Friends of Families in Transition is a non profit 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 either struggling to maintain housing or in need of emergency housing assistance.
Friends of FIT also works to identify and encourage best practices for supporting and lifting up struggling families before a crisis hits. This includes being actively engaged with Mass. State Legislators working to proactively respond to systematic issues and policies that impact children and families; such issues include the need for much greater trauma informed training in low-income daycare settings and reforms in the foster care system. Friends of FIT is also a working partner of the Worcester Area Mission Society’s Sustainable Massachusetts Conference Series that spotlights innovative approaches that are being used to help children and families achieve self-sufficiency during a time when shifts in our economy are leaving many people further behind.
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.