About Us

Our History

Fair Tide was established in 1998 by a group of southern Maine and seacoast New Hampshire citizens who were concerned for their neighbors, family and friends who were homeless or living in temporary or substandard housing.

Accepting its first participants in May 2003, Fair Tide’s Transitional Housing Program helps participants achieve self-sufficiency by offering housing, individualized support services, and referrals to community services. Fair Tide also advocates on participants’ behalf at both the local and state government levels.

Our Mission

The mission of Fair Tide is to provide short-term affordable housing in a safe dignified setting for people who are homeless. With the help of the community, Fair Tide will provide advocacy, support and referrals to assist residents in their move toward permanent housing, financial stability and self-sufficiency.

Fair Tide is as strong as it is because of these generous funders:

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Fair Tide Staff:

Emily Flinkstrom joined Fair Tide in August of 2016 as Executive Director.  A native of South Berwick, Maine she returned to her roots after ten years of working for non-profits in Utah, Colorado and Michigan.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Vermont and a Master of Social Work degree from Colorado State University.

Emily has spent her career working with and for vulnerable populations and strongly believes that we have a responsibility to help our neighbors in need. “I am honored to work for a true grassroots organization that benefits from the support of the local community.  The joy of my job is witnessing the life changing effects that stable housing and wraparound supports have on our residents.”


barbara fair tide homeless soultions shelter kittery maineBarb Joined Fair Tide in July of 2010 as Director of Social Entrepreneurship. In addition to managing the day to day operations of the Fair Tide Thrift Store, Barb is responsible for developing and implementing online sales and social media marketing strategies to increase Fair Tide’s donor and volunteer base.

Having worked retail for more than 17 years, most of them spent at Kittery Trading Post, Barb expressed excitement at the opportunity to work for Fair Tide. “It is heartwarming to work in the nonprofit world where less is actually more,” she said. As for her vision for Fair Tide, she said she wants “everyone to become a thrift store shopper. I want Fair Tide to be the model for all thrift stores with a strong community based mission.”

Our Board of Directors

Doug Roberts, Chair

Retired owner and founder, portsmouthnh.com

Dana Peters, MEd, MLADC, Vice Chair
Drug & Alcohol Counselor

Marjorie Foote, Secretary
Director, Potamus Creative

Jody Record, Treasurer
Writer, University of New Hampshire Media & Communications

Kevin Gage, Fair Tide Program Graduate
Volunteer, Fair Tide Thrift Store

Jean Kerr

Writer, editor, chef, cookbook author

Debora Martin
Retired, US Environmental Protection Agency

Amy Dutton

Owner, Amy Dutton Home

Anne Borden, RN, MPH

Massachusetts General Hospital

Sharon McLaughlin, RN, ANP

Massachusetts General Hospital