Another View – Dick Anagnost: New Horizons-Families in Transition merger makes sense
There’s been a lot of talk about the potential merger between Families in Transition (FIT) and New Horizons. We would like to clear up any confusion and explain why a merger of our two organizations makes perfect sense.
The core mission and services of both organizations will not change. New Horizons will continue to provide a hot meal, a warm bed, and a box of groceries to anyone who needs it. The New Horizons and FIT staff will remain unchanged. FIT will continue to provide safe, affordable housing and supportive services to both individuals and families experiencing homelessness. This merger is about enhancing services to the homeless in our community. It is not about changing the necessary services both organizations provide.
Using a classic game of baseball as an analogy: New Horizons does a great job at getting adults who are experiencing homelessness and hunger to first base by providing them shelter and food. Families in Transition does a great job at getting individuals and families from third base to home plate by providing emergency, transitional, and permanent supportive housing and social services. That being said, what has become abundantly clear is the gap in services from first-to-third base.