Pine Street Inn

Pine Street Inn

Pine Street Inn

WHO: Pine Street Inn of Boston

WHAT: Socks, Hats and Gloves for the cold winter nights and Locks for lockers at Pine Street Inn for clients to store their belongings.  Please bring in:

  • Standard size locks with keys (no combination locks)
  • Socks, Hats & Gloves (all sizes and colors) for women and men

WHERE: Please leave your donations in the marked baskets in the Main Church foyer.

WHEN: On the weekends of January 22/23 and January 29/30.

WHY: “ For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,  I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’  … ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ (Matthew 25: 36-37,40)

We are asking all parishioners to join with our Religious Education students in this service project For more information call Teresa Doyle Smith at the rectory (781-878-0160) or Liz Davis at the Religious Ed. Office (781-871-1244)

Hat sock and glove drive


Each year Holy Family parishioners share their time and talents with our neighbors in need at the Pine Street Inn, 444 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA.  Pine Street Inn, the largest homeless shelter in New England, was founded in 1969 to furnish support services for over 2,000 men and women each day. 
The Inn provides:
•    Overnight shelter and permanent housing
•    Meals
•    Emergency services
•    Workforce development

Pine Street Inn’s mission is to end homelessness by making permanent housing a reality for all.

Holy Family has been involved with Pine Street Inn since the 1980’s when Mary Lou Kraemer, a former Directory of Religious Education  (DRE) for the middle and high school programs, made sandwiches with the help of the students and delivered the food to the Inn.  For years Mary Lou, with her team of adult parishioners, bought, prepared, and served meals for the guests at Pine Street Inn.  Today, 38 years later, Holy Family parishioners continue to minister to the guests at Pine Street Inn through a number of activities.

One Saturday morning a month parishioners purchase, prepare, serve and clean-up breakfast for guests residing at one of Pine Street Inn’s half-way houses.  Teams carpool from Holy Family’s parking lot at 8 a.m. and return to Rockland before 11 a.m.

•    All Breakfast Club volunteers attend one session of VIRTUS® Protecting God's Children, sign a Code of Conduct and complete a yearly CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) form as mandated by the Archdiocese of Boston.

Holy Family parishioners, during Advent for the season of Christmas, purchase gifts for the guests at Pine Street Inn’s half-way homes and donate gift cards for CVS, Dunkin Donuts, Stop n Shop, Visa Cards and Walgreens for the guests at the shelter.

Holy Family promotes a Locks and Socks drive for Pine Street Inn’s guests in the fall.  Locks are for lockers at Pine Street for guests to store their belongings.  Socks are for the cold winter nights.

Holy Family Religious Education students make Valentine cards to be distributed at the annual Valentine Luncheon for all Pine Street guests. 

If you are interested in volunteering for this ministry or would like more information please contact Teresa Doyle Smith, Pastoral Associate at the Rectory (781-878-0160) or email Teresa at: [email protected]