Mark has lived on his own since he was 14 years old, and spent years struggling to find housing and a job. After time spent in jail, Mark came to Pine Street Inn, where he stayed in the men’s shelter and joined Pine Street’s Boston HandyWorks job training program. Training has given Mark the confidence necessary to obtain, keep, and advance in the workforce. Mark is now living in Pine Street’s permanent housing and has a full-time job. He has also reconnected with his young daughter.
“For years I had been trying to get out of a ditch, and Pine Street gave me a ladder,” says Mark.