Pine Street Inn

Pine Street Inn

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]