April 30, 2021
Dear Friends,

It is hard to believe it has been a little over a year since the pandemic began. I marvel at the resilience of so many, including our staff, clients and all of our community partners, who have stepped up, pivoted and leaned in, during these trying times.

As I reflect on the work we have accomplished as an organization, it is truly hard to imagine. For instance, prior to 2020, we typically processed approximately $3.5M in Rental Assistance payments per year. This year, we will process more than $30M payments! In order to do this, our Rental Assistance staff needed to grow from 5 people to more than 26 people in a very short time. We delivered hundreds of meals to families in need, temporarily housed a hundred homeless individuals, educated hundreds of our community's children, both in person and remotely, assisted more than 300 businesses in obtaining government relief through the SBA's grant and loan programs, and continued to mentor young people in more creative ways through our Mill City Mentors program.

We recently hosted our State Senators and Legislators to review our important State Budget Priorities. We assisted the city in raising and distributing more than $13K in funds for families who were devastated by fires this winter. And, our Youth Opportunity Center at 167 Dutton Street, formerly known as Mechanics Hall, was recently recognized by the National Park Service for its role in the Underground Railroad!

As we head into Spring, our work at Community Teamwork continues. We remain grateful for your support which allows us to continue to serve our community through the many programs featured below.

We wish you continued health and happiness,
Karen Frederick, CEO
Barbara Warren Promoted to Division Director, Housing and Homeless Services at Community Teamwork

We are pleased to announce that Barbara Warren has been promoted to the position of Division Director of Housing and Homeless Services. Barbara has been with Community Teamwork since 2011, serving first  as  Rehousing  and Stabilization Manager  and  most  recently  as  the Deputy  Division Director of Residential Programs.

In her new role as the Division Director of Housing and Homeless Services for Community Teamwork, Barbara's administrative focus will be on the variety of housing programming and supportive services that Community Teamwork provides across 72 cities and towns within the Commonwealth. These programs vary from homelessness prevention and homeless shelters to administering subsidized housing to over 3,600 tenants as well as Youth Services and Community Teamwork’s Vocational Leadership program, YouthBuild of Lowell. READ MORE
Mechanics Hall Recognized by the National Park Service for its Role in the Underground Railroad Network

We received some very exciting news as Community Teamwork's Middlesex Mechanics Association Hall and Building at 167 Dutton Street, (currently our Youth Opportunity Center), was one of several sites selected by the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program. Historically, the building housed a barbershop which employed freedom seekers Nathaniel Booth and Edwin Moore from 1845-1851. This building represents the opportunity to build new lives in freedom in supportive communities. Booth’s and Moore’s lives were disrupted by the passage of the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 and the efforts of their enslavers to return them to bondage, sending them to Canada before being able to return to their families later in the decade.

See Lowell Black History Story - Nathaniel Booth: https://bit.ly/3dThJWZ
See Black History Story - Additional Freedom Seekers: https://bit.ly/2PuyLl6
To learn more about the history of Mechanics Hall, please visit: https://bit.ly/3ezA4

SNO Mass Program at Community Teamwork

The Supporting Neighborhood Opportunity in Massachusetts (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 health, safe environments. SNO Mass helps families take full advantage of the “choice” embedded in the Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Click HERE to watch a family success story.

The Entrepreneurship Center at Community Teamwork Awarded $650,000 to Support Underserved Entrepreneurs

The Entrepreneurship Center @Community Teamwork raised $650,000 from various funders to provide critical support for businesses impacted by Covid-19.
 
The Entrepreneurship Center @CTI won a highly competitive Small Business Administration (SBA) PRIME grant. With nearly 200 national applications, the ECenter was one of 27 awardees, only two of whom operate in Massachusetts. In partnership with Lowell’s CDBG COVID emergency funds, PRIME funds will be used to hire local consultants who will provide critical support to businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19. The Specialized Technical Assistance Teams Program (STAT) team will serve the short- and long-term goals of entrepreneurs, supporting them in the areas of operations, finance, marketing, and wellness. 
 
STAT provides culturally and language competent consulting to underserved restaurants and retailers across Lowell, with specific focus in Cambodia Town, The Acre, Downtown, and Back Central. The Entrepreneurship Center @CTI will work with local partners to identify consultants, including Cambodian Mutual Assistance of Greater Lowell (CMAA), Coalition for a Better Acre (CBA), Working Cities Challenge, African Community Center of Lowell (ACCL), Portuguese American Center, the LatinX Community Center for Empowerment and others. READ MORE

Click HERE for the Entrepreneurship Center's March Newsletter.

Fuel Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Energy Conservation Programs

You work hard. Heat is expensive! Do you need help keeping warm this winter?

Y​our family ​may qualify for payments toward winter heating bills, discounts on monthly​ utility bills, a no-cost ​home energy ​assessment, free ​appliance replacement, and other energy-​saving improvements for your home, all at no cost to you. ​

A ​Massachusetts family of four earning up to $75,201 may qualify.

Emergency Rent and Mortgage Assistance (ERMA)
AND Rental Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) Application

Community Teamwork is pleased to offer new financial assistance programs for families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and state of emergency.

The Emergency Rent and Mortgage Assistance (ERMA) Program, funded by the Massachusetts Department of Housing & Community Development, provides up to $10,000 of direct funding to eligible households. ERMA can help to fund payments for rent or mortgage arrears accrued no earlier than April 1, 2020 or upcoming rent or mortgage payments.

CAREERS AT COMMUNITY TEAMWORK

FEATURED POSITION: Director of Diversity, Policy, and Culture
 
We are seeking a Director of Diversity, Policy and Culture (Human Resources) who will be a trusted advisor assessing and advising on the design and system changes needed by the organization. In conjunction with Executive Management, through coaching and partnership, this position will develop relevant solutions and support human capital, diversity, equity, and inclusivity. The position will be data driven, detail-oriented and will require monitoring, revising, and developing agency policies to create a more equitable and inclusive culture at Community Teamwork. The Director of Diversity, Policy, and Culture will be an individual who inspires others to act, and embodies servant leadership, empathy, and respect for all humanity. This position will report to the Chief Human Resources Officer. Full Job Description ~  Flyer



Thank you to our Partners who help Community Teamwork fulfill our mission each and every day.

We appreciate your continued generosity.

WILLIAM MANNING







GEORGE DUNCAN
BPB REALTY
EFTHEMIA POULAKOS DRAGON
MARINA SCHELL - SCHELL REVOCABLE TRUST
DON WASHBURN
CONNIE MARTIN - LOWELL SCHOOL COMMITTEE
There are ALWAYS Ways to Help
If you find yourself in a position to help, your contribution will aid our efforts on every front as we work together to defeat COVID-19, care for our clients and families in their hour of greatest need, and emerge stronger than ever. 

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