The Welcome Mat
Newsletter of the Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter
MANY THANKS to:
The MacDowell Colony for their donation
The Dobles Foundation for awarding us a grant
The NH Charitable Foundation for awarding us a grant
The many community members who have helped to bring our guests some holiday cheer!
Give Back Bags from Shaws
Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter will receive a $1 donation for every $2.50 GIVE BACK WHERE IT COUNTS Bag sold in December at the Shaw’s store located at 135 Dublin Road, Peterborough NH.
Stone Soup Night
Peterborough Candlelight Vigil & Stone Soup Night – Homeless Person’s Memorial Day
Vigil 5 PM Peterborough Town House
Stone Soup Night 6 PM Peterborough United Methodist Church
The Candlelight Vigil for National Homeless Person’s Memorial Day will be held on December 21, 2019 at 5 pm at the Peterborough Town House, sponsored by MATS (Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter).
Please join us for some soup at PUMC immediately following the vigil.
Stone Soup is being sponsored by All Saints’ Church, Peterborough United Methodist Church, and Union Congregational Church. You may park in any of the church’s parking lots.
You may bring an item to PUMC to contribute from the MATS WISH LIST:
Shaw’s Saver Stamps; gift cards from local stores; personal care items; feminine products; diapers or pull-ups; baby wipes; paper products; laundry soap.
Donations will be accepted, please make checks payable to “Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter.”
Did You Know?
There are about 4,000 homeless K-12 students in the state, according to the DOE. That’s a twelve percent increase from 2017.
Dublin Folk Show: A Tribute to the American Folk Revival Benefit Concert for MATS
Friday, January 31, 2020 at 7 PM at Dublin Community Church
The Dublin Folk Show: a tribute to the American Folk Revival benefitting MATS (Monadnock Area Transition Shelter) will be held on Friday, January 31, 7pm at Dublin Community Church. The show is sponsored by Dublin Community Center, the DubHub Open Stage & Monadnock Ukulele Group. Tickets, at $10 each, are available at the DubHub, the Toadstool Bookshop or online at eventbrite.com or through the event page on Facebook.
The Dublin Folk Show hosted by Volkert Volkersz, will feature top Monadnock area acoustic musicians including Decatur Creek, Tom Smith, Kota Music, Mulligan Row, the Monadnock Ukulele Group, Bruce Simpson, Bob Pope & Lisa Greenleaf, Amy Conley, Scott & Jeannie Butler, and Frank Jenkins. These outstanding musicians will be highlighting folk music of the 1950s and 1960s, including songs by Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Lead Belly, The Kingston Trio, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul and Mary, Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, John Denver and many more. This will be a fun sing-along evening benefitting a good cause on a cold winter night. Dublin Community Church is located at 1125 Main Street in Dublin. Parking is available behind the community center and church, as well as at Yankee Publishing and behind Town Hall. For more information email email@example.com or call 563-8080. The snow date will be Saturday, February 1.
The Names – Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day 2019
Those in the homeless community who have passed in the last year
Addison S. – Addison was 30 years old. He had a long and troubled history with substance use disorder. He was often homeless, when not in jail. At the time of his death, Addison was being held at the Strafford County Jail. We are sure that there are people out there who miss the person he once was.
Amber Pelletier – A daughter, mother, and one who would give the shirt off their back to their friends.
Anthony P. (“AP”) – Everyone who was lucky enough to know him called him AP; he was born on Christmas Eve in 1986 and left this world on August 15, 2019. AP had a quiet, thoughtful and sincere personality that would make an instant impression and you knew immediately that you had just met a very unique and special soul. He was the kind of person who made you feel welcome. He was non-judgmental and had so many good qualities. His kindness, generosity and selflessness were inspiring and would provoke one’s own reflection. He was always eager to please and really tried to overcome his substance use disorder. While working with him you could see the struggles he faced daily but he always had a smile on his face and always wanted to help others. Even though AP had next to nothing, he was always giving what he had to those he felt were more in need than himself. On any given day you could find him giving what little he had to someone he believed to be less fortunate. The day AP left us, the world lost a very special person and some hearts will never be the same. Humanity was something he possessed, and this world is a little less bright. Rest easy AP.
