide short- and long-term solutions so that individuals can begin the journey out of homelessness and on to permanent housing. Our vision is to help individuals gain stability and their highest level of independence by offering a wide range of services for every person who turns to Pine Street Inn for help.
- Permanent supportive housing – More than 600 formerly homeless individuals live in 35 residences that are either owned or operated by Pine Street Inn.
- Emergency and transitional shelter – each night, more than 600 men and women are provided with emergency or transitional shelter at one of Pine Street’s four locations.
- Workforce Development and Social Ventures – Pine Street provides job training in two areas; food services, and building maintenance, providing individuals with skills and job placement services.
- Street Outreach – Pine Street’s outreach teams travel throughout Greater Boston to offer food, blankets, health care, and referrals to approximately 75 unsheltered men and women daily.
Shelter Support: PULSE students have the opportunity to connect directly with guests while they engage in a number of volunteer activities. Students will "shadow" a counselor in the Men's or Women’s shelter during their shift. Students will have the opportunity to get to know their counselor and learn a great deal about working in the shelter environment. Some of the activities students may participate in involve assisting with dinner service, playing cards and checkers, helping check guests into the nurse's clinic, staffing the front desk at the main entrance, sorting mail and coordinating the nightly list of guest bed assignments.Students are expected to reflect on their experience in the shelter with journal entries to be completed once a week.
Housing Support: The Park Street Residence serves 29 women living with chronic mental illness. This is permanent, supportive housing. Each individual tenant has their own private bedroom. All other areas- kitchen, bathroom, living and dining rooms, are shared in common. This is an intensive program with 24 hour staffing. With the assistance of staff, the tenants work on goals and objectives to move towards greater independent living and
self-sufficiency. Staff also provide administration of medications, assistance with activities of daily living, and two meals per day, as well as crisis intervention as necessary.
Two students will assist staff with various activities and have the opportunity to get to know tenants very well over the course of the year. They will be expected to engage with the tenants and assist staff with various activities; preparing meals, attending house meetings, hosting game events and providing staff support.
Shelter Support: Students will be required to complete two 4 hour shifts per week, beginning at 2:30pm and ending at 6:30pm. Schedules are somewhat flexible and weekend shifts are available. Students will be required to complete a mandatory training session in October. This date will be posted at the Town Meeting.
Housing Support: Students will be required to complete a mandatory training session in October at the Inn’s main shelter location. This date will be posted at the Town Meeting. Students will serve two 4 hour shifts per week on Monday & Wednesday or Tuesday & Thursday from 3:00pm - 7:00pm. This opportunity is for female students only. We will look for students that are available for the same two-day shift.
Coffie Fields, Volunteer Coordinator
444 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02118
617-892-9187 or -9186