About MATS

Decades of Serving People Who Are Homeless


Founded in 1991 by concerned citizens, the Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter (MATS) is a transitional shelter for individuals and families who are homeless. We are run by volunteers from local communities and a part-time Program Manager. MATS serves the towns of the Greater Monadnock Region, including Antrim, Bennington, New Ipswich, Jaffrey, Keene, Peterborough, and Sharon. We also accept referrals from other shelters throughout the tri-state area. We are a transitional shelter not an emergency shelter.

Our safe, temporary shelter consists of 4 apartments. Through our Program Manager and board members we also offer our guests assistance with finding agency and community resources and with transportation, health, childcare, legal, housing and employment issues, as well as guidance in setting and reaching goals.

As a 501(c)3 organization, we are grateful for the many caring and generous people in the Monadnock region. We receive no money from state or federal governments but rely on donations from citizens, clubs, service groups, businesses, churches and grants.

Education, Advocacy and Support


The Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter’s mission 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.

In support of that mission, MATS assists our guests with:

  • Goal setting
  • Finding employment
  • Acquiring budgeting and time management skills
  • Finding and negotiating assistance from
  • appropriate agencies and community resources
  • Dealing with transportation, childcare, health and legal issues
  • Finding more permanent housing

Program Manager


The MATS Program Manager has an office at the shelter. Our Program Manager, Susan Howard, has a BS in Human Resources, has worked as a Community Family Services Coordinator and case manager, is a Certified Crisis Prevention Institute Instructor and has trained with the food bank of New Hampshire. Susan started at MATS in 2009, helping families and individuals make the transition from homelessness to home.

Board of Directors

Success Stories

MATS FAQ

Take a look at the photo gallery from our 25th Anniversary Dinner!