Save the Date

Lowell Farmers' Market 2019
July 12th - October 25th,
Every Friday, 12-5pm
Lucy Larcom Park
Looking for Vendors - Interested?
Contact Susan Brittain , 978.654.4905

or for more information/application

Mill City Mentors Golf Tournament
Thursday, September 26, 2019
Sky Meadow Country Club
Nashua NH

Conversation Series #3
Youth Homelessness
Thursday, October 24, 2019
MCC Academic Arts Center
Lowell MA

Mayor's Holiday Rock n' Roll Fest
November, 2019
Zorba's Music Hall
Lowell MA

For tickets to ALL CTI events, visit

CTI in the News

  • Spring Celebration -Honoring leaders in fight against Youth Homelessness - CTI fetes those who led the way home

  • People in Business - Franky Descoteaux, Director, CTI's Entrepreneurship Center and Amanda Mallardo, Director CTI's Youth Services Program

Karen Frederick
It has been a busy and exciting few months at Community Teamwork and the summer looks to be just as busy as we get ready to launch our annual Lowell Farmers' Market on Fridays at Lucy Larcom Park from 12–5 pm, beginning July 12 th . We are pleased to have many returning vendors join us as well as a few new ones, including Everything Alpaca and Piper Ranch. The market will showcase fresh, locally grown produce, as well as meats, honey, baked goods, handcrafts, live entertainment and children’s activities.  The Lowell Farmers' Market is just one of the many programs we provide to meet our community needs.

This summer, we also look to serve our community’s most needy as we continue our work with the City of Lowell, Greater Lowell Community Foundation, and the Lowell Plan, to assess the homeless population in Lowell and evaluate the current resources available and the needs. We will discuss our findings and plans to move forward to help alleviate homelessness within our community at our Annual Meeting on Thursday, October 24 th .

As our work to reduce youth homelessness continues, we are extremely grateful to the Smith Family Foundation who recently awarded Community Teamwork a $250,000 Grant to renovate the first floor of our new Youth Opportunity Center , located in the historic Mechanics Hall at 167 Dutton Street. This center will provide a central place for homeless and at-risk youth and the opportunity to work with CTI staff to access needed services, from housing, to food, and connection with education, training and employment.

Lastly, as affordable housing becomes more and more scarce, we are happy to announce our subsidiary, Common Ground Development Corporation, has recently been selected by the Town of Dracut to provide 60 units of much- needed Senior Housing in the town. This designation allows Common Ground to continue its mission of creating and preserving affordable housing in the Greater Lowell area.

Our work would not continue without the support of each of you. On behalf of our Board of Directors and Staff, we thank you and wish you a happy and healthy summer!

Warm regards,


Karen N. Frederick
2019 Lowell Farmers' Market
Lowell’s Original Urban Outdoor Market!

July 12th - October 25th,
Every Friday, 12-5pm
Lucy Larcom Park

Looking for Vendors - Interested?
Contact Susan Brittain , 978.654.4905
or for more information/application/
list of vendors & entertainment

Since 1979, Community Teamwork has sponsored the Lowell Farmers’ Market, offering fresh, locally grown produce from area farmers, as well as meats, fish, honey, baked goods, prepared meals, hand-crafts and more, in a beautiful, urban setting. While you shop, enjoy live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, and activities for the whole family! Open Fridays, from July through October, the Lowell Farmers’ Market is a rare gem in the heart of Downtown Lowell. 

  • Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover accepted
  • WIC coupons, SNAP/EBT, and Senior Coupons accepted
  • Department of Agriculture authorized Farmers’ Market

Some of the new vendors include Everything Alpaca NH, Piper Ranch , French Hill Maple, Roma Bakery, Willow Spring Vineyards , Abbot Hill Creamery , Kabob House Inc. for Lunch , YouthBuild of Greater Lowell (custom made adirondack chairs, corn holes, bird houses), WIC , and our longstanding farms : Spring Brook Farm , Seona Farms, Farmer Dave's , Mill City Farms , Phalla's Farm and more!

A & B Music DJ/Karaoke Services - music, dancing, bubbles AND Curious Creatures - educational show to teach respect and appreciation for unusual, and exotic curious creatures!
CTI'S SPRING CELEBRATION - Leading the way home ...
Honoring local leaders working to end youth homelessness

Jay Linnehan , CEO, Greater Lowell Community Foundation
for his ongoing commitment to addressing homelessness

The Sisters of Charity of Ottawa at Bachand Hall and Eric Cousineau
for their work with girls aging out of the foster care system
Donations to The Sisters at Bachand Hall may be made at  

State Senator (and former Mayor) Ed Kennedy and Mayor Bill Samaras
for their work to end homelessness through hosting the successful Holiday Rock N' Roll Festival Fundraiser for the past 2 years

Our May event was a wonderful success. Thank you to all the Honorees, Sponsors and Attendees that are helping us forward our plans for developing a Youth Opportunity Center.

