March 11, 2014

For more information, media only, contact: Michele Talwani – 603-641-1143 ext. 322

For more information, general questions, contact: Kyle Beaulieu – 603-641-9441 ext. 259


The Dodging Homelessness High School Tournament will be held on March 15, 2014 to raise awareness on homelessness and crown the state dodgeball champion.

MANCHESTER, NH – The New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness (NHCEH) and Families in Transition (FIT) are hosting their annual dodgeball high school tournament, on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Southern New Hampshire University.  The event, “Dodging Homelessness High School Tournament,” brings high schools together to raise awareness on homelessness and compete for the statewide dodgeball championship.  Schools involved in the event have helped raise funds to support the NHCEH and FIT, including educational scholarships for homeless New Hampshire students.

“Bringing high schools and their students together to support this cause is extraordinary,” said Maureen Beauregard, President of FIT.  “The event will help provide a safe home and basic necessities for FIT’s participants.”

“Raising awareness on this issue, especially among our youth, is an essential step to preventing homelessness here in New Hampshire,” said Cathy Kuhn, Director of the NHCEH.  “We’re proud to have these high schools and students working side-by-side with us.”

The tournament is open to the public.  Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students, and free for kids ages 12 and under.  Tickets can be purchased at the door with cash or a credit card.  All proceeds go to the NHCEH and FIT, including educational scholarship for homelessness New Hampshire students.

High schools that are anticipated to participate in the event  Derryfield High School, Farmington High School, Londonderry High School, Manchester Central High School, Manchester Memorial High School, Manchester West High School, Merrimack High School, and Timberlane Regional High School.

To learn more about the tournament, visit www.nhceh.org/dodgeball.

The NH Coalition to End Homelessness is a nonprofit organization with the purpose of eliminating the causes of homelessness through research, education, and advocacy.  For more information about the NHCEH and this training, visit www.nhceh.org or call 603-641-9441.

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, enabling them to gain self-sufficiency and respect.  FIT also owns and operates two thrift stores in Manchester and Concord, NH, as well as a commercial cleaning company, FIT Cleaning Solutions, all of which serve as economic engines to help pay for services that FIT provides. For more information about FIT, the stores, and the commercial cleaning company, visit www.fitnh.org or call 603-641-9441.