The men and women served by Pine Street Inn are among the city's most vulnerable citizens. They may have jobs that don't pay enough to rent even the most modest of apartments in the Boston area. They may be dependent on alcohol or drugs. They may have histories of mental illness. They may just be down on their luck. They are your neighbors. Some of you recognize them as people who are homeless. Others of you most likely think live in the lofts or condos on Washington Street or Harrison Ave.
Businesses and residents are asked to contact the appropriate party, as outlined below, if they have concerns about homeless individuals they encounter in this neighborhood.
· If you feel it is a medical emergency, please contact 911.
· If it appears that a Pine Street Inn guest is in need of assistance from Pine Street Inn staff, please call 617-892-9210. We may be able to help and will do our best to send a staff member to assist the individual as soon as possible.
· It is not illegal for a person to solicit you for spare change, however, if it is done in an intimidating or aggressive nature, you should alert the police.
Many members of the neighborhood as well as members of the ODNA are becoming active volunteers at Pine Street. We are in particular need of neighborhood folks who might be available to serve meals during times of inclement weather when we may be short on staff or when volunteers from outside the area are unable to make it in. If you are interested in becoming involved, please be in touch with Scottie Wait, Pine Street Inn's Director of Volunteers. She can be reached at 617-892-9187.
We invite you to visit our website at www.pinestreetinn.org. Should you have any other concerns or suggestions on how we can be better neighbors, please be in touch with Aimee Coolidge, Director of Community Relations at 617-892-9107.