Viewpoints: Single mom struggled with homelessness

Finding A Home
Published: 11/22/2019 5:36:59 PM
Modified: 11/22/2019 5:36:46 PM

Once in a while, those involved with the Monadnock Area Transitional Shelter in Peterborough like to share success stories. Happily, we can do that this month!

A single mother with two children was able to leave the shelter a year ago. She said that after a few months of the MATS program, she was still uncertain of the future for her family. She said she was scared not knowing how things would work out for them. “It is difficult for me to find the words to explain how much my being at MATS and working with Susan [Howard, the Project Manager] helped me during that transition in our lives,” she said.

She continued, “Right now, we are comfortably settled in our apartment. It is so nice to be in our own place as we live near parks and playgrounds ... which we can enjoy during the warmer weather.

My job is going very well. They are giving me the opportunity to learn another department, so I am looking forward to growing in my experience there. The children are getting bigger. [My older child] started school and loves it. The younger one loves daycare and is already looking forward to [being in school too].

Everyday gets better and better.

At one point in my life, I found myself where I had no hope at all. I was days away from becoming homeless, my life had completely fallen apart and I saw no way out. I had never heard of the MATS program until it was brought up to me by someone who cared.

The program and working with Susan were the biggest miracles in my life. I can honestly say that I would not have gotten to where I am now without Susan’s help, and everyone who works and helps behind the scenes for this program. I am blessed, humbled and grateful for all of the help we received. A year ago I couldn’t wait for this time; now I am in a better place all around and am so grateful to MATS.”

MATS Wish List: a reliable car; sturdy bunk beds; gift cards from local businesses for gas and other items our guests need which cannot be purchased with food stamps; feminine products. Please call the MATS office to donate any of the above items and leave a message for Susan: 924-5033.

Hope Pettegrew is a MATS volunteer.


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