November 2, 2011

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Maureen A. Beauregard Scholarship Fund Established

MANCHESTER, NH – Friends and supporters of Families in Transition – New Horizons (FIT), a Manchester and Concord-based homeless services provider, joined the organization’s board and staff to celebrate 20 years of the agency’s achievements on Wednesday, November 2 at the OutFITters Thrift Store in Manchester. Maureen Beauregard, FIT Founder and President, was also honored for her work within the community and leadership within the agency.

Twenty years ago, Ms. Beauregard began Families in Transition – New Horizons with five single women and their children in the organization’s original property on Spruce Street in Manchester. Today, FIT employs over 50 employees and owns 14 properties in Manchester and Concord. Since its inception, FIT has provided over 3,500 formerly homeless individuals with safe, affordable housing, and social services. FIT participants have a high rate of success with moving from transitional to permanent housing.

According to Sedra Michaelson, FIT Chairperson, “Maureen’s true passion to make a difference in the lives of homeless individuals – adults and children alike has pushed the organization to continually think outside the box. Because of her efforts, FIT has been recognized nationally as an organization using research and strength based practices to work with the population that we serve. As the needs of the community have changed and increased, FIT has grown as well,” continued Michaelson.

The celebration included guided tours of the Families in Transition – New Horizons “Family Mill” property located on Second Street in Manchester, which included a FIT participant apartment, Family Place Child Care Center, and OutFITters Thrift Store. Several political and state leaders spoke during a program chronicling the accomplishments of the agency. A special segment highlighted the work of Ms. Beauregard, as recounted by individuals who have worked alongside her throughout FIT’s history.

Xiomara Aponte, a FIT participant alumna, reflected on the impact Beauregard’s work had on her life, “I came from having nothing to having family and a home—they (Families in Transition – New Horizons) changed my whole life.”

In honor of her dedication and commitment helping to eradicate homelessness in New Hampshire, the FIT Board of Directors and other supporters created the “Maureen A. Beauregard Scholarship Fund”. The Fund was established to provide FIT participants and alumni of the program with the financial resources needed to pursue continuing education, and may be used towards tuition, books, technology, and other educational expenses. Funds totaling $8,500 were raised. Interested parties who would like to donate to the fund can do so on the Families in Transition – New Horizons website.

Families in Transition – New Horizons 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 commercial office cleaning company, which serve as an economic engine to help pay for services FIT provides. For more information about FIT, the stores, the cleaning company, or the Maureen A Beauregard Fund, visit www.fitnh.org or call 603-641-9441.


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