Elizabeth Tyler struggled to close the Styrofoam to-go container for her slices of sweet potato, apple, pecan, pumpkin, and pumpkin chiffon pies, but you could hardly blame her for trying.
Tyler, a 33-year-old mother of four, said she had been homeless for the past two months, after her family was evicted from their apartment in Charlestown.
Over the past two months, Tyler has lived in a motel, which means cooking meals in a microwave and washing items in the bathtub, she said. But for a couple of hours on Wednesday afternoon at the Josephine A. Fiorentino Community Center at Charlesview in Brighton, Tyler did not have a single chore on her plate — just turkey, dressing, and lots of desserts.
“My kids are having fun, and everyone here is open arms and smiles. No one is judging you or looking down on you,” Tyler said. “It makes you feel good."