Merchants Auto Provides Funding For Emergency Family Shelter


August 25, 2014

For more information, contact: Michele Talwani – (603) 641-1143 ext. 322

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Families in Transition received a donation from Merchants Automotive Group to help fund the construction of the organization’s family emergency shelter and resource center on Lake Avenue in Manchester, NH. Pictured (l. to r.) are Jennifer Gordon, Community Relations Coordinator; Anne Schunemann, Fleet Services Advisor; Jacqulyn Higgins, Registration Specialist; Steven Curt, Supervisor of Originations & Imaging; Roxy Baker, CMT Senior Receivables Specialist; Jeffrey Singer, Owner; Maureen Beauregard, President, Families in Transition; and Michael Sydney, Vice President.




$47,500 Awarded to Enhance Services and Housing for Homeless Children and Families


MANCHESTER, NH – Families in Transition (FIT), a Manchester, Concord and Dover, NH, based homeless services provider, is the recipient of $47,500 donation from Merchants Automotive Group through the Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA) Tax Credit Program. The donation will help to sustain and enhance FIT’s housing and services for the homeless by helping to fund the construction of the Family Place Resource Center and Shelter in Manchester.


“Merchants Fleet Management and its ownership believe in helping people in need,” said, Michael Sydney, Vice President of Merchants Automotive Group. “We have adopted Families in Transition (FIT), among many organizations we support, both monetarily and with volunteer hours. The State of New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority Tax Credit Program (CDFA) is a wonderful way to support organizations with their capital needs. This was the impetus for Merchants to participate in the initiative to purchase the tax credits to support the creation of the new FIT Family Place Resource Center and Shelter.”


The new facility will provide comprehensive services to some of Manchester’s most vulnerable citizens. The Family Place Resource Center and Shelter facility will house a new and expanded emergency family shelter, as well as a comprehensive resource center specifically designed to meet the needs of homeless families and children. The dual purpose nature of the project will ensure that families with complex and varied needs are able to quickly and easily access the services that they need to regain housing stability and long-term wellness.


“We are thankful for the support from Merchants Automotive Group,” commented Maureen Beauregard, President of Families in Transition “By developing a new family emergency shelter and resource center, we will be able to help families most in need in our community that are affected by homelessness.”


Merchants Automotive has been a leading Manchester, NH used car dealer in the region of Hooksett, Concord and Nashua New Hampshire for almost half a century. During that time they have emphasized the importance of excellent customer service, quality used vehicles, and top-grade car repairs and service. They’ve become a distinguished member of the greater Manchester, NH, region through hard work, and the Singer family’s dedication to the community and the customers that they serve.


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 stores, and the commercial cleaning company, visit or call 603-641-9441.






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