Massachusetts State of Emergency

We need your support - Now more than ever

Dear Friends,

As you know, earlier this month, Governor Maura Healey declared a State of Emergency to address the state’s overburdened shelter system as a result of the recent influx of immigrant families who are fleeing unrest and violence from Venezuela and Haiti.

In addition to the Emergency Family Shelter sites Community Teamwork operates in Lowell, we, at the state’s request, have been operating an emergency family shelter in Methuen since October 2022. In that shelter we are currently serving close to 400 people, many who are immigrants with nowhere else to go. Of those 400 individuals, 110 are children under the age of 5. In total across Massachusetts, there are 5,600 families, more than 20,000 people, including infants and children, living in shelters. This is up from just over 3,000 families last year.

In order to provide services to these families, and the new ones that we know will come, we have had to increase staffing and assume many other unanticipated expenses. The lack of affordable housing in our region is only making this situation worse and Community Teamwork is doing everything it can, to help these families and others facing homelessness.

We need your help now, more than ever, and are calling on you, our friends, to help in three major areas:


Do you have a property that you would be willing to rent to a family in need of shelter? Or are you downsizing and have a home or building that you are planning to sell? Or are you a member of a faith community that has unutilized space? Anyone who can offer assistance should contact the state at [email protected] or by dialing 211, which will be monitored by MEMA.


We provide shelter, food, and supportive services for the families in our Methuen hotel as well as scattered shelter sites in and around Lowell. That includes food and toiletries. We have created a Target Registry to help us supply certain items for our families such as diapers and other hygiene products. We appreciate any assistance you can provide. Please limit any in-kind donations to the items on this registry, Registry Link.

If you wish to buy Target Gift Cards, please keep the denominations to $25 or $50. We are also collecting Market Basket gift cards. Those cards should be kept to $25 or less in denomination and mailed to:

Margot Regan

Director of Development

Community Teamwork

155 Merrimack St.

Lowell, MA 01852


The incredible influx of families we are serving has also come with incredible costs. Furthermore, our Resource Center here in Lowell is seeing more and more families who are in crisis. Please consider making a monetary donation to support all the work we do helping those in need in our community. Any amount is truly appreciated. Please Donate here.

If you have any questions or wish to offer support, please contact us at [email protected], and/or, 978-654-4933. We will respond to each inquiry within two business days.

In closing, we hope that this State of Emergency will start a meaningful discussion on both a state and national level about the enormous need for more affordable housing. On behalf of the entire Community Teamwork Staff, thank you in advance for helping us through this challenging time. Together we can make a difference.

With Gratitude,

Karen Frederick, CEO

Community Teamwork