Friends of Families in Transition is a 501 c (3) organization that serves as a contact point for families dealing with housing crises and for community groups needing advice on how to best guide families who are struggling to maintain housing or who are in need of emergency housing assistance. Organizational leaders are also actively engaged in an effort to empower low income families to become financially independent, partnering with the Worcester Area Mission Society’s Sustainable Massachusetts Initiative.
Friends of FIT was first formed in 2011 in response to the needs of families living in emergency motel shelter in Northborough, MA. Soon thereafter the organization was contracted by the State of Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to assist with coordination of community services at several other motel shelter sites. At the height of the housing crisis that resulted in as many as 2000 families being sheltered at motels, Friends of FIT served as a state-wide model for communities who wanted to deliver services to these families both compassionately and effectively.
As the number of families being placed in motel shelter has gone down significantly due to a concerted effort on the part of DHCD, Friends of FIT has continued to support individual families, working closely with the churches and community groups that families in crisis often turn to for guidance.