Ben J. – He was in his 30’s and passed away of an overdose while experiencing homelessness. When FIT’s outreach program first started in Concord, Ben went above and beyond to help the other participants feel comfortable and trust the outreach program. He walked miles and miles on the tracks with the outreach workers while teaching them about the homeless community and life on the tracks. Ben had a passion for music and harm reduction. He lost his life to addiction on October 14.
Bill H. – Bill was active in his community. He had a big heart and overflowing compassion for others and was a support to many people in the shelter and on the streets. He genuinely cared about helping others and sharing his experience to let them know they are not alone and that someone cares about them.
Bob Caplette – A son, protective husband, and a volunteer at CCEH.
Dan Forlizzi – 53 years old. He lived in Manchester. A dear friend and brother, Dan had a way of positively impacting people’s lives with his smile, his charismatic personality, his big heart, and his desire to serve people and to help make their lives better.
David Carlberg – He died unexpectedly on August 19 at St. Joseph Hospital, Nashua, NH at the age of 44. Dave grew up and lived most of his life in Raymond, NH. He graduated from Raymond High School, Class of 1993. From an early age, Dave had a passion for music and especially playing the drums. He was in several rock bands growing up. Dave worked with his father and brother doing commercial pressure washing for most of his working life and he later worked as a car salesman. He resided the last several years in Nashua, NH. Dave was a person that was fun to be around. He was a conversationalist, had quick wit and was a charmer.
Deb T. – She was a very loving person to all neighbors and willing to help any of them.
Francis Gordon Howell Jr. – Francis worked many places over his lifetime, but especially enjoyed commercial fishing and sales. He enjoyed the outdoors and loved hiking, especially along the Appalachian Trail. As an artist, Francis had a unique way of viewing the world and enjoyed painting. He studied art for many years, including in Paris. He truly loved life on his own terms, while cultivating tremendous long-term friendships. He would have been 55 years old on December 23.
Jessica Taylor – A daughter and a kind soul with a contagious smile.
John Luce – 62 years old. He lived in Portsmouth.
Joseph L. – Joe, 39, was born in England, and was a long-time resident of Marlow. After finishing his high school education, he went on to enlist in the Navy. Though Joe only served a short time, he held a special place in his heart for his country. Joe also studied respiratory therapy at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon and River Valley Community College. Joe loved to be surrounded by the beauty of nature and had a passion for the outdoors. He was an avid animal lover. His faith was also something that was important to him and he loved to learn about the history of the Old Testament. Joe had a wonderful sense of humor and made friends with many people in the community. In honor of Joe’s love of the sea his family held a burial at sea at sunset off the coast of New Hampshire. He is much loved and missed.
Joshua C. – Josh, 33, was a lifelong resident of Keene, son of Heidi and Todd. He attended local schools and was heavily involved in sports, playing football, baseball, and lacrosse. Josh was a “people person”; he never met anyone who stayed a stranger for long, earning him the nickname “Talking Josh.” He was a die-hard Giants football fan and loved the Red Sox. Josh was gifted, lyrically, and he enjoyed writing and performing rap music. Josh struggled during his last few years with substance use disorder, and everyone around him had hoped that he was well on his way to recovery. Josh and his charisma will be much missed and never forgotten.
Kevin B. – He cared about the other men in the house and looked after everyone.
Laura Fortin – A daughter, mother, devoted caregiver and a lady who could brighten anyone’s day.
Liston “Chris” Lee Clark Jr. – Chris was homeless with his now wife, Connie Ann when she was unable to walk. He made sure she had what she needed and traveled between Laconia and Manchester until finally settling back in Laconia and getting jobs at Dunkin Donuts and Vista Foods. Before he passed away, he made sure she had a safe and secure place to live.
Mark Roberge – 54 years old, from Pembroke, NH. He passed away on March 28 in Nashua. He was the son of Francis and Ruth. He graduated from Methuen High School, class of 1982. He worked as a self-employed handyman carpenter but was a jack of all trades. There wasn’t a kind of home improvement or repair that he couldn’t do. Mark enjoyed spending time at Hampton Beach. He loved the sun and warm weather. When he lived in Nokomis, Florida, he would watch the baby turtles hatch on the beach at night and enjoyed watching the sunsets. Mark will be deeply missed by his sister, his daughter, his nephew and all his family and friends.
