Pine Street Inn began serving the homeless in 1969, providing a safe place for 200 men struggling with alcoholism. Today, it’s the larget homeless shelter in New England, providing services to 1,300 homeless men and women in Boston each day. Over the course of a year, the Inn serves more than 10,000 homeless people. Pine Street provides permanent housing for about 600 tenants. They also have 700 other beds for emergency and transitional housing. In addition to housing, about 125 men and women participate in the Inn’s annual job training programs, which are deisgned to teach various skills to help participants acquire and maintain steady work.
Today, I was the commencement speaker as this year’s participants graduated from the job training programs. Here’s what I had to say:
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