Great Nashua success story for Marguerite’s Place resident
NASHUA – In its 25 years of service, Marguerite’s Place, a local nonprofit organization that offers transitional housing for women and children, has seen many success stories.
Marguerite’s Place resident Janet Monteith has become yet another success story that staff members will get to share. Less than two years out of being homeless, she is running her own massage therapy business.
“My heart is so full; my everything is full,” Monteith said.
Monteith arrived at Marguerite’s Place on Nov. 13, 2017. She said this was a time of great struggle. She had been homeless with four young children and needed support.
In January 2018, she began school at the New Hampshire Institute for Therapeutic Arts in Hudson and graduated as a licensed massage therapist less than a year later.
“If it wasn’t for Marguerite’s Place, I don’t think I could have done it,” Monteith said, adding the organization has given her an opportunity to thrive.
Her business is known as Back in Motion Muscle Therapy, located at 2 Wellman Ave. in Nashua.
She officially opened her practice May 1. The amount of clientele has been good so far, Monteith said.
She reflected on her journey with Marguerite’s Place.
“I am looking forward to learning and being self-sufficient but I am going to miss (Marguerite’s Place). The women here are remarkable, they show up and they back you up,” Monteith said.
Patti Joseph, Monteith’s caseworker, along with other Marguerite’s Place staff showed support by attending a private open house event Wednesday.
“When she came to us, she had been driving a bus and getting her kids up early to get on the bus. We talked about doing something more beneficial,”
It was then that Monteith enrolled in the nine-month program, while balancing being a mother of four young children.
“It was not very easy,” Joseph said, adding that Monteith had a lot to juggle.
And though it was not easy, the journey has proven to be worth it.
“She had a dream and she made it happen. She’s connected with people. She knows how to network. She gets all the credit, I just watched,” Joseph said.
Joseph added, “She is an incredibly generous, caring, kind person and she’s a fabulous mother of four beautiful children.”
As part of her massage therapy business, Monteith offers deep tissue massages, reflexology, Swedish massage, sports massage, circulatory massage, lymphatic massage and neuromuscular therapy.
Monteith said she likes to “find it and fix it” when working on clients.
“Working on the body is like putting together a puzzle,” Monteith said.
She offers massages in her office, at home or in a corporate setting.
To learn more about Monteith’s business, visit https://www.facebook.com/BIMMT2019/.
Those with questions can contact Monteith at BIMMT2019@gmail.com or by calling 978-226-8062. Monteith will have a public open house at noon Wednesday.
Grace Pecci may be reached at 594-1243, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.