Pine Street Inn
Welcoming new board members, celebrating Juneteenth, and more!

Pine Street Inn welcomes new board members

Welcoming New Board Members

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Pine Street Inn is thrilled to welcome three new board members who bring a strong commitment to our mission, as well as broad and deep experience in a number of disciplines." 

- Lyndia Downie, President & Executive Director

Dennis Berger is Suffolk Construction’s chief culture officer and serves on Suffolk's Executive Committee. Prior to joining Suffolk, Berger was with CDW Corporation and the PepsiAmerica Corporation. He is a current board member and former vice-chair of skills for Chicagoland's Future, and serves on the Board of Directors of Skills for America's Future. Berger holds a BA from Northeastern University and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. 

Avana Epperson-Temple is a trial attorney in the Litigation Department at Peabody & Arnold. A former Pine Street Innbassador, she also serves as an at-large director for the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association, member of the Anti-Defamation League’s Associate Board and as a pro bono attorney for the Women’s Bar Foundation’s Family Law Project, representing survivors of domestic violence. In 2018, she was recognized by Get Konnected! as one of Boston’s Most Influential Millennials of Color; she was named an Up & Coming Lawyer by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly in 2020, and in 2021, she received the Massachusetts Bar Association's Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. Epperson-Temple earned a BA from Emory University and a JD from Northeastern University.
Paula Leca serves as the chief counsel, Specialty Business Units/Research and Development, at Takeda Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge. She joined Takeda in 2015 as associate general counsel and became vice president and head counsel, oncology in 2019. Previously, Leca held positions at the New York Genome Center, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Millennium Pharmaceuticals and Goodwin Proctor. She earned a BA from Stanford University and a JD from Harvard Law School.
Happy Juneteenth

Pine Street Celebrates Juneteenth 

Juneteenth marks the end of slavery in the United States when the last slaves were emancipated in Texas on June 19, 1865.

Pine Street has established Juneteenth as a formally recognized holiday. This year, we are commemorating the struggles of Black Americans and the celebration of their freedom in several ways with our shelter guests, staff and the community. These include supporting Black-owned businesses, matching donations to organizations focused on equity and offering reading lists on the subject.

We are excited to create new traditions in our community.


Workforce Development Programs Prepare Trainees to Move Forward

For over 30 years, Pine Street Inn has operated job training programs in food services and housekeeping, preparing individuals to re-enter the workforce.

Darryl, an iCater food service trainee, shares, "The classes, the kitchen and people set this program apart." In addition to food preparation skills, he has also learned about interview skills, budgeting and credit scores. 

Once he completes his high school equivalency exam, coupled with his training, Darryl looks forward to new career opportunities that will help him move toward self-sufficiency.

Learn about our workforce development programs >


Portrait of Humanity: Bentel

Portrait of Humanity Bentel

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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