June 17, 2015

For more information, contact: Michele Talwani – 603.641.1143 ext.322


PHOTO CAPTION: BREAKING DOWN THE BARRIERS ON FAMILY HOMELESSNESS: Families in Transition (FIT) held a groundbreaking ceremony today to kick off the construction for their newest housing development, an emergency family shelter and resource center on Lake Avenue in Manchester, NH. Pictured include funders and supporters of the $2.3 million project; (back row, l. to r.): Chris Roos, Principal, Digital Prospectors Corporation; Alex Anagnost, Director of Philanthropy, Anagnost Companies; Judy Bergeron, President, MTS Services, Inc.; Michael Sydney, Vice President, Merchants Fleet Management; Christopher Dolloff, CEO, President & Chairman, Cityside Management Corp.; H. Andy Crews, President/CEO, AutoFair Automotive Group; Dennis Mires, Principal, The Architects; Dianne Mercier, President, New Hampshire, People’s United Bank; Chris Davies, Owner/Principal, Great Bridge Properties; and (front row l. to r.) Kathleen Reardon, SVP, Director of Corporate Giving, Citizens Bank; Arthur Sullivan, Principal Partner, Brady Sullivan Properties; Dick Anagnost, President, Anagnost Companies; Theresa Dolloff, Cityside Management Corp. and former Families in Transition Board of Director; Maureen Beauregard, President and Founder, Families in Transition; Governor Maggie Hassan, State of New Hampshire; Mayor Ted Gatsas, City of Manchester; Kevin Flynn, Communications Director, Community Development Finance Authority; Karen Wilson, Vice President & Community Reinvestment Act Officer, Bank of New Hampshire; and Dean Christon, Executive Director, New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority.






Families in Transition Begins Construction on Facility to Improve Access and Services to Homeless Families


MANCHESTER, NH – Families in Transition (FIT), a Manchester, Concord, and Dover, NH, based homeless services provider, held a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, June 17, to celebrate the start of the construction of its Family Place Resource Center and Shelter on Lake Avenue in Manchester. The facility will provide parents and their children who are experiencing homelessness shelter, critical healthcare, employment search support, specialized therapeutic preschool, and nutritious meals.


Nearly 100 people attended the event and toured the existing structure of the building, which is under construction. Speakers at the event included, Dick Anagnost, President of Anagnost Companies and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Families in Transition; Mayor Ted Gatsas, City of Manchester; and representatives from the Office of United States Senator Jeanne Shaheen, Office of United States Senator Kelly Ayotte, and Office of Congressman Frank Guinta of New Hampshire’s First District; Chris Dolloff, CEO and President, Cityside Management Corporation; Dianne Mercier, President, New Hampshire, People’s United Bank; Dean Christon, New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority, Kevin Flynn, Community Development Finance Authority; Maureen Beauregard, President of Families in Transition; and a participant of Families in Transition.


This project is the first of its kind in the City of Manchester,” said Maureen Beauregard, FIT President and Founder. “It will ensure that families experiencing homelessness are able to easily access the housing and services that they need to regain stability and long-term wellness. It is a huge project and the financial support of the community is essential to its success.”


The Family Place Resource Center and Shelter is a $2.3 million project. Families in Transition has raised all but $250,000 of the construction costs. The organization is reaching out to the community to raise the additional funds. Interested businesses and individuals can donate via FIT’s website at or by calling (603) 641-1143 ext.324.


Families in Transition 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, as well as a commercial cleaning company, FIT Cleaning Solutions, all of which serve as economic engines to help pay for services that FIT provides. For more information about FIT, the shelter, the stores, and the commercial cleaning company, visit or call 603-641-9441.



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