Resident recovering from health issue, preparing to look for job
“I like working,” a current guest at the Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter told us recently when we interviewed her and, she added, “I need a job.” She is an older woman who had once hoped to be a schoolteacher. While she was certified in New Hampshire as well as another state, she turned to other work opportunities in retail and offices instead.
Having grown up and graduated from college in the Midwest, this woman moved east where she lived in another state before coming to New Hampshire. Since living in this area, she has worked at several local businesses doing customer relations and other office work.
Due to a recent physical ailment, our guest ended up in a Manchester hospital for a couple of months. She was then transferred to a local health care facility for rehab and it was there that she learned about MATS. Her ailment is healing nicely, which will mean she can look for a job soon.
While at MATS, our case manager has been assisting this guest in applying for housing, and encouraging her in many ways; she does have food stamps. We also encouraged her to visit the two local food pantries, as well as the three church dinners.
She told us that the other residents at the shelter are very nice and helpful. She is very happy to be at MATS.
“MATS is a great place,” she told us. “It’s comfortable and safe; I’m a homebody person.” She also likes the privacy it offers.
Because she is unable to return to her home, our guest’s biggest priority now is to find housing. She remains positive, certain the future will offer her safety and success.
We applaud her and wish her well as she moves on with her life.
In May, MATS lost one of its early, enthusiastic supporters. Marge Jacobs was instrumental in the success of MATS, working tirelessly to encourage support from the public, assuming all kinds of responsibilities to assure that that success would happen. No chore was too menial for her and she persuaded others to join her in her efforts. This kind of dedication made MATS a reality. Even after she moved to Maine, Marge kept in touch, eager to know what MATS was doing. We will always be grateful to her, and will miss her.
Wish list: a reliable car. Please call the MATS office at 924-5033 if one is available.
Nancy Perkins of Peterborough and Hope Pettegrew of Hancock are former board members but remain volunteers for MATS. MATS is a
member of The River Center on
Concord Street. We are a transitional shelter, not an emergency shelter.