Melissa Crandall – She died in October at 58 years old; she was from Lebanon, NH. She had four sons, three brothers, two sisters and many nieces and nephews.
Michael Barnes – A son, father and a man whose personality could light up a room.
Michael Edwards – He was 49 years old when he drowned in the Mascoma River in August.
Michael Smith – Michael “Bubba” Smith, 57, of Somersworth, N.H., passed away unexpectedly on June 1, 2019. He was a lifelong musician, a talented singer, songwriter and bass player. He had a bigger than life personality with an even bigger heart. He was a great friend to all. Those who knew him couldn’t help but love him.
“Nameless” – Just recently a man was found in a tent in Keene, near the bike path. He had died in his tent. As of November 19, his name had still not been released and we have seen nothing in the news about his death. We do know that it was not caused by the weather. How sad that a human life in our community can just be erased without any kind of tribute……
Pamela S. – Pam first came to the area at the end of 2017. She had just been released from the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, with a host of medical issues, many stemming from her lifelong battle with poverty. She was delivered to Keene by transportation provided to her by the 211 Homeless Crisis line after the hospital social services department called them. Pam did not have any family in a position to take her in. She had been living in her car prior to her hospital stay, but the car had been towed and impounded and she did not have the money to get it out. Pam loved to read, especially mysteries and romance novels, and she loved her Grinch pajamas. A few months before Pam died, she was befriended by a woman who became her best advocate, helping Pam successfully navigate the process of applying for disability benefits. Pam was very excited and happy when she realized that she was finally going to be able to get into a place of her own for the first time in many years, when she had a stroke so debilitating that she never regained consciousness before her death at age 59. She never even received her first check.
Richard O. – A lover of coffee, cooking and cribbage, Richard is remembered as a gregarious man with a contagious smile – despite his struggles over the years with homelessness and chronic pain. Richard was a veteran, operating sonar equipment in the Navy, before he ended up in New England, where he spent most of his life. During his time at Hundred Nights Shelter, you could often find Richard whipping up food for the daily lunches or teaching and playing the game of cribbage with anyone who was interested. A talented carpenter before his early retirement, Richard, 59, was working closely with Veterans’ Services to obtain housing. Richard’s death was ruled an accidental drowning, an event that took place literally days before he was to become permanently housed, making it even more tragic. He is, and will continue to be, missed by many.
Ronnie “Dog” N. – Ronnie was one of our community’s chronically homeless individuals until 2017 when he got an apartment specifically meant for a person experiencing chronic homelessness. He was then able to pay 1/3 of his income for rent and he was very happy to not be sleeping outdoors or in the shelter anymore. A lover of all cars, trucks, motorcycles and anything else with wheels and a motor, Ronnie was also known for his telling of “tall tales”. He died much too young at 58 years old.
Scott Jones – Scott was born in Dover. He had a heart of gold; he would give you the shirt off his back even though he did not have much for himself. Scott is survived by his brothers, sisters, grandparents, several aunts and uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He loved his family very much and was loved so much.
Todd Twombley –Todd passed away in April from colorectal cancer; he was 52 years old. Todd was known for being a hard worker, a fantastic cook and he had a fierce sense of humor. He enjoyed listening to music, reading and spending time with family and friends, who often became like family to him. Todd’s special talent was the innate ability to love people for who they are in the purest of sense. Unfortunately, Todd also faced some difficulties in his life, one of which was being homeless. While for most people this would be completely negative, it became a defining moment in Todd’s life when it enabled him to reconnect with Jesus. He was able to spend his final days in a supportive environment and being respected, warm, well-fed, loved, happy and most important, at peace.
Warner Jay Morse – 56 years old. He passed away suddenly on January 16.
Warner was raised in a Marine Corps family and had lived in many locations around the globe. He was a great athlete and loved all sports, whether participating or just watching. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps shortly after high school and honorably served his country for 4 years. Above all else, Warner loved his family. He was caring, thoughtful and kind, loved animals, and was a faithful parishioner of the Hampton First Baptist Church.
William “Benny” Jenkins – A son and down to earth man who would lend a hand to his friends.
always, a reliable car
pampers (various sizes), night pullups, and wipes
gift cards from local businesses that our guests can use when they need certain items many of which are not covered by food stamps
gift certificates to local attractions such as bowling and the movies to gift our residents during the holidays
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.