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February eNews: 35 years of outreach services — helping people move from the streets to housing
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Mike O'Neill, Outreach Counselor

Street Outreach Program Marks 35 Years
Mike O'Neill, Outreach Clinician

In February 1986, Pine Street Inn established the street outreach program, which has run every day and night since. In the past year, the outreach program placed 150 individuals directly from the streets into housing. 

Mike O'Neill has been a member of the daytime outreach team since 2018, connecting with men and women who choose to stay outside. Since December alone, he has helped 12 people into homes. 

“Some people have lost their faith or had bad experiences and it can be hard at first to develop rapport and trust. But we continue to follow up, and we don't give up. 

People sometimes think that we're just giving out socks and food, but there is so much more to it. We are supporting individuals, getting them connected to medical care, vital documents, getting people reunited with family or friends, working towards housing - and giving them hope. 

Recently, I was working with a woman who’s been through so much trauma and loss. We worked together for over six months, and I helped her move into housing in December. She told me afterwards, 'You kept coming out and you kept saying that this could happen and I didn't believe you at first and now I am here. I got my keys and I can rebuild my life.'" 

Read Mike's full profile > 


Homeless Census 2021

Boston Conducts Homeless Census

Although many cities canceled this year’s annual homeless census because of the pandemic, Boston recently went ahead with this important effort. Volunteers, including a number of Pine Street staff, worked in a safe, socially-distanced manner to count those without homes. 

The data gathered is critical to understanding this extremely vulnerable population and where there are service gaps; it also informs federal funding and helps measure progress in efforts to prevent and end homelessness, both locally and nationally. Thank you to all who helped with this effort

WBUR: Boston's 2021 Homeless Census > 

99 Restaurants Have a Heart fundraiser

99 Restaurants' Have a Heart Fundraiser 

We are thrilled to partner again this year with Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub for their annual "Have a Heart" fundraiser. 

With 48 locations in eastern Massachusetts and Salem, NH, participating restaurants will raise funds until February 21, 2021 to benefit Pine Street Inn. For every $5 dine-in or to-go donation you make, you will receive a $5 credit for future dining at the Nines!

Find a participating restaurant > 


Portrait of Humanity: Farney


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. Visit our photo gallery to see more Portraits of Humanity > 
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