L-R: Dennis Piendak , Board President CTI, Honoree Jay Linnehan , Karen Frederic k, CEO CTI, Steve Panagiotakos
Honoree Eric Cousineau, Dennis Piendak, Honoree Sister Cecile Cloutier , Karen Frederick, Steve Panagiotakos
Susan Kennedy accepting the award for her husband and Honoree State Senator Ed Kennedy and behind her is Patty Kirwin-Keilty , Legislative Aide
Front Row: CTI's School Age News Team : Sylis Smith, Zoe Croteau, Zacharie Croteau, Daniel Nobles, Jr.
Back: Honoree Mayor Bill Samaras, Dennis Piendak, Susan Kennedy, Karen Frederick, Patty Kirwin-Keilty, and Steve Panagiotakos
Housing Providers' Appreciation Event
Panel L-R: Carl Howel l, CTI's Division Director of
Housing & Homeless Services, Catherine Taylor ,
Associate Counsel Massachusetts Association of Realtors, Honorable Timothy F. Sullivan , Chief Justice Massachusetts Housing Court, and Kristina P. Khoury , Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination

In May, we hosted a Housing Providers' Appreciation Event, at the Double Tree by Hilton in Andover to thank our partners who provide housing opportunities to our clients in the North Shore and Merrimack Valley! The presentation topics included "Dealing with Medical Marijuana and Service Animals - Managing Risk in your Business" . Over 200 guests attended to participate in the discussion.

Mission Statement                                          
The S upporting N eighborhood O pportunity in Mass achusetts (SNO Mass) Program supports Housing Choice Voucher families with school-aged children making moves to communities with high quality schools, parks and open space and healthy, safe environments. SNO Mass helps families take full advantage of the “choice” embedded in the Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Community Teamwork is excited to tell you about this new program that we are offering for eligible families who have a Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) through [CTI/WF]. The program is called Supporting Neighborhood Opportunity in Massachusetts (SNO Mass). To participate in this program you must have at least one child in your household who is under 18 years of age.

Where you live has a big impact on your family. It can influence your family’s health, the quality of your child’s education and their future income and quality of life. SNO Mass can help you with the choices that matter most to you and your family. The map above shows you all the targeted high-opportunity neighborhoods in your region that you can choose from as part of SNO Mass.

As part of this program you will receive:

  • Access to neighborhood and housing information and housing search tools created to support SNO Mass families
  • Potentially higher voucher value to pay a higher rent for apartments in high-opportunity neighborhoods
  • A dedicated Housing Mobility Specialist at [CTI/WF] who can help you find an apartment, negotiate with landlords, and connect you to resources such as childcare, schools, and community organizations in your new neighborhood
  • Financial supports to help with security deposits, moving costs, and other fees associated with finding an apartment and to assist you and your family after your move

To learn more about this program, please contact Sofia Stavraki, CTI’s Housing Mobility Manager, , 978.654.5744
M ill City Mentors Kicks Off the Annual Comedy Night with Tony V and Rick Jenkins and Comedians from the Comedy Studio

Laughter is the best medicine – and for over 30 years (since 1987) comedians Tony V and Rick Jenkins of the Comedy Studio, have brought laughter to many people while raising money for this wonderful cause. This was the first time the event was hosted by Mill City Mentors. Tony and Rick also headline and participate in the MCM Annual Golf Tournament held in September . Thank you!
Program and Event Contact: Bridget Quinn , Director Volunteer Center, 978.654.5679, visit for more information about the program.
Comedians Carolyn Plummer, Rick Jenkins, ( Brenda Maille - Chair of Mill City Mentors Comedy Committee), Tony V and Will Noonan
Carolyn Plummer, Brenda Maille, Rick Jenkins
FINANCIAL EDUCATION CENTER - Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) & Secure Jobs Programs
Some of the VITA Volunteers

Recently, some of CTI's VITA volunteers came together for an appreciation dinner and award ceremony for their service. This past tax season (processing year 2019), CTI had 24 VITA volunteers and together they completed and filed 410 tax returns with a 97.16% success rate of acceptance!

To find out more about this program
Some of our Staff, Mentors and Students of Secure Jobs

Recently the students of CTI's Secure Jobs program attended "Celebrating Your Journey - For moving forward and not giving up on your journey towards self-sufficiency." Our speakers included Janet O'Brien from  MassHire Lowell Career Center , Jessica Cunha from Lowell Department of Transitional Assistance , and Sue Beaton from the Fireman Foundation. To find out more about this program visit



 Receive Tax Credits - Another reason to donate to CTI! 

Community Teamwork has more than $100,000 in Community Investment Tax Credits available to provide tax credits and refunds to those who give to CTI this year.

Each year, Community Teamwork serves more than 50,000 people. We could not meet the needs of so many people of all ages without your support. No matter the size of your gift, know that your donation helps people right here in your community every day.

For more information on how you can take advantage of 2019 Tax Credits, please contact Community Teamwork, Inc.,  or 978.654.5640. 
Need an Event Catered?

YouthBuild's Culinary Program continues to grow under the culinary expertise of instructor 
Anna Jabar-Omoyeni , chef and former owner of La Boniche. YouthBuild is available to cater your next event!

For all your catering needs, contact 978.905.7377. Like us on Facebook @YBLCulinary

Interested in Volunteering?

Community Teamwork offers many opportunities.
Thank you for your continued support of Community Teamwork

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