Families in Transition founder named 'citizen of the year'By MICHAEL COUSINEAU
New Hampshire Union Leader
March 07. 2018 11:59AM
MANCHESTER — Maureen Beauregard, president and founder of Families in Transition–New Horizons, is this year’s citizen of the year. The Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce will honor her at its annual dinner April 19 at the Manchester Downtown Hotel.
The organization has grown from owning five small units of transitional housing about 25 years ago to owning more than 200 units of emergency, transitional, permanent supportive and affordable housing for homeless and low-income residents around the state today.
“I think that Maureen is first an outstanding leader that has contributed immensely to the community,” said Kathleen Reardon, CEO of the New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits.
“She brings just a passion to helping people who are in crisis and other people who might be easily overlooked.”
Families in Transition recently merged with New Horizons for New Hampshire with Beauregard overseeing the new organization’s operations. The nonprofit also assumed control over two transitional living programs formerly overseen by Serenity Place, an addiction-treatment program that ran into financial difficulties.
“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,” said Michael Skelton, the chamber’s president and CEO.
“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,” Skelton said.
Beauregard has garnered numerous awards, including the 2016 Champion in Action Award, co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Union Leader and Citizens Bank.
Past citizen-of-the-year winners include former Centrix Bank & Trust executive Joseph Reilly, nonprofit fundraiser Ellie Cochran, AutoFair CEO Andy Crews, former Mayor Ray Wieczorek and last year’s winner, bank executive Dianne Mercier.