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Pine Street Inn: Men's Inn & Women's 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.

Services include:

  • 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.  


PULSE students connect directly with guests while they engage in a number of volunteer activities. Students "shadow" a counselor in the Men's or Women’s shelter during their shift. Students 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.