June 2, 2016

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FULL HOUSE – Over 250 Families in Transition – New Horizons supporters joined to celebrate the organization’s 25th anniversary of providing a home to homeless individuals and families in New Hampshire. The evening event raised over $75,000.


VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR – Anne Marie Finn of Londonderry, NH, was awarded Families in Transition – New Horizons’s 2015 Volunteer of the Year for her extensive work with the agency. Volunteer projects included sharing her interior design skills by doing window displays at OutFITters Thrift Store Boutique; decoration, furniture selection, and paint coloring of the organization’s new Family Place Resource Center and Shelter; and participation on planning the 25th Anniversary Celebration event.


YOUTH VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR – Emily Lawrence of Bedford, NH, was awarded the 2015 Youth Volunteer of the Year award for her work in FIT’s Youth Ambassador Program and OutFITters Thrift Store.


VOLUNTEER GROUP OF THE YEAR – The National Charity League was awarded the 2015 Volunteer Group of the Year for their recurring weekly volunteer work with OutFITters Thrift Stores as well as event and other project work for Families in Transition – New Horizons.


VOLUNTEER SCHOOL GROUP OF THE YEAR – Southern New Hampshire University was awarded the 2015 Volunteer School Group of the Year for their ongoing volunteer work by their staff and students at both Families in Transition – New Horizons and OutFITters Thrift Store.

Families in Transition – New Horizons Event Draws over 250 Local Supporters to Celebrate 25 Years

MANCHESTER, NH – Families in Transition – New Horizons (FIT), a Manchester, Concord, and Dover, NH, based homeless services provider, raised over $75,000 at their 25th Anniversary Celebration in Hooksett, NH, on June 1, 2016. Funds raised at the event will be used towards providing housing and social services to homeless families and individuals. In addition, awards were given to volunteers of the year and the Maureen A. Beauregard Scholarship recipient.

“Going from housing five women and their children in Manchester to now, twenty five years later, FIT has 20 properties, over 200 housing units, in three difference cities, is just amazing,” said FIT Founder and President, Maureen Beauregard. “It’s powerful to know that we’ve helped provide housing and core services to over 3,000 people over these years. Getting people up and out of homelessness is what we’ve been doing and will continue to do.”

Since 1991, over 250,000 hours have been donated by thousands of dedicated volunteers to the agency and the organizations OutFITters Thrift Stores. During the evening event, awards were given for the 2015 volunteers of the year, in the following categories: 1. Youth Volunteer of the Year – Emily Lawrence of Bedford, N; 2. Group Volunteer of the Year – National Charity League; 3. School Group of the Year – Southern New Hampshire University; and 4. Volunteer of the Year – Ann Marie Finn of Londonderry, NH.

In addition, the Maureen A. Beauregard Scholarship was awarded to Melisa Hanks. Annually, the scholarship is given to a current FIT participant or alumni member to help cover educational costs. Ms. Hanks will use it towards the pursuit of a degree in Early Childhood Education at Manchester Community College.

Sponsors of the event include: Cityside Corporation and the Dolloff Family, Comcast, Spectrum Marketing Companies, AutoFair Automotive Group, INSP, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Cross Insurance, Catholic Medical Center, Lincoln Financial Group, Great Bridge Properties, NH Healthy Families, Sheehan Phinney, and SweetShot Photography.

Families in Transition – New Horizons is a nonprofit organization that provides safe, affordable housing and 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 economic engines to help pay for services that FIT provides. For more information about FIT, the stores, and the event, visit www.fitnh.org or call 603-641-9441.


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