Local nonprofits provide healthy meals, career opportunities for families experiencing homelessness
ROXBURY, MA (November 8, 2017) – Horizons for Homeless Children, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of young homeless children and their families, today announced a partnership with Pine Street Inn’s social enterprise, iCater. Through the partnership, iCater will provide food service to children enrolled in Horizons’ early education centers, and parents with children enrolled at Horizons will be able to take part in iCater’s robust training program.
Horizons provides year-round early education to 175 children across its three centers, located in Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, and Dorchester. The centers provide a stimulating and nurturing education experience designed to close the learning and developmental gap for homeless children, and as part of its high-quality programming, children are given a healthy breakfast, lunch, and snacks each day.
“We are very excited to work with iCater because we see such a great opportunity to engage both generations of the population we serve,” said Kate Barrand, CEO of Horizons for Homeless Children. “We are determined to not only help children learn and grow so they can keep pace with their peers in the future, but also provide parents with a solid foundation so they can continue their success after they’ve left our program.”
iCater is a social enterprise of Pine Street Inn that provides family-style meals to nonprofit organizations and corporate catering to businesses throughout greater Boston. Incorporating Pine Street Inn’s food service training program into its operation, iCater helps men and women gain new skills and experience by working alongside professional kitchen staff, as they prepare to transition back into the workplace.
“Pine Street Inn is thrilled with this new partnership with Horizons for Homeless Children,” said Lyndia Downie, President and Executive Director of Pine Street Inn. “This is a wonderful way to enhance the lives of the children and parents served by Horizons, and to support the iCater training program, which provides skills leading to self-sufficiency for trainees. We welcome Horizons parents into the program.”
“When I knew my son was learning in class at Horizons, I was also able to thrive because I took part in the iCater internship, which has helped me further my career in the food industry,” said Kelly, a former parent at Horizons. “I’m proud of my work there and I know my son will be, too. I am excited for my career ahead.”
This partnership was announced just prior National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week (November 11-19). To learn how you can get more involved with Horizons for Homeless Children or Pine Street Inn, visit www.horizonschildren.org or www.pinestreetinn.org.
About Pine Street Inn/iCater
Pine Street Inn is a Boston-based nonprofit organization dedicated to ending homelessness for men and women. Pine Street provides services ranging from street outreach and emergency shelter to permanent housing and job training for 1,900 men and women daily. With 41 permanent housing locations in Greater Boston, and 950 once-homeless individuals now housed, more men and women live in housing than stay in shelter each night. To move people toward self-sufficiency, Pine Street operates iCater, a food services training program and social enterprise, offering catering services and preparing trainees to transition back into the workplace. For more information about Pine Street Inn and iCater, please visit www.pinestreetinn.org.