A House Built on Hope
April 2nd, 2019
Olivia Papp, Class of ’19
In 1991, a unique program called Families in Transition – New Horizons was created based on the core belief that having a home leads to a better chance of being successful in any community. The nonprofit program’s goal, according to its mission statement, is to provide hunger relief, emergency shelter, safe affordable housing, and supportive services to individuals and families in New Hampshire who are homeless or in need,” enabling them to gain self-sufficiency and lead healthy lives.
As housing needs continue to become a greater issue in the state, Families in Transition – New Horizons-New Horizons has expanded to meet the growing demand of families lacking shelter. Currently, the organization owns more than 21 properties throughout New Hampshire. In 2016 alone, 230 families were provided shelter each night.
In 2018, Families in Transition – New Horizons-New Horizons established Hope House in Wolfeboro. Hope House provides room for seven families and intends to help a total of 43 parents and 84 children each year.
With Hope House less than one mile from Brewster’s campus, Brewster’s National Honor Society students were excited to get involved at the new venture. A few times each month, Brewster students volunteer their time to help young children learn by selecting books to read or working on homework together.
Student tutors have found that talking with the Hope House children and establishing a connection has allowed their relationships to flourish more and more with each visit. “By volunteering at Hope House, we are able to stand as role models for children and make memorable connections with them. We are friends they can read stories to and work on homework with, and by doing so we hope to give them a chance to just be a kid and have a brighter future,” said Katie Blackburn, a senior at Brewster.
Brewster students are very fortunate to have such a great volunteer opportunity so accessible to campus, and through each visit, the children of Hope House continue to impact the lives of their tutors.
Learn more: Head of School Craig Gemmell had a chat with Maureen Beauregard, founder and president of Families in Transition – New Horizons, and Michele Talwani ’89, Vice President of Communications and Marketing at Families in Transition – New Horizons. See their conversation here
Writer Olivia Papp ’19 recently won regional and national awards from the Scholastic Association’s Art and Writing Awards for her articles in Brewster’s student newspaper, the Brewster Browser.