Families in Transition – New Horizons to hold open house in Dover
By Michelle Kingston
DOVER — Families in Transition – New Horizons will host an open house during the first week of February to celebrate the type of housing they will soon be providing to the community.
On Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., FIT is inviting the community to introduce themselves.
“We’ve always been in Manchester and Concord,” said Director of Economic Development and Marketing Michelle Talwani. “Not many people in the Dover area know who we are or what we do.”
FIT’s board Chair Sedra Michaelson will speak, along with a representatives from Citizens Bank and New Hampshire Housing. Tours of the home will be provided, along with hot coffee and light fare.
FIT is a homeless services provider. They purchased a home located at 576 Central Ave. in January and have been working to spruce up the colonial ever since.
The home, which was once Our House for Girls, is built very well, according to Talwani, but did need some extra tender loving care.
Over the past few months, groups from John Hancock Financial Services, Liberty Mutual, the United States Coast Guard, Velcro and Workplace Success in Rochester have spent hours stripping the walls, painting, cleaning and providing light maintenance to assure each room is perfect.
The house will provide single, low-income women and their children a place to call home.
“Each woman will have their own locked bedroom, but it will be communal living, with shared bathrooms, kitchens and living rooms,” Talwani said.
This is FIT’s first property in the Tri-City region.
“We pride ourselves as good neighbors in each community that we are in so we would love for the community to come meet us and hear about our goals for the home and the types of residents that will be living in the home and just learn more about FIT,” Talwani said.
FIT will be looking to fundraise within the next month to furnish the house. Their goal is to have occupants by March.
Please RSVP for the open house by Friday, Feb. 1, by emailing [email protected] or by calling (603) 641-9441, ext. 242.