When 24-year-old Jill Pastena first came to the Boston Rescue Mission, her case manager said, she was shaky and barely spoke. Pastena, who was then addicted to drugs and alcohol, has been sober for the past four months. Speaking to a crowd for the Boston Rescue Mission’s Day of Thanks on Sunday afternoon, she thanked the Mission for saving her life.
“I’m so blessed,” said Pastena, who is originally from Woburn. “I probably wouldn’t be alive today and that’s why we need places like this.”