Organizations work to help people struggling with homelessness
February 28, 2019
MANCHESTER, N.H. —
Homelessness affects thousands of people in New Hampshire, but several organizations are helping them get back on their feet.
Ronald Seyres said he lost his job 15 years ago and quickly found himself on the streets with his 12-year-old son.
“I slept in my car a couple times with him and bounced from place to place and ended up at the family shelter,” he said.
Seyres and his son eventually ended up at The Way Home, a nonprofit that helps people in need obtain and sustain affordable housing.
“It made me feel like not such a failure as a father,” he said.
Seyres was able to tap into the resources provided by the program and rebuild a life for himself and his son. He now volunteers as a board member for the organization.
“It’s my way of giving back to them what they have so freely given to me,” he said.
His story is one that is familiar with thousands of Granite Staters.
“It’s impossible for a single mother or a single father that’s trying to support a family to get by in Manchester,” said Bianka Beaudoin of The Way Home.
The Way Home not only helps people find housing, it provides it at its Spruce Street location. Workers said their eight transitional housing apartments are full.
“We do our best to try and help everyone be successful,” said Cindy Bringhurst of The Way Home.
Families in Transition is another nonprofit that’s tackling homelessness.
“We provided about 1,100 unduplicated individuals shelter last year,” said Michelle Talwani of Families in Transition.
The organization offers shelter for families and individuals in Manchester and Wolfeboro.
“But then we also have housing for individuals, intact families, single moms, single dads in Manchester, Concord and Dover,” Talwani said.
The organization also has a focus on the opioid epidemic.
“We have the Willows substance use treatment center here in Manchester,” she said. “We have a certified recovery support worker on staff here at New Horizons now.”
The organization hopes to expand those resources this summer at New Horizons.
“So that there’s safe recovery shelter areas for men and a safe recovery area for women,” Talwani said.
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