It is with great pleasure that we announce for a second straight year that “Families in Transition” a winner of a grant to be used at their premier event Cinco de Mayo. Here is without a doubt the best May 5th celebration in New Hampshire and a very valuable support system dealing with the problems and solutions for homeless women in New Hampshire please read the Presidents message that we have included below to get the full picture of the valuable services “Families in Transition” offers the community. And as always another fun, inexpensive thing to do in local New Hampshire, what a great state we live and work in everyday. Keep an eye out for more grant winners this week as each wining charity is highlighted.
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Families in Transition!
Thursday, May 3, 2012 | 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
1000 Elm Street | Manchester, NH
$40 – Individual
$75 – VIP Individual **
We are gearing up for another FUN FIESTA! Families in Transition’s premier fundraising event: Cinco de Mayo is a night of food, fun, and fantastic entertainment with proceeds to support our programs and services. This year’s event features Portland, Maine’s Jason Spooner Trio!
** The VIP Experience
To add to the fun we are throwing a pre-event VIP reception! This reception is for all Sponsors and VIP ticket holders!
The VIP reception starts at 5:00PM and includes:
Private entertainment • Individual and group photo opportunities • Complimentary spirits (budget permitting)
We’re excited about this year’s celebration, and we know you will be, too!
• cash bar • dancing • music • Mexican fare • silent & live auction •
A Message From The President
Families in Transition has come a long way since my initial work with five homeless women and their children at our first Manchester, NH location almost 20 years ago. The referrals I received that first year for housing and aid felt daunting, but I would never have imagined how much that need would grow or how responsive we could be in answering the important call for help. Today, we have grown to serve over 170 families and 180 children each night and receive over 4,000 referrals each year from struggling families in need of housing and services. And the need continues to grow.
The community has been a constant support to Families in Transition over the years and for that, we are all deeply grateful. With your support, we have become a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) whereby we develop affordable housing for those we serve as well as for the community as a whole. We have also developed a Property Management department with more than 160 units of housing, which allows us to provide the administrative and maintenance needs for all of our facilities. We are very proud to be a contributing community member and with our continued focus on housing leadership, development, and management, we continue our commitment to improving the quality of our neighborhoods for all citizens.
Our commitment to provided services that help to get to the root cause of homelessness has resulted in the recent development of two innovative programs designed to assist individuals and families end the cycle of homelessness. First, the Family Willows Program was implemented as the state’s first co-occurring substance abuse and mental health treatment program with housing as an option for a number of families. This successful formula of housing and supportive services has lent to new milestones in the research and treatment of homeless individuals with co-occurring disorders.
We are also especially honored to offer The Family Place Program, which provides specialized childcare and therapeutic services for homeless families and their children. The primary goal of The Family Place is to address the specific issues faced by homeless families utilizing an integrated approach which focuses not just on the needs of parents, but also those of the child, and more importantly the family as a single unit. The comprehensive services provided at The Family Place, will help to prevent the long-term family disruption and separation too often caused by the complex factors which lead to family homelessness.
As we serve our community with a “model of excellence” approach, whether it is with our clinical programming offered to individuals entering any of our programs, our continuous development of state-of-the-art housing facilities, or our social entrepreneurial business spirit as is seen with the development of OutFITters Thrift Stores, we are continuously excited to share each and every one of our successes with all of you. Thank you for your support and for your continued commitment to the mission of ending homelessness for individuals, families, and children in New Hampshire.