FAMILIES IN TRANSITION RECEIVES LINCOLN FINANCIAL FOUNDATION GRANT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 11, 2017

For more information, contact: Michele Talwani – (603) 641-9441 ext. 239

FIT Receives $12,000 Grant to Help Fund Job Connections Program

MANCHESTER, NH- Families in Transition (FIT), a Manchester, Concord, and Dover, NH, based homeless services provider, has received a $12,000 grant from the Lincoln Financial Foundation in support of their FIT Job Connections Program.

Families in Transition and Goodwill Northern New England have partnered to develop the Job Connection initiative, which is designed to address the root causes of chronic unemployment, to help self-selected FIT residents develop and utilize the job and life management skills they need to be successful, and create pathways toward personal stability. Job Connection provides holistic support to program participants in achieving success in the workplace and life. The five-member Job Connection team, with offices at FIT in Manchester, NH, uses a field-based model, meeting participants in locations that work best for them.

“Since the summer of 2015, the Job Connection team has conducted job assessments with more than 100 of our participants who have a history of chronic unemployment,” said Maureen Beauregard, President of Families in Transition. “The program enables our participants to engage in activities such as skill development and confidence building, resume writing, interview practice and more. The ultimate goal is to find work that is the first step toward stability and independence.”

“Without the life skills for finding and keeping a job, it’s impossible to break the cycle of homelessness,” said Byron Champlin, Concord, N.H., program officer for Lincoln Financial Foundation. “Job Connection can give individuals those skills and start them on the path to a stable home and a fulfilling life.”

Families in Transition is a nonprofit organization that provides over 200 units of 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 the economic engine to help pay for services they provide. For more information about FIT, its programs and stores visit www.fitnh.org or call 603-641-9441.

The Lincoln Financial Foundation, established in 1962, is a nonprofit organization formed and supported by Lincoln Financial Group. Under the Foundation guidelines, grants are made in the areas of arts, education, human services and economic/workforce development.

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