Maureen Beauregard Named Citizen of the Year!
We are pleased to announce Maureen Beauregard has been named the GMCC Citizen of the Year. The award will be presented to Maureen on Thursday, April 19th at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner and Citizen of the Year Celebration at the Manchester Downtown Hotel, presented by Eastern Bank. The Citizen of the Year award is an annual tradition of the GMCC which first began in 1954.
Maureen Beauregard, President of Families in Transition – New Horizons, began her career in homeless services in 1991 when she was hired by the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund to begin a small transitional housing program for five single mothers and their children. Quickly recognizing the need for more housing and services for homeless families in New Hampshire, Maureen created Families in Transition (FIT), an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide homeless families with the housing and services that they need to recover from their experience and become successful members of the community. With Maureen’s dedication and vision, FIT has become one of the most innovative and successful social service agencies in New Hampshire. Since its inception, FIT has grown from owning five small units of transitional housing to owning over 200 units of emergency, transitional, permanent supportive and affordable housing for homeless and low-income citizens in the state.
Under Maureen’s leadership, FIT has grown exponentially, developing new programs in response to community needs. Over the past 25 years, FIT has not only served thousands of people directly, but has also broadened public awareness about homelessness in our community and state. In 2002, FIT opened its first OutFITters Thrift Store, which provides a revenue stream for the organization, volunteer opportunities and offers public awareness for the organization. In 2018, FIT merged with New Horizons as Families in Transition – New Horizons, to further expand services to underserved individuals and families and eliminate gaps in critical services to the community.
Maureen’s generosity extends beyond her work with Families in Transition – New Horizons, as she has given her time and service with other nonprofit, community and business boards.
She has served on the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Governing Council of Housing Action New Hampshire, and is the Chairperson of the New Hampshire Interagency Council on Homelessness. She has also served as an Advisory Board Member for the NH Charitable Foundation’s Manchester Region.
Maureen’s work on behalf of vulnerable families in the state has been highly recognized by the community, as she has received the following awards: 2008 Women’s Recognition Award from the NH Commission on the Status of Women, 2006 Good Samaritan Award for Public Service by Pastoral Counseling Services of NH, 2005 Key to the City of Manchester by Former Mayor Baines, 2005 National Association of Social Workers Citizen of the year, and the 2003 YWCA Susan B. Anthony Award. Under Maureen’s leadership, FIT has also received numerous awards including the Walter J. Dunfey Award for Excellence in Management, NH Business Review’s Business Excellence Award, and the 2016 Citizen’s Bank Champion in Action award.
While these awards demonstrate the community’s appreciation of Maureen’s work, what is more important to Maureen than community recognition is the response of those who have directly benefitted from her passion, dedication and vision. Here are the words of one individual directly impacted by Maureen’s work, “FIT helped me walk with my head raised high. And to show this world, I am still somebody and no matter where I go, I can be me. Thanks to all of you I feel free to live again. You have helped me to be even stronger. Thank you to Maureen for letting me be a part of that special dream that you had.”
What others have to say…
“Maureen embodies the characteristics of the Citizen of the Year award in her approach to engaging the greater Manchester community in her life’s work, to providing housing and hope for our citizens. Maureen moves mountains for people and our community, and builds partnerships to maximize resources and deliver improved services, which is a testament to both her leadership skills and generosity. The Chamber is honored and thrilled to select Maureen as the next Citizen of the Year,” Michael Skelton, GMCC President & CEO.
“Perhaps what I admire the most about Maureen is her optimistic tenacity. She is not afraid to move forward, despite the obstacles that are inherent in her work. She is an inspiration and a role model for me, and to many others whose life she has touched,” Kathleen Reardon, CEO for the NH Center for Nonprofits, and one of Maureen’s many nominators.
“Without Maureen’s leadership, literally thousands homeless individuals, families and children would have gone without the housing and services needed to recover from homelessness,” Cathy Schmidt, Executive Director & CEO of McLane Middleton and nominator.
About the GMCC Annual Dinner and Citizen of the Year Celebration
Since 1954 the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce has presented one outstanding individual the Citizen of the Year Award. This outstanding group of individuals has been paramount in shaping the GMCC’s agenda and the community. The Citizen of the Year award recognizes an individual with outstanding leadership and citizenship in the community, while demonstrating exemplary vision, civic pride and commitment to the betterment of society. To be nominated, the individual should live in the greater Manchester area and his or her activities should be centered in the same area. Recognition is given for leadership and performance in several areas of community service over a period of years.
Maureen Beauregard will be recognized as Citizen of the Year at the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner and Citizen of the Year Celebration, presented by Eastern Bank, on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 5 p.m. at the Manchester Downtown Hotel.