ENDOWMENT FOR HEALTH AWARDS FAMILIES IN TRANSITION $100,000 FOR YOUTH AND FAMILY PROGRAMMING

Funds Will Support Homeless Children

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 29, 2012
For more information, contact: Michele Talwani – 603.641.9441

MANCHESTER, NH – Families in Transition (FIT), a Manchester and Concord-based homeless services provider, recently received a $100,000 grant from the Endowment for Health. The grant will help fund the Family Place, FIT’s therapeutic preschool specifically designed for homeless children and their families.

Programming at the Family Place is designed to serve children and families by using trauma informed care and interventions that help them overcome behavioral challenges, thus putting them back on the path towards social and academic success. Most homeless children suffer psychological, emotional and physical damage caused by an unstable living situation. In many cases, this causes developmental delays which affect the children’s social and academic lives. The Family Place is highly successful in strengthening distressed family systems and minimizing the incidence of further hardship and despair.

“We are so grateful for the Endowment for Health’s support of the Family Place,” said FIT’s Founder and President, Maureen Beauregard. “The Family Place aims to reduce common barriers to care often faced by homeless and similarly challenged families. This grant will allow us to continue to provide these valuable child and family services to Families in Transition participants.”

The Endowment for Health, established in 1999, is a New Hampshire based nonprofit foundation. Their mission is to improve the health and reduce the burden of illness for the people of New Hampshire, especially the vulnerable and underserved. The Endowment for Health has awarded nearly $32 million in grants to programs and projects in the state since 2001.

Families in Transition is a nonprofit organization that provides safe, affordable housing and comprehensive social services to individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, enabling them to gain self-sufficiency and respect. FIT also owns and operates two thrift stores in Manchester and Concord, NH, as well as a newly established commercial cleaning company, all of which serve as economic engines to help pay for services that FIT provides. For more information about FIT, the stores, and the commercial cleaning company visit www.fitnh.org or call 603-641-9441.

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