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 reduce homelessness by providing housing and support services to individuals and families in the Seacoast.

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.”


Kerry Brent, Fair Tide’s case manager, works with residents to identify obstacles to permanent housing and to create a plan to overcome them.  She brings almost 20 years of experience working in the social service sector supporting individuals struggling with mental health issues.  “I strive to promote and achieve a better quality of life for our residents.  My hope is that I am seen as as source of support on their journey for years to come.”



Barbara McGaughey 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.”


Board of Directors

Amy Dutton, Chair
Architect, Interior Designer, Owner, Amy Dutton Home

Debora Martin, Vice Chair
Retired, US Environmental Protection Agency

Marjorie Foote, Secretary
Director, Potamus Creative

Ryan Pope, Treasurer
Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager & Mortgage Lender, Kennebunk Savings Bank

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

Ali Goodwin
Lead Real Estate Agent, Haven Homes + Lifestyles

Sharon McLaughlin
Registered Nurse, Massachusetts General Hospital

Dana Peters
Drug & Alcohol Counselor



Fair Tide is funded in part by United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, among many other local foundations, businesses and individuals.  Click here to learn more about supporting our mission!