A deserving citizen
To the Editor: I would like to publicly congratulate Maureen Beauregard for all of these years of dedicated service to homeless families. I could never have imagined how my life changed when I entered the pilot program of Families In Transition. There it was, one building with five families.
How we all struggled together to help the program grow. I was a major complainer back then and Maureen took it all in stride and added into her program the clinicians and other resources that needed to be put in place. I suppose that is what pilot programs are for — to learn and grow.
Previous to entering FIT, I and my children were homeless on and off a number of years since I had gotten out of the Air Force. I just couldn’t keep it together.
Since my time in the FIT program, my children have grown up as I have maintained stable housing. I was led by staff to get clean and sober, and I maintain good standing in 12-step programs. I went back to school and got a bachelor’s degree and found myself working in homeless services for a number of years. I cannot imagine my life if Maureen had not become a role model for me.
I am just one person. She has helped thousands of people through the years, and I get excited every time I hear of the FIT program expansions. I wanted to say thank you and congratulations to Maureen for this year’s Citizen of the Year Award.