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The Welcome Mat
Newsletter of the Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter
August 2019

HOPE’S LETTER
The Board of the Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter in Peterborough would like to thank everyone who supported the family BBQ at Oak Park in Greenfield on August 4th. About 100 people attended the event which raised $1,700 for the Steven Fund for Kids. This will provide the children at the shelter with fees required so they can participate in local activities which they could not afford otherwise. Thank you to all.

Other news at MATS is that there are two new Board members and one returning member. Bruce Simpson of Dublin and Bob Marrone of Peterborough have joined the Board while Julie Flood-Page of Rindge has returned to the Board.

Bob Marrone is the pastor at the Union Congregational Church in Peterborough and has been involved with issues around homelessness in other places where he and his family have lived. He believes that this is a major problem in our country, feels that the program at MATS is important due to our focus assisting people change their lives, and that this makes a huge and lasting difference for our guests. Bob serves on the fund raising committee and helps with computer graphics.

As well as being a minister, Bob is a working artist and currently has his work on display at the Monadnock Community Hospital’s Healing Art Gallery and at the Jaffrey Civic Center, where his is also Board Vice President. He lives in Peterborough with his wife, Jodi; they have four children and three grandchildren.

Bruce Simpson lives in Dublin with his wife and ten-year old son. He joined MATS because he appreciates the work that it does to address homelessness through counseling, assisting people find appropriate housing and offering them a safe home until permanent housing is found. He also appreciates that the Board focuses on the bigger picture of the lack of affordable housing in our area where the median cost of renting a two-bedroom apartment in Hillsborough County has risen to $1,500 per month. Bruce feels that as the organization searches for solutions to chronic housing problems, his experience with the law and land development can be of assistance.

Bruce serves on the Dublin Planning Board, was involved with the Dublin Open Space Planning Committee and is a founder of the non-profit which developed the Dublin Community Center housed where the Dublin Store was located years ago. He is also a trustee at the Dublin Community Church, and enjoys hiking, music, history and traveling.

Julie has returned to the MATS Board after more than a two-year hiatus, before which she served three three-year terms beginning in 2007. When she and her husband, Dwight Schenk, moved to Rindge, Julie brought with her the conviction that everyone deserves a place to live. This began in the 1990s when she saw a man in Boston climb into a cardboard box where he could get out of the bitter cold on a November night. Soon after that, she then visited shelters in the Boston area and was surprised that not only single people lived there but families as well. She volunteered at the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless and at local churches preparing baskets of supplies for families moving into motel rooms.

Julie is very happy to rejoin the MATS Board with members who bring refreshing ideas to enhance its program and mission. She appreciates that the volunteer Board is committed to providing people with a safe place as they work to stabilize their lives.

During her first terms at MATS, Julie was part of the effort to collaborate with The River Center in Peterborough where our guests are able to access needed resources, and others can seek services when trying to stave off homelessness. She made special mention of the dedication of our Program Manager, Susan Howard, who assists our guests with weekly meetings as well as her willingness to stay in touch with former guests as much as possible.

We welcome these Board members with great appreciation for the special skills and the thoughtful inputs they bring to the organization.

Hope Pettegrew is a volunteer at the Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter in Peterborough.

MANY THANKS
Bar Harbor Bank and Trust

We gratefully acknowledge receiving a charitable donation from Bar Habor Bank & Trust through its Community Giving program

Extended families (3) got together to purchase sneakers for some of the children at MATS for back to school

backpacksPeterborough United Methodist Church donated the backpacks and school supplies

Kiwanis Club of Peterborough donated gift cards for the children to purchase back to school outfits

Farmers who have donated fresh produce (and some soap) to MATS through Hazel Gershfield Hillsborough County Gleaners:
Brookdale Farm in Hollis
Fiber Dreams Farm in Temple
Hungry Bear Farm in Wilton
Ledge Top Farm in Wilton
Holland Homestead Farm in Hillsboro

People and businesses who helped with the event that benefited the Steven Fund:
Act Audio Manchester Ct / James Smith
Ashley and Linda Grifing
Bean Group Realtor Sue Duffy
Bowling acres / Tony and Shannon
Brady’s Bar and Grill / Barry York
David Duffy
East Hampton, MA
Five Star Entertainment / Mike Perrier
Hamlin Auto / Steven Hamlin
Laura St John LC Memories
MJD Photography Martha Duffy
Monadnock Oil and Vinegar
Napa Auto Parts / Jim
Nick and Martha Duffy
Rocky Jordan / Nature’s Classroom
Salon Exodus / Deb Gaudreau
Sandy Aucoin
Susan and Jeff Howard
The Knot Hole Woodcrafts / Jim and Lynn Thibodeau
Wilton House Of Pizza / Amy Garicia
Yen Yen

Benefit Dinner – Canceled
Please note that the benefit dinner scheduled for November has been canceled, so we can focus on our other upcoming events: Lights of Love, Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, and the Memorial Vigil.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Lights of Love – Tree lighting Tuesday November 19, 5 pm at the Monadnock Community Hospital

WISH LIST
always, a reliable car
bug repellent
healthy snacks
gas cards
pampers (various sizes), night pullups, and wipes
feminine products
gift cards from local businesses that our guests can use when they need certain items many of which are not covered by food stamps
If you have items to donate, please call MATS office at 924-5033 and leave a message for Susan. Or mail items (if you can) to PO Box 3053, Peterborough NH 03458. Thank you!

Thank you card

YOU CAN HELP

MATS has online giving. We use the PayPal cart to facilitate secure credit card payments, you don’t have to have a PayPal account. You can make a one-time donation or a recurring monthly donation at www.matsnh.org/mats-donate

Support MATS with Amazon Smile: Visit http://smile.amazon.com. You will be prompted to select a non-profit to support. We are listed as Monadnock Area Transitional Sheltering. Shop as normal, starting from smile.amazon.com, and a percentage of your purchase will be donated to MATS.

Donate. We use the PayPal cart to process donations. You may use your credit card or PayPal account.

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