A mother’s determination

A young family at the Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter has been with us for a few months. The mother has her hands full with four young children, the last of whom was born after they came to MATS. This young woman is a special mom — with so much on her plate as a single mother, she remains even-keeled, determined, and very loving to her children.

There are many reasons why our guest is grateful to be at the shelter. She appreciates our Case Manager Susan’s thoughtful guidance as well as her help when she needs a break from the children, even just to take a shower. She also knows that by participating in MATS’ program, she has time “to figure things out.” And thanks to the recent donation of a van, the family now has a vehicle that will accommodate all four car seats.

This mother also told me that the other guests at the shelter are very friendly and all have been a big help to her, which she reciprocates when she can.

Our guest has been an LNA for several years and her goal is to begin working again, as soon as she is able to secure childcare for the baby, which Susan is assisting her with as well. And the collaboration between MATS and The River Center on Concord Street is very beneficial to this mother as someone from that office visits MATS once a week to offer her assistance.

While we talked, she and I folded laundry and she told me of plans for a combined birthday party later that day for two of the children. Her resilience is clear and her determination to improve her current situation demonstrates what a strong person this mother is as she faces what comes next. I certainly wish her great success!

Wish List: reliable car; diapers from size 2 and up; toddler bed. If you can donate any of these items, please call the MATS office at 924-5033 and leave a message. Thank you.

Hope Pettegrew of Hancock is a former board member but remains a volunteer for MATS. MATS is a transitional shelter, not an emergency shelter. MATS collaborates with The River Center.

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