Families in Transition-New Horizons’ 8th Annual Wicked FIT Run

Families in Transition-New Horizons Continues to Provide Housing and Services to the Homeless in Concord

The Patch
October 11, 2019
Michele Talwani

Runners/Walkers return to participate in the 8th Annual Wicked FIT Run 5K in Concord
Runners/Walkers return to participate in the 8th Annual Wicked FIT Run 5K in Concord (Courtesy photo)

Families in Transition-New Horizons (FIT-NH) one of New Hampshire’s largest homeless services provider, so far this year in Concord, NH, alone, provided stable housing and case management services to 70 people, 36 of whom are children. Their housing is inconspicuous, so many in the community don’t know that they are providing this service to the homeless in Concord. One of the ways the organization engages with the community, in a public way, is through its annual costume-themed Wicked FIT Run certified 5K event in Concord. This year, the event will take place on Saturday, October 26, 2019, at 9:30 a.m. in Rollins Park.

“We’ve expanded our services in Concord to not only have the 30 units of longer-term, stable housing for families and individuals who are homeless, but we now have an Outreach Team walking throughout Concord connecting people experiencing unsheltered homelessness with critical, often lifesaving resources,” said Michele Talwani, VP Communications for FIT-NH. “We want the community to know that even though our retail store is no longer in downtown, we still need their support so we can continue doing our mission right here in Concord. One way they can do that is participating in our Wicked FIT Run/walk,” continued Talwani.

Each year the event attracts over 500 runners and walkers. Funds raised from the event will provide a home and hope to homeless families and individuals. People are encouraged to create teams and dress in costume. Prizes will be awarded in several costume categories, as well as race finish times. The cost to register before the event is $20 for adults over 25, $15 for individuals ages 11-19, and free for kids younger than 10. Registration will be available the day of the race for an additional $5. To register before the event, visit support.fitnh.org/wickedfitrun.

“NH Healthy Families is pleased to be the presenting sponsor of the Wicked FIT Run again this year,” said Jennifer Weigand, President and CEO of NH Healthy Families. “Families in Transition serves as a critical resource to our members throughout the greater Manchester community and we are proud to continue our partnership.”

Sponsors of the event include: Spectrum Marketing Companies, NH Healthy Families, AmeriHealth Caritas New Hampshire, Granite State Credit Union, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Great Bridge Properties, Lakes Media and Well Sense Health Plan.Subscribe

Families in Transition-New Horizons is a nonprofit organization that provides hunger relief, emergency shelter, safe affordable housing, and supportive services to individuals and families who are homeless or in need, enabling them to gain self-sufficiency and respect. FIT-NH also owns and operates OutFITters Thrift Store in Manchester, NH, which serves as economic engines to help pay for services that FIT-NH provides. For more information about FIT-NH, the race, and store, visit www.fitnh.org or call 603-641-9441.

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