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Hackathon Winner to Aid Meal Distribution; New Dev. Director

February 9, 2021 — Pine Street Inn’s daily meals program boosted by hackathon. College Bound Dorchester names director of development.

Pine Street Inn’s Daily Meals Program Boosted by Hackathon

The Pine Street Inn, a Boston nonprofit that provides shelter for the homeless and helps formerly homeless individuals retain housing, get a boost last week when teams from three Massachusetts biotech companies won the 2021 Life Science Cares Hackathon, which aims to bring science expertise to a key challenge posed by one of the organization’s nonprofit partners.

Wave Life Sciences won the challenge and will work alongside the Pine Street Inn to enhance its iCater job training program and social enterprise to increase distribution from 2,800 meals a day to its shelter guests and other local human service agencies to 5,000 meals a day.

To kick-off the Hackathon, Pine Street Inn presented the problem. Challenges to scaling the program, exacerbated by COVID-19 restrictions, included packaging, storage, ordering, planning, and delivery limitations. The organization voiced needs for more robust planning and distribution capabilities to allow Pine Street Inn to adapt more quickly to evolving needs.

“The life science community is comprised of some of the brightest and most creative, collaborative minds with the resources and passion to help others,” says Sarah MacDonald, executive director of Life Science Care Boston, a Cambridge-based nonprofit that provides human and financial resources to eliminate the impact of poverty in Greater Boston. “The Hackathon is another way we can leverage industry members’ skills and expertise to help neighbors in our community.”

College Bound Dorchester Names Director of Development

Debbie Mahase

College Bound Dorchester, a nonprofit that addresses urban poverty and gang violence through its Boston Uncornered initiative by equipping students living in the Dorchester section of Boston with the attitude, skills, and experience to graduate from college, recently announced that Debbie Mahase has been named director of development.

“Debbie’s leadership in this role will help Boston Uncornered grow as an organization, so that we have the resources to make real change in the lives of our students and the communities where they live,” said Boston Uncornered co-founder Michelle Caldeira.

Mahase, who spent three years with the organization from 2015 to 2017, returned to build on that work and help scale up Boston Uncornered. Mahase left to pursue an opportunity in Dallas where she managed development for Mosaic Family Services, raising nearly $2 million and supporting a staff of four. In that role, she expanded the financial base of Mosaic and helped the organization to improve systems for continued growth.

College Bound Dorchester said Mahase will be leading is to grow the organization threefold during the next three years. Mahase earned a bachelor’s degree from Florida International University and is pursuing a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Northeastern University.

For the year ending Sept. 30, 2018, College Bound Dorchester reported $6.73 million in revenue, of which $6.72 million came from contributions and grants, and $7.78 million in expenses, according to its most recently available federal tax filing.

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