NH Gives for MATS

NH Gives

Please help MATS continue to serve our important role as a transitional shelter in the Monadnock Region:
Join us for NH Gives, a day of giving on June 11-12!

Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter (MATS)
Together, we can build a community in which everyone finds a home.

Introducing the Steven Fund for Kids

Steven Pearson

Steven at the Learning Center in Thailand which he volunteeredfor and supported

Supporting extracurricular activities for children and families

WHY you ask… this fund will serve on many levels from practical purposes to developing healthy social and emotional skills.
It is MATS intention to create healthy conditions for our children – a condition of well-being and thriving that they will carry into their lives after they leave MATS.

Steven Scott Pearson wanted to be remembered for making a difference in the world, which he did on many levels. We have established this fund in his memory to continue his work in making a difference in the lives of children.

At first glance you might think that a season pass for the pool or summer camp is a frivolous thing.

But if you stop to consider how much of a difference that simple thing can make, you might change your mind. We have had families stay with us with school-aged children who have never been to a pool, or to camp. Some of our guests have always been resource poor, and just don’t have the money for what others consider a simple thing. The joy of those children enjoying activities just like all the other kids isn’t something you can put a price on.

We are trying to raise $3000 to fund children’s activities throughout the year.


NH Gives

Sample List of Activities

General Recreational Camp: “Peterborough Summer Playground Program”
$558 for 8 weeks 8:30-4:30 M-F (does not include weekly field trips)
$51 per week early drop off and late pick up (necessary for working parents)
Specialty Camps: overnight, robotic, soccer, dance, tennis swim, School Break camps

Field trips: cost not included in day camp fees (from $8 to $25) or not paid for by the school (ie. Washington DC trip)

Passes: pool, ski, bowling, movie, etc…

After School Clubs & Rec activities: karate, gymnastics, football, basketball, soccer, hockey, dance, swimming, skiing, scouts, art, baseball, softball etc…

Items needed for the Activities

Summer camps: bathing suit, towels, sunscreen, bug spray, lunch box, swimming aids, water bottles, special snacks, etc…

After School Clubs and Activities: cleats, baseball glove, ballet slippers, leotards, mouth guard, specific practice clothing, water bottles etc…

Outfitting a dancer/gymnast: average cost of classes $60 per month
leotard & tights $14
ballet shoes $10

Outfitting a baseball/softball player: summer baseball $35-$50 spring softball $63
baseball/softball glove $25
cleats and H20 bottle $40

Outfitting a Swimmer: swim lessons per session $48
swimming suit and towel $25
goggles and swim cap $17

Average cost for 1 child-2 seasonal activities: $202 X 15 kids = $3,030

We currently have 9 children at the shelter.
One 2 year old, the rest between the ages of 8 and 14.

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.

The Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter (MATS) began in 1991. At MATS, we offer families a safe and warm place to live while they get back on their feet. Homelessness can happen to anyone at any time – due to losing one’s job, losing their home by foreclosure, or an unexpected financial disaster that takes all of their savings.

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. We have an ongoing wish list for donations of a reliable car or gift cards from Ocean State Job Lots, RiteAid, CVS or WalMart.

Should you wish to donate with a check or money order, you can send it to Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter, P.O. Box 3053, Peterborough, NH 03458. Note “NH Giving Day” on the check and we’ll give you credit online!

Our website is at www.MATSNH.org.

Thank you very much.

Some facts about homelessness:

  • 42% of the overall homeless population in New Hampshire consists of families with children.
  • The median rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Hillsborough county is $1,368 per month
  • The average income of the working poor continues to fall but rents continue to increase.
  • On any given day in New Hampshire, there are 1,450 people who are homeless.
  • Around 4,043 school children are identified as being homeless. This does not include toddlers and pre-schoolers, those who don’t go to school because of moving frequently or those who have not been identified.
  • Today, most people in America live one paycheck away from homelessness.

(Sources: https://matsnh.org/mats-about-homelessness/)

MATS STATS for 2018

MATS has assisted 7 families with housing in 2018
8 adults and 16 children
Children’s ages:
6 yrs old and Under: 9 children
7o 12 yrs old: 5 children
13 plus: 1 child (young adult)
In 2018 our case manager assisted 17 previous guests / families with finding resources to help them maintain their current housing.
MATS had over 115 phone inquiries from people / families looking for housing and / or housing resources.
At The River Center our program manager had 124 contacts.
At The River Center we assist people with: completing MATS applications, completing Section 8 and affordable housing applications, finding resources to assist with maintaining their housing, and writing letters.

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