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Newsletter of the Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter
April 2019

MATS TRIVIA NIGHT

Trivia Night
MATS Trivia Night – Friday May 31, 6:30 pm at The Shattuck
Introducing MATS Trivia Night
Putting the fun in fundraising!
Register as an individual player or get a team together to show off your smarts!
Registration and payment is due by Monday, May 24, 2019.
Cost is just $15 per player!
All proceeds directly support Monandock Area Transitional Shelter.
Pay with check or money order, or pay online with your credit card in the PayPal cart (you do not need to have a PayPal account).
For more details or to register online visit https://matsnh.org/about-mats/mats-trivia-night/
Facebook Event https://www.facebook.com/events/461901974618352/

SAVE THE DATE!
We have multiple events planned for this year!
We will be posting more details as we hammer out each event.

Benefit Dinner
MATS Benefit Dinner – Thursday October 10, 6pm at The Shattuck

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

Hope PettegrewHOPE’S LETTER
Recently, I met with the newest person living at the Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter in Peterborough. She is a young single woman who, when she had to leave her job at a local company due to the stressful work, ran into financial difficulties. Hence, she could not keep up with her payments and eventually lost her car and her apartment.

She is part of a close family, but for a variety of reasons none were able to have her live with them. However, one member suggested that she contact MATS, and she is very grateful that she was able to come to the shelter. “I feel safe here and the people are very friendly,” she told me. She has food stamps and knows about the free suppers at the churches in town as she grew up in the area.

This woman said that “Susan (MATS Project Manager) is awesome and goes above and beyond” to help her and the other guests at the shelter, and she does it all of it with compassion and a lovely sense of humor. Susan makes sure that “I have everything I need and when I am down, she is right there to pick me up again.” Also, Susan is “guiding me to clear up my credit, and to find a car and an apartment.” Our guest does have her driver’s license so she is prepared once she gets a car.

This young woman’s goal is to go to school to earn her cosmetology license. That is something she needs as a job in that field would offer her benefits too. In the right salon, she could have flexible hours in order to accommodate the baby she is due to have in a few months. In the meantime, once the baby arrives, her family has offered to help her while she works to get the necessary license and find a job.

Once this person can get things worked out, I feel certain that she will be able to get her life back on course, and to be able to support herself and her child. I found her a very pleasant young person with a great smile, with the right values and strong motivation. I certainly wish her well as she moves forward!

While many families in our area are not homeless, they do have other issues. Did you know that there are between 185 and 190 children in the ConVal school district who receive a bag of food to take home each weekend (and in the summer too) because the family doesn’t have enough food at home? These children receive free breakfasts and lunches on school days, so having some extra food at home each weekend helps. This totally volunteer program is called End 68 Hours of Hunger and only the school personnel know who the children receiving food each weekend are. During the 2017-2018 school-year, this non-profit organization provided a total of 7,375 bags to the children, with an added 1,160 bags to them during the summer.

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

MANY THANKS
Many thanks to Belletetes for donating a grill for our residents to use this summer!
Thank you Belletetes
Thank you Belletetes

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!

THE PEOPLE WE SERVE:
A Start Towards Self-Sufficiency
A mid-career woman was left without housing when her long-term relationship ended. She came to MATS for only three months. The safety and security allowed her to keep her job and get back on her feet financially. She wrote: “I feared being without a home for a long time, and MATS made it possible for me to re-group during the first financial crisis I’ve ever had. I am forever grateful for the haven I had in Peterborough.”
http://www.matsnh.org/mats-can-help

MARCH MATS FACTS:
We had 4 families contact MATS
4 single people
6 community members or agencies

The River Center contacts / prevention: 7 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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