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The Welcome Mat

Newsletter of the Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter
October 2019


Several non-profit organizations in Peterborough are organizing events to be held during the National Hunger & Homelessness week in November, from the 15th to the 24rd. Along with the Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter, the Peterborough Library, the Food Pantry, students and staff at ConVal are working together to organize these events.

The week will begin on the 15th with a reception at the Library from 5 to 7 PM featuring stories being read by actors from Firelight Theater Workshop. During that time, an art show titled “What Does it Mean to Feel at Home” will include works by ConVal students.

On Saturday the 16th, Bowling Acres on Elm Street will host the second annual Candlepin Classic (a fundraiser for The Glass Museum) and will provide boxes in which people may place non-perishable food items for MATS and for the Food Pantry. Also that day, the Holiday Craft Fair at the High School will have an information table pertaining to the week and the issues.

Bob Marrone, pastor at Union Congregational Church and MATS Board member, plans to incorporate the week’s theme in his sermon on the 17th. Other places of worship in the area will do that as well.

On Monday, the18th, UCC will host its weekly community supper from 5:30 to 6:30 in the church’s all-purpose room. Also that night, Monadnock Community Hospital Hospital Task Force: Be the Change will be showing the film “Broken Places” at the Peterborough Community Theater at 6 pm

Tuesday, the 19th, All Saints Church will provide its weekly community supper from 5:30 to 6:30 PM in Reynolds Hall. And at 5:00 PM the same day, MATS will present the “Lights of Love Tree Lighting Ceremony” at the Monadnock Community Hospital.

On Wednesday, the 20th, the weekly spaghetti supper will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. All of the Church Community Suppers gratefully accept donations. Following the community supper is book discussion of the book by Matthew Desmond titled Evicted form 6:30 PM at the Peterborough Library.

The Peterborough Library will host a movie “What Does Homelessness Look Like?” at 6:30 on Thursday, the 21st followed by a discussion on the subject facilitated by Eric Bowman. There will also be a panel talking about MATS and the services that MATS’ program offers to people who experience housing insecurity.

From 11:00 AM to noon on Friday, the 22nd, there will be a discussion of the book by Matthew Desmond titled Evicted. To end the week on Saturday, the 23rd, there will be an information table during the Holiday Stroll from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM and all community dinner will be held at the Peterborough Community Center from 5-6:30 PM.

During the week, there will be a display of books on the subjects at the Toadstool as well as at the Library.

Please watch for more specifics in the Ledger-Transcript the week prior to these events. We hope that you will enjoy many of these events as we remember those less fortunate who need better and more permanent housing.

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


To Kiwanis Club of Peterborough for their donation
Ashley Griffing (pictured) and her mom Lynn Griffing did a bake sale for MATS Steven Fund For Kids in September. They raised $325 in two hours!!
Bake sale
Salon Exodus donated a free $50 service to the first person who donated $50
Gifts we received from the Women’s Fellowship group at the Union Congregational Church UCC:
Items from UCC


Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is November 16-24. We have many upcoming events, focusing on MATS, The Food Pantry, and many other area organizations. Please consider Following and Liking us on social media, posting our flyer, handing out our brochure, or sharing our events in your email communications.

HHAW flyerHHAW Brochure



Learn more:

Peterborough Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week
“Our Town”
November 16-24, 2019
Hunger. Homelessness. HOPE.

Did You Know?

  1. We have 25 children identified as homeless in the Conval School District
  2. The Peterborough Food Pantry serves over 300 households 6300 meals per month
  3. End 68 Hours of Hunger sends home 140 to 180 bags of food home with children in our school district each weekend
  4. MATS (Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter), our transitional shelter located in Peterborough, hosted 7 families in the year 2018 and received 275 calls looking for shelter assistance

Our Schedule


*All events from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at Peterborough Town Library
“What Does It Mean to Feel At Home?” Art Exhibit opening and reception featuring artists from ConVal High School

Pop-Up Stories: “Hunger & Homelessness: Stories of HOPE” sponsored by Firelight Theatre Workshop


Conval Craft Fair from 10:00am – 5:00pm information table will be present at Conval High School

The Second Annual Candlepin Classic Fundraiser for The Glass Museum 6:00pm (collection boxes for Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter (MATS) and Peterborough Food Pantry will be present) at Bowling Acres


Sermons at the Sunday Services at various places of worship


Community Supper 5:30-6:30pm at Union Congregational Church

Movie: Broken Places sponsored by the Monadnock Community Hospital Task Force: Be the Change 6:00pm at Peterborough Community Theatre


Lights of Love Tree Lighting Ceremony 5:00pm
presented by Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter at Monadnock Community Hospital

Community Supper 5:30-6:30pm at All Saints Church


Community Supper 5:30-6:30pm at Peterborough Unitarian Universalist Church

Book Discussion Group Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond 6:00pm at Peterborough Town Library


Movie: What Does Homelessness Look Like? Discussion and info session hosted by Eric Bowman and MATS 6:30pm at Peterborough Town Library


Book Discussion Group Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond 11:00am at Peterborough Town Library


Peterborough Holiday Stroll from 10:00am – 2:00pm, information table will be present at Union Congregational Church

Community Dinner 5:00-6:30pm at Peterborough Community Center


Community Breakfast 8:00-9:15am at Peterborough United Methodist Church


Movie: A Place at the Table info session and fundraiser for Peterborough Food Pantry 7:00 pm at Peterborough Community Theatre pm *free admission food donations encouraged

1. Book Display at Peterborough Town Library
2. Book Display at Toadstool
3. Collection box at Steeles for Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter (MATS)
4. Food collection at Manhattan East for Peterborough Food Pantry
5. Art Exhibit “What does It Mean to Feel at Home?” by Conval students on display at the Peterborough Town Library

A Collaboration With:

Echo Finch
End 68 Hours of Hunger
Firelight Theatre Workshop
The Glass Museum
Manhattan East
Melissa French and NetCastles
Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter (MATS)
Monadnock Community Hospital
Peterborough Community Theatre
Peterborough Food Pantry
Peterborough Town Library
Rebecca’s Consignments
Steele’s Stationers
Union Congregational Church of Peterborough


Lights of Love – Order lights by November 8. Tree lighting Tuesday, November 19, 5 pm at the Monadnock Community Hospital


PLEASE NOTE: from now on, there will be a permanent box at Steele’s where people may leave wish list items for MATS. Thank you so much to Steele’s Stationers for hosting our box!
MATS Donation Dropoff Box


always, a reliable car
a metal bunk bed
healthy snacks
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
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!


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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