The Welcome Mat January


The Welcome Mat for January has been released.

The Welcome Mat

Newsletter of the Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter
January 2020

100% Success Rate!
Once again, 100% of our guests who completed the MATS program in 2019 have moved on to permanent housing!
We do this without money from the state or federal government – we rely solely on donations.

Did You Know That:
In January 2019 1,542 people in New Hampshire were homeless, according to the Point-in-Time count.

Folk Show
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 or through the event page on Facebook.

Woodbound Inn
Woodbound Inn Wednesday Buffet Benefiting MATS!
On 2/19 and 2/26 Woodbound Inn in Rindge will have a buffet dinner, from 5-8 pm, which costs $14. $3 will be donated to MATS!
You can read about the benefit buffet program here

C and S Wholesale GrocersMany Thanks!
C & S Wholesale Grocers for its continued support through its mini grant program!

MATS Stats December 2019
We had 13 calls from people. We had 1 family move into permanent housing and 2 families move into MATS.
Susan had 3 contacts at The River Center in Dec. She was only there one day due to snow days and the holidays.

The People We Serve: Blindsided
One day my boyfriend came home to tell me he was moving out of state. This left myself and my two children with two weeks to find a place to live.
I could not afford the rent on the apartment we were sharing. I was blindsided by his decision. Between the emotions of my relationship ending and the fact that we would soon be homeless, I was totally overwhelmed. I didn’t know what to do or where to turn. I didn’t have the money to rent another apartment, never mind find one.
I couldn’t believe we would soon be homeless; I worked full time. How could that happen.
I was so overwhelmed I couldn’t think straight. I felt frozen by fear. I felt that my life was over.
My children would have to go live with their dad. I would be sleeping in my car. How would I keep my job?
What would I do without my children with me? They are my life and that would be devastating to them and me. They would have to switch schools. I didn’t have any family to help. I didn’t know what to do or where to turn.
Then a friend told me about MATS. Desperate for answers, and help, I called.
MATS became my safe haven. With the help of MATS I was able to keep my children with me, they were able to stay in their school. I was able to keep my job. I was able to find community resources that I needed. I was able to save money for a security deposit and first month’s rent. I found an apartment that I could afford on my own.
I am very grateful for MATS assistance. My family would not be where we are today if I did not make that call.
– Submitted by a resident of MATS 2016


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!


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

You can shop at Amazon and support MATS: Visit You will be prompted to select a non-profit to support. We are listed as Monadnock Area Transitional Sheltering. Shop as normal, starting from, and a percentage of your purchase will be donated to MATS.

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