Families in Transition

PrintI had the great privilege of speaking with Michele Talwani, Director of Economic Development and Marketing of Families in Transition to learn more about the New Hampshire based non profit.

I’ve always had a passion for hunger and homelessness issues and finding ways to help this growing issue.

Families in Transition (FIT) is an amazing local non profit helping NH residents get back on their feet! FIT started in 1991 and has 16 property buildings in Concord, Manchester and Dover. FIT’s belief is that having a home is a basic human right and is fundamental to becoming an engaged and contributing member of our community. Through educational opportunities they empower homeless individuals and families to lead healthy, happy, and productive lives.

FIT offers emergency one night housing, transitional housing which could be up to 24 months, and more longer term “permanent” housing for those with disabilities. During that time, the preschool aged children that live in a FIT home, attend the agency’s therapeutic “trauma informed” preschool program which partners with Head Start. All the while, adults in the FIT program participate in workshops that range from budgeting and parenting, to everything in between that will help them thrive and get back on their feet again.

On any given night, FIT helps 500 individuals get off the streets and into a safe, warm living environment. Over 85% of FIT participants move on to a permanent living situation on their own for six months or longer!

This NH non profit is so well recognized for its success that the Boston Red Sox volunteered with them last year in honor of 100 hours of service for the 100th anniversary of the Red Sox program! They were one of 14 New England non profits selected!!Red Sox

FIT is so successful, in part, because of its amazing volunteers and community support! They have over 700 volunteers a year! Not only can you volunteer with the painting and cleaning of the houses you can also help in the FIT Thrift Stores located in Manchester and Concord. Volunteers can sort items and work in the store! Proceeds from the store go into the educational programs and housing. Other ways that you can help FIT is by organizing a food drive for their pantry, or holding a clothing drive!

FIT has an amazing relationship with the communities in which they are stationed, so much so that many local businesses may take a day off to volunteer together at one of their housing properties or Thrift Stores.

Besides the thrift store another way FIT brings in money for its programming is by the annual Wicked FIT Run! This year it will be held Saturday October 26th in Concord. And, they’re in need of volunteers to help!

Want to make a difference in your own community and just didn’t know how then check out FIT! You can contact them at 603.641.1143 x357 or e-mail volunteer@fitnh.org.

There are so many wonderful people and agencies making a difference in our own back yards! If you would like me to feature your non profit agency or know of an amazing NH professional giving back let me know by emailing me at doinggood@stayworkplay.org.

“There is incredible value in being of service to others.”

Elizabeth Berg, Author

Until next time Do Good NH!!!

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