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FIT Breaks Ground on Treatment Center Expansion
Published Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Key leaders gathered Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, to celebrate the groundbreaking of the expansion of Families in Transition’s Family Willows Substance Use Treatment Center and Recovery Housing into the new Manchester Recovery and Treatment Center building. Shown are the supporters of the project who each spoke during the program at the event before they helped to break down a wall in the building before construction starts on the expansion of the treatment center and recovery housing for women. Picutred, form left, are: Dean Christon, executive director of NH Housing; NH Sen. Dan Feltes; Arthur Sullivan, principal partner of Brady Sullivan Properties; NH Sen. Chuck Morse; NH Sen. Lou D’Allesandro; U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan; Dick Anagnost, president of Anagnost Companies and chairman of the board of directors of FIT; Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas; Gov. Chris Sununu; Maureen Beauregard, president of Families in Transition; and Chris Scott, representative from U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s office.   


Families in Transition (FIT) broke ground on Tuesday on its expansion of the Family Willows Substance Use Treatment Center and Recovery Housing. Nearly 100 state, government, business, and community leaders attended the groundbreaking ceremony. It will be located on the second and third floors of the new Manchester Recovery and Treatment Center in the former Hoitt Furniture building in Manchester.

“We have, as a community, seen a spike in substance misuse and substance misuse related deaths,” says Dick Anagnost, Families in Transition board chairman. “The expansion of FIT’s Family Willows Substance Use Treatment Center will enable 400 women each year to receive the treatment that they need in order to get their lives back. In addition, for the first time ever, FIT will now be able to provide 19 units of recovery housing for women with and without children.”

This $4 million dollar project will begin construction in March. The project has been funded by NH Housing, City of Manchester, Cogswell Benevolent Trust, Community Development Finance Authority, Brady Sullivan Properties, Anagnost Companies, Grappone Automotive Group, Merchants Fleet Management, Eastern Bank, and Kalwall Corporation.

Families in Transition is a nonprofit organization that provides safe, affordable housing and social services to individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. FIT also owns and operates two thrift stores in Manchester and Concord, which serve as economic engines to help pay for services that FIT provides. 

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