Helping to Chase Away Homelessness
A celebratory “groundbreaking” took place on Wednesday for Hope House in Wolfeboro.
Hope House will provide short-term emergency housing and services to homeless families with children in the Governor Wentworth Regional School District. It is the only such facility in southern Carroll County New Hampshire. Families in Transition (FIT), the organization that runs Hope House, will provide 24/7 on-site staff to address the specific needs of each family, such as transportation, case management, meals, and employment.
Hope House is located on Lehner Street and renovation on the current building is scheduled to begin in December with an opening date sometime in 2018.
Brewster trustees Jim Curvey (left) and Richard Blackburn at the groundbreaking.
Head of School Craig Gemmell plans to involve the Brewster community in supporting the needs of Hope House. Speaking on behalf of Brewster Academy at the groundbreaking, Brewster trustee Richard Blackburn (GP ’19) talked about the important partnership between the Academy and the town of Wolfeboro and of the Academy’s students and staff serving Hope House and its families from students working with the children to faculty teaching adults to even the possibility of future employment for some of its temporary residents.
A few days before the groundbreaking, Brewster fielded a team for the Wicked FIT 5K Run to help “chase away homelessness”. Students were unable to participate in the race through the hills above the Abenaki Ski Area due to Saturday classes but the Brewster team raised more than $1,000 for FIT.
On October 20 Maureen Beauregard, president and founder of FIT, is the featured guest at Brewster’s All-School Assembly. She will introduce FIT and Hope House to the students and faculty and share her journey from beginning FIT to its need here in Wolfeboro and specifically how it impacts local families.