Pine Street Inn's 2014 Graduation - Sheriff Tompkins Applauds Efforts

The Pine Street Inn's 2014 Graduation, attended by many Boston area dignitaries, lauded the efforts and accomplishments of many Pine Street Inn residents.  Mayor Marty Walsh gave the key-note address while Suffolk County Sheriff Tompkins was thanked for his support towards reducing homelessness and recidivism.

Pine Street Inn Graduation The Pine Street Inn held its 2014 graduation ceremony on June 11, 2014 with many dignitaries in attendance, recognizing the accomplishments of many Pine Street Inn residents. 
Boston HandyWorks Training Program
The Housekeeping Training Program
The Food Services Training Program.

Graduation Ceremony Speakers

Opening remarks were delivered by Pine Street Inn’s President and Executive Director Lyndia Downie, who congratulated the graduates. 

The ceremony featured a keynote address by Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, remarks from a job training graduate, and the presentation of the Robert Heard Scholarship.

In the photo:  Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins with Corinne Ferguson, Chair of the Board of Directors for Pine Street Inn (left) and Lyndia Downie, President & Executive Director of the Pine Street Inn (right).

Gratitude to the Suffolk County Sheriff's Dept

Ms. Downie expressed her gratitude to the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department for helping to foster independent, productive members of society, much as the Pine Street Inn does. Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins, in attendance, was commended for his actions in support of job creation.  “We’re really happy to be working with the Sheriff’s Department in placing more people with jobs and addressing issues of recidivism and homelessness,” said Ms. Downie.

Expressing mutual admiration for the Pine Street Inn, Sheriff Tompkins applauded the organization and its leader.

“The work that the Pine Street Inn is doing is exactly what we’re all about at the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department,” said Sheriff Tompkins. “They’re giving people options and providing them with opportunities to turn things around in their lives. Options and opportunities are the very things that curtail crime and recidivism. I commend Lyndia and the Pine Street Inn staff for their dedication to this cause, and I’m glad that I was there to witness first hand the profound impact that their work has had on so many lives.”

About the Pine Street Inn

Founded in 1969, Pine Street Inn is New England’s largest provider of permanent supportive housing, emergency shelter, job training, and street outreach to homeless and formerly homeless individuals. Pine Street welcomes more than 1,600 men and women daily, providing short and long-term solutions to help individuals gain stability and reach their highest level of independence. The organization currently houses more than 800 tenants in 36 housing locations, as well as apartments throughout Greater Boston. 

For more information, visit:

Pine Street Inn
444 Harrison Ave
Boston 02118

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Posted: June 16, 2014    Nancy J Conrad