Groundbreaking emergency family shelter unveiled in Manchester

$2 million shelter is first to offer multiple services under one roof

UPDATED 12:32 AM EST Dec 23, 2015

MANCHESTER, N.H. —Hundreds of people from nonprofits across the city gathered in celebration of the grand opening of a new emergency family shelter in Manchester Tuesday night.

The Center of New Hampshire, which will open in early January, will offer a lot more than just a roof over people’s heads.

More than three years and $2 million were invested into this project, which was spearheaded by homeless services provider Families in Transition – New Horizons.

It is the first shelter of its kind to offer multiple services under one roof.

“Well, what’s interesting about this is the second floor is the shelter, and it shelters 11 families with their children,” said Maureen Beauregard, of Families in Transition – New Horizons.

The living quarters this Lake Avenue complex are large — and private; each room has its own bathroom and a safe for valuables.

“The whole building [has] video surveillance throughout,” said Beauregard.

And on the first floor, the facility offers wide range of services, including a kitchen serving healthy meals, a therapeutic child care center, intake services, employment assistance, health care and more.

“It’s about helping people to get back on their feet and move into our society and our community,” said Mayor Ted Gatsas.

“To have something like this here, you know how badly it’s needed,” said New Hampshire Sen. Lou D’Allesandro. “You know this neighborhood, you know the trouble this neighborhood has been in.”

And now, people can count on this one-stop-shop for families in crisis.

“This is really a haven for kids and families,” said Beauregard.

Again, this is a shelter for parents and kids. Individuals who need help will be referred to different locations.

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