'From there I went directly to Pine Street Inn, where I go every year to spend time with the residents and serve them a meal prepared by the wonderful volunteers.' Pilot photo/CardinalSeansBlog.org
...On Christmas Eve in the morning we went to the Teen Center at St. Peter's in Dorchester for their annual Christmas gift event. Around 600 kids received presents at the gathering. The event was established by the late Mayor Thomas Menino over 20 years ago and is sponsored through a combined effort from the Menino family, Catholic Charities and the Dorchester Tri-Parishes. I was happy to meet several members of the Menino family who were in attendance and helped pass out gifts to the children.
Paulo Amado De Barros, the director of the Teen Center, is doing a great job and the center is helping revitalize the neighborhood and serves as a safe place for young people to spend time together. A number of our local priests and other leaders of the community, including members of the Boston Police Department were there for the joyful occasion.
From there I went directly to Pine Street Inn, where I go every year to spend time with the residents and serve them a meal prepared by the wonderful volunteers. Lyndia Downie, the executive director at the Inn, is doing a wonderful work and it is impressive to see all the programs and new initiatives the center is sponsoring for the welfare of our homeless population.