MANCHESTER, NH – Families in Transition – New Horizons (FIT) is in the running to win a $25,000 grant through State Farm Neighborhood Assist, a crowd-sourced philanthropic initiative that lets communities determine where grant funding is awarded. Online votes, now through Friday, November 4, are needed in order for them to win. The money will be used at the organization’s Family Place Head Start Preschool Program in Manchester, NH.
“Homeless children have experienced a barrage of traumatic circumstances,” commented Maureen Beauregard, President and Founder of FIT. “This funding will help create child and family specific programming and therapy at the preschool by our licensed Family Therapist. Trauma informed early intervention strategies are essential to helping children and parent manage traumatic stress and lessen the negative impact of these experiences. We need the community to vote for us, each and every day, so that we can win the grant funds,” continued Beauregard.
In order to receive this $25,000 grant, FIT will have to earn enough votes to be in the top 40 of the 200 selected out of the original 2,000 agencies that applied. Voting starts on Wednesday, October 26 and goes until Friday, November 4. FIT is asking supporters to vote by visiting Neighborhood Assist and selecting the “Family Place Therapeutic Preschool” as their cause. People can vote up to ten times per day, per email address. Supporters are encouraged to help spread the word by posting on social media with the hashtag #SFNeighborhoodAssist and tagging @FITNH.
Families in Transition – New Horizons is a nonprofit organization that provides safe, affordable housing and 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, which serve as economic engines to help pay for services that FIT provides. For more information about FIT, the Family Place Resource Center and Shelter, and stores, visit www.fitnh.org or call 603-641-9441.