FAMILIES IN TRANSITION HAD ITS DAY IN THE RAIN AT WORLD’S CHAMPIONSHIP CHILI COOK-OFF

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 13, 2010

For more information, contact Michele Talwani – 603.682.6085

FIT Staff at ChilifestPHOTO: FAMILIES IN TRANSITION STAFF BRAVE WET WEATHER WITH A SMILE

Families in Transition, a nonprofit partner at the Worlds Chili Cook-Off, provided 60 volunteers on Friday, October 1, to help run the event. Pictured are FIT staff members (l. to r.)  Liz Byron, Treatment Coordinator; Stephanie Savard, Vice President; Maureen Beauregard, President; Cathy Kuhn, Director of Research and Training; and Michele Talwani, Director of Economic Development and Marketing.

FIT Raises Nearly $7,000 for a Bus at World-Class Manchester Event

MANCHESTER, NH – Families in Transition (FIT), a nonprofit partner with the City of Manchester for the 2010 World’s Championship Chili Cook-Off, raised nearly $7,000 through the event. The money will be used towards the purchase of a small bus for its youth and adult participants to get to and from appointments, child care, supportive services, and events, as lack of transportation is a common barrier to homeless individuals seeking help.

As a nonprofit partner, FIT was charged with providing 60 volunteers to help run the event on Friday, October 1. The agency was also charged with selling $100 supporter packages and individual one-day event tickets to individuals and corporations, from which a portion went towards supporting the Chili Cook-Off and a portion went towards the cost of a bus for FIT participants. In addition, the City of Manchester gave a portion of the proceeds from the tickets sold at the three-day event to each of the three nonprofit partners, including FIT.

The following are the top level individuals and corporations who bought supporter packages from FIT and helped to raise money for the Chili Festival and FIT activity bus: Anagnost Investments, Inc., Cityside Management Corporation, Dan & Karyn O’Neil, Michaelson/Deeter Family, MPFFA, MTS Services, Tiny Totland, Anesthesia Billing Systems, Cathleen Schmidt, Davis & Towle Insurance Group, Bain Pest Control Service, Demand Electric, Lucy Karl & Steven Gordon, Northern Elastomeric Inc., and Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. ATTORNEYS AT LAW.

Funds for the activity bus directly impact FIT’s ability to combat homelessness. “Being able to assure individuals and families transportation to services is going to get them one step further to self-sufficiency and housing stability,” said FIT Vice President Stephanie Savard, LICSW. “With the recent opening of FIT’s Family Place, the first program in the nation to provide integrated child care specifically designed for children and families facing homelessness and co-occurring disorders, the need for a larger vehicle has been ramped up even more so that we can allow our youth participants access to this new program.”

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 which serve as an economic engine to help pay for services they provide. For more information about FIT and the stores visit www.fitnh.org or call 603-641-9441.

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