BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — There was plenty for all at the Pine Street Inn in Boston on Thanksgiving this year.
The people that come to the inn are called guests, and on the holiday, they sit at long tables decorated with place mats drawn by children and supportive messages from strangers written place cards.
The Pine Street Inn was founded 50 years ago, in 1969, and aims to help the homeless “move from the streets and shelter to a home, and assists formerly homeless individuals in retaining housing,” according to their website.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh was at the Thanksgiving event on Thursday.
“It’s the amazing way to start the day,” Walsh said. “You get a lot of gratitude, gratitude for what you have in life. And I think a lot of people forget the gratitude we should have.”
Joe Healy is a guest at the Pine Street Inn. He wore a dark hoodie and had a toothbrush in his pocket. A medical emergency left him nowhere to go but the inn.
“Today’s the day to be thankful for what we do have,” Healy said. “I’d like to say that the Pine Street Inn does an amazing job of making the lives of those of us who stay here. They go out of their way in all ways.”
WBZ NewsRadio's Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports