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Thanksgiving for the homeless at the Pine Street Inn

Posted On: Dec 5, 2021   |   Posted By: Boston Herald

A cadre of officials and Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy were carving turkeys on Thanksgiving outside the Pine Street Inn, New England's largest homeless shelter, while one of its guests, Pamela Muise, stood off to the side with a walker packed with almost everything she owned.
The walker was due to the arthritis that had spread throughout her body. The belongings were mostly clothes, a phone and the Chromebook she was given for a class she was taking to learn how to use it.
Two and a half years ago, the friend she had been staying with threw her out in mid-winter, and she slept under a bridge for three nights until police brought her to the shelter.
“It was a godsend that they brought me here,” said Muise, 66. “It was a blessing.”
But the road to Thanksgiving at Pine Street has been a long one.
A Lowell native, Muise and her mother moved to Somerville when she was two. She graduated from Somerville High School and, like many of her friends, married her high school sweetheart. But he turned out to be...

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