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Newsletter of the Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter
July 2019

HOPE’S LETTER
Hope PettegrewFinding a home: Summer BBQ to support MATS

Susan Howard, Project Manager for the Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter in Peterborough, has been helping someone who needed to find a home but who has not actually been living at the shelter. Meeting with this gentleman at The River Center recently, I learned his story.
This man was living in a single room that was not a good situation for him. At the time, he met with a woman at the Monadnock Community Hospital who was helping him regarding Medicaid and finances. When the man said he needed different housing, she told him about seeing Susan during her weekly office hours at TRC, which he did.
Susan has been assisting this man for about four months. Due to some disabilities, he needed help with the many applications necessary for finding an apartment. And when an apartment was found, then he needed to furnish it, including items for the kitchen. He enjoys cooking for himself and is grateful that MATS could provide the items needed for his apartment.
“I wouldn’t have made it this far without Susan”, he told me. And Susan added how he helped himself by quickly getting back to her with whatever information was needed for the forms. Being at TRC, the man now works with other agencies there, getting fuel assistance and being in touch with the Department of Health and Human Services.
While meeting with Susan and this man, I also learned about the wonderful collaboration among the many agencies in our area. Once a month, twenty or more care providers meet in an MCH conference room to hear speakers on many issues for the people who need the agency services. Susan attends these meetings and once, as the speaker, talked about MATS and helping people find housing. Hearing Susan, the financial adviser at the hospital asked her to meet with the man mentioned above. Other people who attend these meetings are town welfare officers, school personnel, child care providers, those who represent many agencies with offices at TRC, such as for fuel assistance and DHHS to name a couple.
I found it inspirational to learn about these meetings that have been going on for a year and a half now! Our region has so much happening that many of us don’t know exists but which help many of our citizens. Thank you to all the providers in the Monadnock region!

Special Note: On Sunday, August 4 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., there will be a Benefit BBQ for MATS – held at Oak Park in Greenfield. The BBQ is free to the public. The food et al is being donated and we hope participants will make a monetary donation in lieu of an entrance fee. This effort will raise money for a new project at MATS, namely the Steven Fund for Kids to benefit the children living at the shelter who might not otherwise be able to participate in camps, sports, clubs, trips and other extracurricular activities. The Benefit will be a fun day for families with good food, games and prizes. Please bring your own beverages; also, cowboy or Red Sox attire are suggested.
This fund (see www.matsnh.org) has been set up in memory of Susan’s son, Steven Pearson, who passed away suddenly this past spring. Steven was an Army Veteran who, even when overseas, made a difference in the lives of people, especially children, without expecting acknowledgment. Steven was a very giving person who grew up in Peterborough and served many tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. He was home on leave when he passed away.

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

Steven Memorial Benefit Barbecue
Steven Memorial Benefit Barbecue
Please Join Us for a Benefit Barbecue and celebration of life in Memory of Steven Pearson
Proceeds will benefit the Steven Fund for Kids on behalf of Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter (MATS)

When: Sunday August 4th 2pm-6pm
Where: Oak Park Greenfield NH (791 Forest Rd)
Cowboys and red sox attire is encouraged

Steven Pearson was a longtime resident of Peterborough, NH. Also a Veteran, who served overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan doing multiple tours and earning many commendations. Steven was an extremely giving person and would often do random acts of kindness for people never accepting acknowledgment. Steven Pearson wanted to be remembered for making a difference in the world, especially in the lives of children, which he did on many levels. Please help
continue Steven’s mission of making the world a better place.

Bring the Family and enjoy:
• Great food
• Yard Games
• Raffle prizes
• Family Fun
• Live entertainment
• 50/50 raffle

The Steven Fund for Kids will benefit the children living at MATS. This fund will enable children to participate in camps, sports, clubs, trips, and extracurricular activities. It will allow MATS to assist families with the equipment children need to participate in these activities and summer camps. Please
come out and help raise awareness for this great cause!

Open to the Public
B.Y.O.B

Facebook page @ Steven Pearson Memorial

UPCOMING EVENTS
Benefit Dinner
MATS Benefit Dinner – Thursday October 10, 6 pm at The Shattuck
Lights of Love
Lights of Love – Tree lighting Tuesday November 19, 5 pm at the Monadnock Community Hospital

WISH LIST
always, a reliable car
tickets for local attractions for our guests to enjoy during vacation
sunscreen
bug repellent
healthy snacks
summer-appropriate pajamas
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!

JUNE MATS FACTS:
We had 6 families contact MATS
5 single people

The River Center contacts / prevention: 8 contacts

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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