A Message From Our President
Families in Transition has come a long way since my initial work with five homeless women and their children at our first Manchester, NH location almost 20 years ago. The referrals I received that first year for housing and aid felt daunting, but I would never have imagined how much that need would grow or how responsive we could be in answering the important call for help. Today, we have grown to serve over 170 families and 180 children each night and receive over 4,000 referrals each year from struggling families in need of housing and services. And the need continues to grow.
The community has been a constant support to Families in Transition over the years and for that, we are all deeply grateful. With your support, we have become a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) whereby we develop affordable housing for those we serve as well as for the community as a whole. We have also developed a Property Management department with more than 160 units of housing, which allows us to provide the administrative and maintenance needs for all of our facilities. We are very proud to be a contributing community member and with our continued focus on housing leadership, development, and management, we continue our commitment to improving the quality of our neighborhoods for all citizens.
Our commitment to provided services that help to get to the root cause of homelessness has resulted in the recent development of two innovative programs designed to assist individuals and families end the cycle of homelessness. First, the Family Willows Program was implemented as the state’s first co-occurring substance abuse and mental health treatment program with housing as an option for a number of families. This successful formula of housing and supportive services has lent to new milestones in the research and treatment of homeless individuals with co-occurring disorders.
We are also especially honored to offer The Family Place Program, which provides specialized childcare and therapeutic services for homeless families and their children. The primary goal of The Family Place is to address the specific issues faced by homeless families utilizing an integrated approach which focuses not just on the needs of parents, but also those of the child, and more importantly the family as a single unit. The comprehensive services provided at The Family Place, will help to prevent the long-term family disruption and separation too often caused by the complex factors which lead to family homelessness.
As we serve our community with a “model of excellence” approach, whether it is with our clinical programming offered to individuals entering any of our programs, our continuous development of state-of-the-art housing facilities, or our social entrepreneurial business spirit as is seen with the development of OutFITters Thrift Stores, we are continuously excited to share each and every one of our successes with all of you. Thank you for your support and for your continued commitment to the mission of ending homelessness for individuals, families, and children in New Hampshire.