Mt. Vernon St. Resident Recognized for PAL Work

Mt. Vernon Street resident Jean McInerney was recently recognized by Horizons for Homeless Children for her ongoing volunteer work in the non-profit’s Schoen Family Community Children’s Center in Dorchester.

She was honored as a Playspace Activity Leaders (PALs) during a June 15 banquet at Cambridge’s Microsoft NERD Center for serving at the Community Children’s Center since 2011.

Emily Levine, director of Policy and Advocacy for Roxbury-based Horizons, describes McInerney as “a great inspiration to staff” and “a special person and joy to have around.”

“Placed in the Preschool Classroom, Jean comes in every week full of energy and a kind heart with every interaction,” Levine wrote. “Jean’s charismatic personality is evident in her relationship and energy with the children, often reading, playing games, singing and dancing

Levine added that McInerney is also wholly supportive of the teachers at the Community Children’s Center, “always making a point to praise [them] and help out whenever needed, always giving her all.”

State Rep. Jay Livingstone, who was on hand at the banquet to presented McInerney with the PAL award, lauded her for contributing her time and expertise as a social worker at the Community Children’s Center.

“Jean exemplifies the best of Beacon Hill, helping those who most need it,” Livingstone said.

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