July 12, 2012
For more information, contact: Michele Talwani – 603.641.9441 ext.239

PHOTO CAPTION: BUSINESSES AND COMMUNITY COME TOGETHER TO KICK OFF SHELTER MAKEOVER – Families in Transition – New Horizons (FIT), a Manchester and Concord-based homeless services provider, held a press conference announcing its acquisition of the nonprofit Manchester Emergency Housing. With this new division, FIT agency will be able to broaden its services to provide immediate shelter to homeless families. Citizens Bank Foundation provided $15,000 in funding for this project. FIT’s plan of giving Manchester Emergency Housing a “shelter makeover” was also announced at the press conference. Shown in the picture are representatives from Families in Transition – New Horizons, City of Manchester and businesses and organizations partnering to make the “makeover” a reality.

This New Division of Families in Transition – New Horizons Will Broaden Services of Agency

MANCHESTER, NH – Families in Transition – New Horizons (FIT), a Manchester- and Concord-based homeless services provider, held a press conference to announce the acquisition of the nonprofit Manchester Emergency Housing, which provides staffing and resources to Manchester’s only family shelter. This now broadens FIT’s scope to provide immediate shelter to homeless families. Additionally, they announced its plans to give the shelter a “makeover” later in July with the help of area businesses.

Since acquiring Manchester Emergency Housing, Families in Transition – New Horizons has streamlined processes, made it more efficient and diversified its funding sources. This has enabled the City of Manchester to save resources, as previous to FIT taking over the organization, the city was the only funding source.

“Nationwide, Families are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population,” stated Maureen Beauregard, President of Families in Transition – New Horizons. “The acquisition will streamline services for homeless families by providing them with access to a greater array of services that will ultimately help them end their homelessness by moving on to stable housing as rapidly as possible.”

Citizens Bank Foundation provided $15,000 towards the endeavor. Addressing homelessness has long been a priority of the Citizens Bank Foundation,” said Chris Grenier, Community Investment Manager at Citizens Bank. “Families in Transition – New Horizons has a proven track record in effectively serving the needs of families experiencing homelessness.  We are proud to support their acquisition of Manchester Emergency Housing which will increase access to services for families in need of immediate housing.”

FIT also announced its plans of giving the shelter a “makeover” later in July. With the help of area businesses, everything in the shelter will be removed and the interior of the building will be cleaned and painted. Gently used bedroom furniture donated by the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will replace the existing worn bedroom furniture. Brand new bedding was donated by Digital Prospect Corporation. Merchants Automotive Group is landscaping, improving the children’s outdoor play area, and helping paint the interior of the shelter. Other businesses and organizations donating time, items, and trades skills to the “shelter makeover” include: FairPoint Communications, New Hampshire Housing; United Health Care; US Airways/Do Crew; and students from the Derryfield School.

While the “shelter makeover” is only the beginning for Manchester Emergency Housing, there are still opportunities for businesses and individuals to get involved.  Future needs for MEH would include but are not limited to monetary donations for the operation of the shelter, food for the emergency pantry, additional new bedding, and funding for transportation provide by FIT staff to and from essential appointments and to gain access to basic necessities.

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 newly established commercial cleaning company, all of which serve as economic engines to help pay for services that FIT provides. For more information about FIT, the stores or commercial cleaning company, visit www.fitnh.org or call 603-641-9441


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