NEARLY 200 CELEBRATE OPENING OF NEW EMERGENCY FAMILY SHELTER
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 23, 2015
For more information, contact: Michele Talwani – (603) 641-1143 ext. 322
PHOTO: CELEBRATION IN HONOR OF NEW EMERGENCY FAMILY SHELTER OPENING: Families in Transition held a candlelight walk and ceremony to celebrate the opening of its new emergency family shelter in Manchester, NH. Major supporters and project development team gather to cut the ceremonial ribbon and include (Front l. to r.) Andy Crews, AutoFair Automotive; Senator Kelly Ayotte, United States Senator; Mayor Ted Gatsas, City of Manchester; Maureen Beauregard, Families in Transition; Dick Anagnost, Anagnost Companies and Chair of the Families in Transition Board of Directors; Chris Davies, Great Bridge Properties; Matt Kfoury, Central Paper Products; and Rosa Valentin, Office of United States Senator Jeanne Shaheen. (Back l. to r.) Bill Caselden, Great Bridge Properties; Ken Viscarello, Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green PA; Taylor Caswell, Community Development Finance Authority; Dean Christon, NH Housing; Dennis Mires, The Architects; and Kurt Traffie, Hutter Construction Corporation
PHOTO: CANDLELIGHT WALK TO KICK OFF OPENING OF NEW EMERGENCY FAMILY SHELTER: Nearly 200 gathered to do a several block walk through the City of Manchester to symbolize the light and hope that Families in Transition wishes its new facility will bring to the community. Pictured is the crowd of walkers in front of the new Family Place Resource Center and Shelter where the walk ended and the open house ceremony began.
First Facility in New Hampshire to Offer Shelter and Multiple Services in One Location
MANCHESTER, NH – Families in Transition (FIT), a Manchester, Concord, and Dover, NH, based homeless services provider celebrated the grand opening of its latest project, the Family Place Resource Center and Shelter located at 177 Lake Avenue, Manchester. This new two-story facility will be the only emergency family shelter in the City of Manchester. It will also include a full service resource center offering food, a therapeutic child care center, intake services, employment assistance, health care, and more.
On Tuesday, December 22, FIT held an open house for the community to get their first look at this three-year, $2.4 million project. The celebration began with a candlelight walk of nearly 200 people starting from the Radisson Hotel to the new shelter. The goal was to symbolize the light and hope that FIT wishes this new building will bring to the community. Guests were then invited inside the building for a ceremony and tours led by Dick Anagnost, Chairman of the FIT Board of Directors and major funder in the project.
FIT’s Founder and President, Maureen Beauregard, who was one of the speakers said, “Many people experiencing homelessness do not have their own transportation, so driving all over the city to access critical services and items such as health care, food, child care, employment assistance, etc. is a huge barrier for them. What we’ve developed is something that hasn’t been done yet in New Hampshire; a one stop shop for families with a housing crisis.”
FIT is still in need of items essential to their families’ success, such as bedding, kitchen supplies, furniture, children’s medicine, cleaning supplies, and electronics. They are asking the public for help in purchasing these items through an online registry which can be viewed at www.myregistry.com/public/fitnh.
Once the building is fully outfitted, families will be able to move in and access the services. It is anticipated this will happen by mid-January.
The Family Place Resource Center and Shelter will provide shelter and resources to help families get back on their feet. By partnering with other local organizations, such as Southern New Hampshire Services Head Start, New Horizons, Goodwill, and Mobile Community Health Team of Catholic Medical Center, FIT can now provide families with nutritious meals, health services, a therapeutic preschool, career assistance, and more. To learn more about the facility and its services visit www.fitnh.org/familyplace.
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, both of which serve as economic engines to help pay for services that FIT provides. For more information about FIT, the shelter, and the stores visit www.fitnh.org or call 603-641-9441.