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Newsletter of the Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter
May 2019

MATS TRIVIA NIGHT
Trivia Night
MATS Trivia Night – Friday May 31, 6:30 pm at The Shattuck
Register as an individual player or get a team together to show off your smarts!
You can still register, or even pay at the door, but if you would like to order snacks you must register by Monday, May 24, 2019.
Cost is just $15 per player!
All proceeds directly support Monadock Area Transitional Shelter.
For more details or to register online visit http://matsnh.org/about-mats/mats-trivia-night/

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HOPE’S LETTER
A new guest at the Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter in Peterborough is a mother with two children who are both in the local schools. Actually, when the mother inquired about affordable housing locally, the teachers told her about MATS. With her children doing well in our schools, of course the mother wanted to stay in the area.

Coming from another part of New Hampshire, this woman wanted to return to the Monadnock region where she had once lived. Needing to end her marriage, the family tried to live with friends but that proved to be difficult. “Coming to MATS has been a blessing,” I was told.

Lacking self-confidence and feeling overwhelmed about her family situation, she expressed that Susan Howard (the MATS Project Manager) has been wonderful. “She is so kind and gently puts things in perspective for me. She puts my options on the table so that I can make a choice for what would be the most helpful to me and the children. Susan doesn’t judge or make me feel embarrassed or disappointed in myself. She is always positive and I thank her for that. I felt I had things together but being at MATS has taught me a lot about myself and that I needed help”.

This woman has a good but part-time job, though it is for a night shift helping a family. She is fortunate to have some of her own family members near that can have the children stay with them on the two or three nights a week when she must work. She has a car, and one goal is to return to school to earn her LPN; currently she is qualified as an LNA. Having a full time job would help immensely as it would offer family benefits. Of course, a second goal is to be independent.

One of the children loves art; his teacher had a wonderful idea to invite a personal artist friend to come to school and talk with him. This not only made the child very happy to tell his mom about it later that day, but it helped to boost his self-confidence as well. “I was very impressed that the teacher took the time to do this for my child,” she told me. Susan has been able to assist with getting the child into a summer program too. Being in Peterborough, both children will be able to be a part of the Rec Department and enjoy Adams Playground activities as well.

It seemed that “we were living in a house of cards”, the woman said. “One difficult or wrong move and everything would come tumbling down. Susan is assisting me to make decisions that are sound and will be more like ‘bricks’ as we rebuild our lives. MATS is a breath of fresh air. I am not taking my time here at the shelter for granted because I am so grateful to be here. I feel honored to have been given this opportunity to get my, and the children’s, life together through this program. The children are happy and I am happy. ”

With this kind of attitude and motivation, I am certain that this mother will succeed and be able to get back on her feet for herself and her children. I wish them all great success, indeed!

WISH LIST: reliable car; Pampers, wipes and Pull-ups; feminine products; gift cards for items at local stores and for gas. Kindly call the MATS office at 924-5033 and leave a message for Susan. Items that can be mailed should be sent to P.O. Box 3053 in Peterborough. Thank you!

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

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!

HELP OUR KIDS GET READY FOR SUMMER
Often when we think of summer vacation, we think about all the great memories we had as a child. For many here in our housing, this is not the case. Our staff is working on preparing our families for the summer break from school. This means, ensuring they have access to healthy food and snacks (which they would have otherwise received at school), providing sunscreen and bug repellent that can often be an expense parents are unable to afford, and creating opportunities for these families to get out together and do something fun that they might not have done without the support of our staff.

Would you help support our summer vacation initiatives? We are looking to our community to help our families by providing items such as: healthy snacks/food, sunscreen, summer-appropriate PJs, admission tickets to local attractions and more.

APRIL MATS FACTS:
We had 9 families contact MATS
5 single people

The River Center contacts / prevention: 16 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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