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Newsletter of the Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter
February 2020

HOPE’S LETTER
The people involved with the Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter in Peterborough would like to thank the many donors of items for our guests last year. Many individuals and families gave gift cards to local stores for clothing, food, gas, and other necessities. Some also gave gifts of items mentioned on our Wish List. MATS also received a wonderful donation from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s Henry L and Patricia J. Nielsen Fund. Thank you!

Our guests were able to enjoy a beautiful Christmas because of everyone’s generosity. At Thanksgiving, the Divine Mercy Church donated dinners to our families again last year which was greatly appreciated.

MATS assisted many people in 2019: we gave a safe and warm home to eight families — nine adults and seventeen children for a total of twenty-six people. Of the children, six were under six-years old; ten were between six and twelve; and there was one child over thirteen. Our guests came from Peterborough, Greenfield, Wilton, Antrim and Gilford, New Hampshire.

Our annual Candlelight Vigil held on the Winter Solstice in late December was attended by just under forty people this year. And many of those people went on to the United Methodist Church on Concord Street to enjoy a delicious soup supper free of charge. The Vigil is always an inspiring service, remembering people who were homeless throughout New Hampshire, and had died last year. What makes it so special is hearing about the individuals and what they had loved to do in life.

Change jarLast year, MATS sponsored several fund raisers: a BBQ in Greenfield to raise money for our Stephen Fund (funds are used for children at the shelter to participate in local activities that require a fee); a Trivia Game Night; a “Buy-a-Light” to decorate an outdoor pine tree at the Monadnock Community Hospital.

When our Project Manager, Susan Howard, was at The River Center last year for her weekly office hours there, she experienced 130 contacts with forty-five people assisting them to follow through with the appropriate resource. She also helped them with housing applications and finding community agencies; more often than not her guidance helped them avoid homelessness.

We hope that you will notice the donation jars that MATS puts in many local stores. To name a few stores that have them, please look in Steele’s, Roy’s Market, the Hancock Market and the Harvest Market in Greenfield. We are very grateful for these donations and thank all who share their change.

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

MANY THANKS
MATS received a grant from the Henry L and Patricia J Nielsen Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation!

DID YOU KNOW THAT:
Transitional housing capacity in the US has decreased – there are 52 percent fewer beds in that category than there were in 2007.
https://endhomelessness.org/homelessness-in-america/homelessness-statistics/state-of-homelessness-report/

WOODBOUND INN WEDNESDAY BUFFET Benefiting MATS!
On 2/26 Woodbound Inn in Rindge will have a buffet dinner, from 5-8 pm, which costs $14. $3 will be donated to MATS!
You can read about the benefit buffet program here https://www.ledgertranscript.com/Woodbound-Inn-hosts-Wednesday-buffets-to-benefit-local-non-profits-24435960

SAVE THE DATE – Giving Tuesdays at The Waterhouse
March 31st
Waterhouse is pleased to announce the start of their 5th year of collaboration with local non-Profits called Giving Tuesday. On Tuesdays during the winter part of the proceeds of any purchases made at the restaurant will be donated to local non-profits. Please join us to help support local good causes while enjoying good food and a break from the winter doldrums.

DO YOU MATCH?
YOU can DOUBLE or even TRIPLE the impact of your donation to MATS with a matching gift from your employer.

Did you know that many employers support local nonprofits that are important to their employees by matching their charitable contributions? Have you ever asked your employer if they have matching gift opportunities? Matching gifts is a simple way to double or sometimes triple your impact to MATS, just by asking! Please ask your employer today if they have a matching gift program and let us know!

WISH LIST


always, a reliable car
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!

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

You can shop at Amazon and support MATS: 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.

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