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October eNews: navigating through crises, WBUR, Lyndia recognized by alma mater, and more
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Brian Nowlan, Director of Emergency Management and Safety

Director of Safety & Emergency Management Helps Pine Street Inn Navigate Crises

In the summer of 2019, Pine Street Inn hired Brian Nowlan for a newly-created position, responsible for overseeing all safety and emergency management. Nowlan's knowledge and expertise have proven invaluable during the global pandemic. 

Below is a condensed excerpt of our conversation with Brian about his work as we look ahead. 

Your title is Director of Safety and Emergency Management. What does that mean in the context of Pine Street Inn? 

"My job is to proactively prepare for any kind of safety crisis that we should have a plan for. Typically, that includes fires, weather events, and medical issues. 

The first priority was to meet our teams and learn how I could support them and improve risk management. This was going well until Covid-19. My role quickly shifted to all things related to Covid-19. I lead the agency’s Covid-19 task force and oversee planning, infection control, testing, PPE supplies and disinfection. 

Every time that I receive a package of homemade masks from kind donors, I really can't say how thankful I and the rest of our team here are to have such generous supporters."

Read Brian's full interview and learn how we are preparing for the coming months >


WBUR no overcrowded shelters

WBUR: The Scramble For Space To Shelter Homeless In Pandemic Winter

"We want to be here for people," Lyndia Downie said. "But at the same time, if we go back to the numbers we had before — even with the personal protective equipment, even with the work we've done on cleaning and sanitation — the Covid-19 numbers are going to go up, and we're going to put people at risk. And we have a lot of people here who are older — a lot of people have preexisting conditions."

Read or listen to the WBUR piece > 

Guest registering to vote

Voter Registration Drive

Pine Street Inn recently held a voter registration drive for shelter guests with volunteers from the Innbassadors emerging leaders group.

"Sometimes I hear from our guests, 'I can't vote because I'm homeless.' Not true," President & Executive Director Lyndia Downie notes. Guests can use their shelter address to register to vote.

Encouraging our guests to register and go to the polls is especially important because they have key perspectives on housing and employment issues.

Lyndia Downie, President of Pine Street Inn

Lyndia Downie Recognized by Alma Mater, the University of Vermont

Pine Street Inn President & Executive Director Lyndia Downie was recently honored with the university's 2020 Alumni Achievement Award.

The award recognized her leadership and vision, which have made Pine Street New England's largest provider of permanent supportive housing for men and women moving out of homelessness.  



Portrait of Humanity: Jane

Portrait of Humanity Jane

Professional headshot photographer Charlie Abrahams volunteered his time over many sessions to create Portraits of Humanity, a series of striking portraits of our guests, paired with their quotes.
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