Congratulations to more than 100 men and women who graduated Pine Street Inn’s job training programs in food services, building maintenance and housekeeping. The June 3rd ceremony also honored more than 200 men and women who moved into housing during the previous year and 227 people who found employment.
Joanne Chang, owner of Flour Bakery+Cafe and Myers+Chang and volunteer in the Visiting Chefs program with our food service trainees, praised the graduates for overcoming many obstacles and offered words of encouragement in her keynote address.
“You never stop learning. You never stop growing. Act like the person you want to be,” said Joanne, recalling her years learning and growing in the restaurant industry.
Ron Taylor, a Pine Street graduate, lost his accounting job and his home during the economic downturn. He spoke about his journey from homelessness to housing.
“I have great news,” he told the audience. “I recently moved into an apartment. A permanent place to live! I can’t even really put into words how great it feels to come home at the end of the day and to put my key in that door.”
The success of these graduates is proof that comprehensive programs and services offered by the Pine Street Inn and other Massachusetts organizations that focus on ending homelessness really work. Please consider donating today.
View more photos and read The Boston Globe article about graduation on Pine Street Inn’s Facebook page.