FAMILIES IN TRANSITION EXPANDS FEDERAL SERVICE PROGRAM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For more information, contact: Michele Talwani – (603) 641-1143 ext. 322

Families in Transition VISTA ProgramPHOTO: FAMILIES IN TRANSITION TAKES ON STATEWIDE VISTA PROGRAM FROM FORMER PLUSTIME NH ORGANIZATION – The new Families in Transition (FIT) VISTA Program poses with State Program Director for Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont Shireen Tilley (shown bottom row, second from right) and FIT Vice President Stephanie Savard (shown bottom row, second from left) for a group photo at its first meeting.

VISTA Program increases to include 37 AmeriCorps*VISTAs

MANCHESTER, NH Families in Transition (FIT), program sponsor of the Manchester VISTA Project, recently announced an expansion and renaming of the project. Incorporating 21 VISTAs (Volunteers in Service to America) from recently closed Concord-based nonprofit PlusTime NH, the newly formed Families in Transition VISTA Program will now sponsor a total of 37 AmeriCorps* VISTAs across the state of New Hampshire.

AmeriCorps*VISTA, a program of the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS), comprises a nationwide network of volunteers who commit to serve full-time for at least one year at nonprofits, government agencies, and faith-based organizations working to fight poverty throughout the United States. Families in Transition VISTA Program VISTAs come from as far as California and as near as New Hampshire to serve at thirty-one agencies throughout the state, working to alleviate poverty in their communities.

The Families in Transition VISTA Program partners with organizations such as the YWCA New Hampshire, the City of Manchester, and various after-school programs to place VISTAs in service areas including homelessness, community development, and youth programming and education.

“The Corporation for National & Community Service is very excited about the merging of the PlusTime VISTAs with Families in Transition’s Manchester VISTA Program,” said CNCS State Director for Maine, New Hampshire, and VT Shireen Tilley. “FIT’s mission of helping low-income people out of poverty is a perfect fit for what will now be the largest VISTA project in the state, with 37 VISTAs serving throughout New Hampshire.”

“Families in Transition is proud to broaden the geographic scope of its VISTA program,” said Families in Transition President Maureen Beauregard. “By reaching beyond Manchester to support volunteers dedicated to fighting poverty across the state of New Hampshire, FIT can expand our mission of building hope for those most in need.”

The Families in Transition VISTA Program is sponsored by Families in Transition (FIT). FIT 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 which serve as an economic engine to help pay for services they provide. For more information about FIT, the FIT VISTA Program, and the stores visit www.fitnh.org or call 603-641-9441.

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