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Job-training program helps homeless find work

Pine Street, hopeFound collaboration that trains clients and finds them jobs draws praise from employers and the employed

Finding a job in this anemic economy can be challenging for many people, but for Lorraine Carrington — who was homeless, battling addiction, and had just finished a six-month jail term last spring — the hurdles were even higher.

Carrington, 46, a former certified nursing assistant, knew her assault and battery conviction would make it difficult to get work, but with the help of Pine Street Inn, Carrington last month landed a job sewing lampshades and pillows for the Cambridge home décor business 2b design. Her new position started as a training program, with Pine Street paying her a $50-a-week stipend for the first few weeks, but the owner soon plans to hire Carrington as a part-time employee.

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