There’s a lot going on at Families in Transition! Browse our photo galleries to view pictures from recent events.
Thank you to all of the schools, volunteers, and sponsors that made the 2014 Dodging Homelessness High School Tournament such a tremendous success! Together, we raised awareness on homelessness among many high school students from across the state. We also raised over $1,000 to benefit Families in Transition and the NH Coalition to End Homelessness. Stay tuned for details regarding our 2015 tournament! Updates will be posted at www.fitnh.org/dodgeball.
To commemorate the events of 9/11, the New Hampshire Catholic Charities, Families in Transition, CADCA VetCorps, NCCC and Campus Compact VISTA Programs joined together on September 9th for a day of service at the New Hampshire’s Food Bank’s Community Garden. Over 100 VISTAs gathered to put forth a team effort to make nutritious food available to the one in nine people who are food insecure across the state.
Thank you to all who attended the Groundbreaking Ceremony on August 29, 2013. Special thanks to our speakers: Mayor Ted Gatsas, City of Manchester; Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, New Hampshire's First District; Peter Clark, Office of United States Senator Jeanne Shaheen; Barbara Fields, New England Regional Administrator, Department of Housing & Urban Development; Kevin Flynn, External Relations & Communications Director, Community Development Finance Authority.
We held a grand opening for Families in Transition--Dover on February 6, 2013. The property will house single, low-income women beginning in March. Thank you Citizens Bank, New Hampshire Housing, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce for your support!
Families in Transition hosted the inaugural Wicked FIT Run, a family-friendly, 5K run/walk dedicated to chasing away homelessness in NH, on Saturday, October 27 at Rollins Park in Concord. Proceeds of this event are going towards Families in Transition’s programs and services for formerly homeless families and individuals. Thank you to all of the sponsors, runners and volunteers who helped make this a successful event!
Families in Transition acquired the nonprofit Manchester Emergency Housing, which provides staffing and resources to Manchester's only family shelter. This now broadens FIT's scope to provide immediate shelter to homeless families. Along with the acquisition, FIT gave the shelter an "extreme shelter makeover." With the help of area businesses, everything in the shelter was removed and the interior of the building was cleaned and painted. Businesses, organizations and individuals who donated time, items, and trades skills to the “shelter makeover” include: Digital Prospect Corporation, FairPoint Communications, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Merchants Automotive Group, New Hampshire Housing, Parker's Electric Services, United HealthCare, US Airways/Do Crew and students from the Derryfield School.
Families in Transition (FIT) hosted a press conference to announce the acquisition of Manchester Emergency Housing (MEH), the only family shelter in the Queen City. Additionally, it introduced its upcoming “extreme shelter makeover” project and the business partners working to make the project become a reality.Businesses and organizations donating time, items and trades skills to the “shelter makeover” include: Digital Prospect Corporation; FairPoint Communications; Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; Merchants Automotive Group; New Hampshire Housing; United Health Care; US Airways/Do Crew; and students from the Derryfield School.
Our 2012 Cinco de Mayo Celebration was a fun fiesta! FIT supporters, Board members, staff and community members came together for Mexican food, dancing, live music from the Jason Spooner Trio, and more. Thank you to all of the sponsors, attendees, and supporters who helped make this year's event a success!
We've finally expanded and relocated OutFITters Thrift Store Boutique! The Boutique now has a new home at 20 South Main Street in downtown Concord. Thank you to all of our project developers who provided the financial support to help grow and move the Boutique: Cityside Management Corporation, Northern Elastomeric Inc., Anagnost Companies, Citizens Bank Foundation, Grappone Automotive Group, Merrimack County Savings Bank, MTS Services, People's United Bank, Laconia Savings Bank, Northway Bank, Checkmate Payroll Services, Foothills Physical Therapy, and Peter C. Brankman & Company.
Thank you to all who attended the open house of our Belmont Housing Program on December 8, 2011. Special thanks to our speakers: Mayor Ted Gatsas, Mayor, City of Manchester; Matt Leahy, Special Assistant for Policy & Procedure, Office of U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen; Ashley Pratte, Project Coordinator, Office of Congressman Frank Guinta; Councilor Raymond Wieczorek, Executive Councilor, State of New Hampshire; Ben Frost, Director of Public Affairs, New Hampshire Housing; and Kevin Flynn, External Relations and Communications Director, Community Development and Finance Authority.
Thanks to our friends and supporters who celebrated our 20th anniversary with us! The evening entailed guided tours through our "Family Mill" property and a short program highlighting the growth and success of FIT throughout the years accompanied remarks by Mayor Ted Gatsas, FIT Board Members, FIT Alumni Participant, and Staff.
Members of the Families in Transition VISTA Program joined forces with VISTAs from NH Catholic Charities to give a day of service at the New Hampshire Food Bank production garden in Manchester. They harvested, weeded, and prepared plots. Their combined 132 hours of service were dedicated to military members and their families through Operation Honor Card!
Thank you to all who attended the grand opening of our Lowell Street Housing Program on June 3, 2011. Special thanks to our speakers: Mayor Ted Gatsas, Mayor, City of Manchester; Laura Simoes, Deputy State Director, Office of U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen; Councilor Raymond Wieczorek, Executive Councilor, State of New Hampshire; Senator Lou D’Allesandro, New Hampshire State Senator; Dean Christon, Executive Director, New Hampshire Housing; Robert Shumeyko, Boston Region Community Planning & Development Director, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development; and Greg Carsen, Manchester Field Office Director, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development.
A great time was had by all who came to Families in Transition's 2011 Cinco de Mayo Celebration! From drinks, dancing and dining to a variety of fun giving opportunities, party-goers were kept busy all evening long. Thanks again to each and every attendee, speaker, volunteer and celebration sponsor!