Originally from Boston, Paul had worked in the insurance industry in Texas. His business collapsed, and he turned to alcohol to ease the pain. Paul moved back to Boston and lived for a short time with relatives, but then wound up at Pine Street’s shelter. With the support of staff, he soon moved to a Pine Street residence where he has lived for over five years. Paul is active in the community, tutoring adults who are working toward their GED; working at polling places as an election official; and doing community advocacy.
“Having a permanent residence means so much more than just having a place to eat and sleep and shower. My room, the other tenants, and the house have truly become my home and family,” says Paul.