National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day

Homeless Vigil hosted by MATS:

Every year on December 21, the longest night of the year, vigils are held around the state to honor and remember NH citizens  who have died while experiencing homelessness.  MATS (Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter) has traditionally organized the local candlelight vigil, in which the names of those who have passed away are read – and well as a few words about each individual. The brief ceremony, involving a song and an ecumenical prayer, cannot be held on the steps of the Town House this year due to the pandemic.  Instead, we invite the community to join the MATS board on Zoom at 5 pm on December 21 as we carry on this meaningful tradition.

Click here for Zoom links.

Lights of Love

Click here for 2020 Lights of Love video.

Click here to print poetry contest flyer.

Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter

A Home for People in Transition


The Mission of MATS is to

  • provide transitional housing
  • support and referral services to people who are homeless
  • to educate our community on issues of homelessness
  • and to advocate for solutions.MATS NH


The Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter offers safe, comfortable housing for families, couples and individuals as they move from homelessness to home.

Please contact us if you need help, if you wish to volunteer or if you wish to make a donation to MATS.

In the past year 100% of the guests who completed our program have moved on to permanent housing.

Learn more about the People We Serve with stories from past guests


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