Pine Street Inn is the largest resource for homeless men and women in New England. With the belief that everybody deserves a place to call home, the organization now houses more than 800 people at 36 locations in Boston and Brookline.
Pine Street Inn received 23 artworks for their main site in October 2000, and 12 additional artworks between 2001 and 2003. Their newest home is the 19-unit permanent supportive housing residence on Upton Street, around the corner from our office in Boston’s historic South End. We placed 27 works of art in June 2012, several are featured here.
Art in Pine Street Inn’s Upton Street residence has created a welcoming environment the guests feel proud to call their home.
“Everyone is happy with the artwork selected. It has been very interesting to see how different pieces “call” to different people in our community. There is such a variety of opinions and tastes, and it is wonderful to see everyone drawn to different works of art,” says Melissa Cording, Manager of Individual Giving and Stewardship.
Our new short film about The Art Connection highlights much of the art installed in Pine Street Inn’s Upton Residence’s common areas on four floors of the building. Watch the film to see interviews with Melissa Cording, as well as the house case manager, Gloria Batista. Their testimony reveals why art is important to their tenants and which pieces have resonated with individuals living there.
All of Pine Street Inn’s 36 locations serve as stable, supportive environments for homeless men and women. Pine Street works to reconnect people who may have lost everything with elements of a dignified and productive life. Through job training programs and permanent housing, staff works to move people back to work, to home, to life.
For more information on Pine Street Inn, please visit http://www.pinestreetinn.org