Leading Homeless Service Provider Launches Initiative Aimed at Improved Outcomes for DEI and Programs

Manchester, NH (August 26, 2021) – Families in Transition announced today a new organizational initiative focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Through funding from Network4Health, Manchester’s integrated delivery network, the organization has been able to engage a consultant as part of the first phase. The initiative will include a review of the organization, including programs, staff, and board of directors in order to better fulfill their mission. The goal is to create a more diverse and inclusive workplace and environment and improved outcomes for residents, program participants, and clients.
“As our population becomes more diverse, DEI must be a priority,” says Geoff Vercauteren, Director of Workforce Development for Network4Health. “We are pleased that Families in Transition is taking a leading role in the community to address organizational performance through diversity, equity, and inclusion.”
The DEI initiative will serve as a key component of the long-term strategic plan for Families in Transition and includes work by a dedicated committee that will support surveys, trainings, and the development of action plans for increased awareness around the issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
“We want to ensure that we are offering a welcoming and inclusive environment for staff and those we serve,” says Maria Devlin, President & CEO, Families in Transition. “The adoption of a DEI initiative like this is closely aligned with our core values and is a must for the future growth and success of our organization.”

Through Network4Health’s network-wide DEI initiative, Families in Transition has hired management consulting practice Organizational Ignition to provide guidance and support for the development of the program.
“We are honored to assist such a storied organization,” says James McKim, Managing Partner for Organizational Ignition. “The work of Families in Transition is critical in helping those who are in need of assistance for reasons beyond their control.”

For more background about the initiative, visit www.fitnh.org/dei

About Families in Transition
Families in Transition is committed to preventing and breaking the cycle of homelessness, offering programs and services to assist families and individuals through integrated case management, affordable housing, emergency homelessness services, food programs, and substance use treatment. As a state-wide 501c3 non-profit, Families in Transition has headquarters and operations in Manchester, NH, and locations in Concord, Dover, and Wolfeboro. To learn more about the organization or get involved, visit www.fitnh.org or call (603) 641-9441.