Cogswell Benevolent Trust Awards Families in Transition – New Horizons Grant


November 6, 2013

For more information, contact: Michele Talwani – 603.641.1143 ext 322




A Community of Opportunity for Homeless Children and Their Families


MANCHESTER, NH – Families in Transition – New Horizons (FIT), a Manchester, Concord and Dover-based homeless services provider, recently received a $75,000 grant from Cogswell Benevolent Trust. This grant will help fund the construction and implementation of The Family Place Resource Center and Shelter on Lake Avenue in Manchester.

This facility will provide comprehensive services to some of Manchester’s most vulnerable citizens. The Family Place Resource Center and Shelter facility will house a new and expanded emergency family shelter, as well as a comprehensive resource center specifically designed to meet the needs of homeless families and children. The dual purpose nature of the project will ensure that families with complex and varied needs are able to quickly and easily access the services that they need to regain housing stability and long-term wellness.

“The current emergency family shelter in Manchester is held in triplex home built many years ago for three families, not the seven that currently reside there each night,” said FIT’s Founder and President, Maureen Beauregard. “There’s an absolute need for a new, larger family shelter that would also significantly enhance the sense of safety and comfort among residents.”

Cogswell Benevolent Trust offers grants to 501(c)(3) organizations with valid tax-exempt regardless of purpose, non-profit or not-for-profit that have charitable or educational purpose, public agencies with educational, religious, fraternal organizations that serve the public without restrictions, and other charitable institutions with a primary objective to offer aid, assistance, education, or the betterment of public resources.

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 cleaning company, FIT Cleaning Solutions, all of which serve as economic engines to help pay for services that FIT provides. For more information about FIT, the new shelter, the stores, and the commercial cleaning company visit or call 603-641-9441.



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