SuitAbility – “Steps To Success” 2009 Fall Series

What a tremendous resource for our ladies. Many thanks to Kathy Hayes for passing this opportunity on to us.

SuitAbility Program

536 Pawtucket St. Lowell, MA 01854

Tel: (978) 934-8898 Fax: (978) 934-8899



The SuitAbility program is pleased to again announce its’ workshop series “Steps to Success”. The series is aimed at helping to build financial and employment skills. This is a free series offered to low-income women in the community. Childcare will be provided. You may attend one or all of the classes offered.   Pre-registration is required.

October 13                             Resume and Interview Skills

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One Family Right Resources Bulletin

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This Week’s News from the Right Resources Bulletin Board

September 28, 2009

From the Right Resources Forum:

Stimulus injects $1.2 million into Fall River’s homeless prevention programs

DCF/DHCD Information Meeting on Home Visiting Program 10/1/09

Many thanks to Liz Curtis for this invitation:

On behalf of Undersecretary Tina Brooks and Commissioner Angelo McClain, I am pleased to invite you to a presentation on a new Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and Department of Children and Families (DCF) initative to serve families that are homeless.  DHCD DCF are collaborating to provide Health and Safety Assessments (HAS) for families who are seeking emergency shelter because they are currently in an overcrowded living situation or living in a units that presents an unsafe or unsanitary condition.

DCF is in the unique position to perform these health and safety assessments because its core mission is the care and protection of children. The purpose of the assessments is to provide verification of a significant risk to a child or children that warrant an immediate shelter placement.   DCF will also be in a position to offer additional services and financial assistance to eligible families.

The meeting will be held on October 1st at 10:00 a.m. at 100 Cambridge Street, 2nd Floor, Conference Room B.   Please RSVP to Jo-Ann Moriarty

Merrimack Valley Regional Network Seeks an HMIS Manager

As many folks are aware the MVRN is in the process of hiring case managers and an HMIS Manager. Much of what we do in the field of homeless service delivery is very much data driven.

So please..if you or anyone you might know might have the experience in HMIS management, simply follow the link provided.

Up to $49,920/yr.
Exempt Full-Time
Open Until 9/30/09

One Family – Family Triage Training 10/15/09

Family Triage Training
Join us for a Webinar on October 15
Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
One Family Inc and the Paul and Phyllis Fireman Foundation are proud to present the Family Triage Training Webinar.

The trainers for this webinar are Dave Davis of the Community Shelter Board and Molly  Rampe of the YWCA Family Center both in Columbus Ohio.  The Community Shelter Board and the YWCA Family Center have collaborated to make significant changes to the way homelessness is addressed in Columbus.  Since their implementation of a single point of entry system with a focus on effective assessment, triage, and diversion their shelter admissions have decreased and their length of stay has also shortened.  Dave and Molly will conduct this training for ICHH Network Members with a focus on effectively triaging families to reduce shelter reliance.

Title: Family Triage Training
Date: Thursday, October 15, 2009
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.
System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 2000, XP Home, XP Pro, 2003 Server, Vista

**Note: if you are unable to attend the webinar the power point presentation used during the training will be available**

Benefit Gospel Concert presented by MVRN & CTI

Benefit Gospel Concert

Presented by Community Teamwork, Inc and the Merrimack valley Regional Network to End Homelessness

Featuring Lura Smith
with guest artists Michael Lally,
The Bethlehem Baptist Community Church Mass Choir and
The Silver Lining Gospel Singers

Refreshments provided by La Boniche Restaurant and served following the conclusion of the concert.

Saturday October 3rd, 2009
12 – 2:00 PM
St. Ann’s Episcopal Church
8 Kirk St.
Lowell, MA 01852

Call Brent Rourke for Tickets

@ (978) 459-0551 x219

Suggested donation is $20 per person

Checks payable to Community Teamwork, Inc.

City of Lowell Hunger Homeless Awareness Month



C I T Y  OF  L O W E L L


Monday, October 5th


Hunger/Homeless Heroes

VFW Post 662

190 Plain St., Lowell

Full Breakfast Buffet

Awards to be given to:

Senator Steven Panagiotakos

Linda King – Community Development Specialist – City of Lowell

Deb Sevigny, Department of Transitional Assistance

Patrick Lewis – Consumer Advocacy

Walter & Rose Bronk – St. Paul’s Soup Kitchen

Tickets: $20 tickets in advance/at the door

October 1st through October 30th


Lowell Public & Private Schools

will collect non-perishable

Food donations for Merrimack Valley Food Bank

& Catholic Charities Food Pantry

Contact: Amy at for more information

Wednesday, October 21st


EAST END CLUB -15 West Fourth – Lowell

Great Food, Raffles & Fun for Children

Tickets: $5 per person & $12 for family – in advance/at the door

Saturday, October 24th


The Wish Project - 1A Foundry St. – Lowell –

Judy Keen Blanket the Valley Project

Clean blankets, comforters, spreads and throws welcome

Sponsor a blanket collection box in October or drop off on 10/24 @ The Wish Project.

** Portions of this months fundraising efforts to be distributed to St. Paul’s Soup Kitchen**

*For more detailed information, tickets, donation or sponsorship information, please contact:

Deborah Luna @ (978) 454-7272 or


Kristin Ross-Sitcawich @ (978) 761-3973 or

Winter Utility Moratorium Information

Many thanks to Patty Puglisi in CTI’s HCEC (center), for forwarding this to us:

In addition to the winter moratorium, Massachusetts provides some additional protections from utility shutoffs for those who quality.

From the website

Winter Moratorium

From November 15 to March 15, Massachusetts law provides protection for residents who are struggling with their heating costs. The “winter moratorium” prevents gas and electric companies from shutting off your heating fuel because of your inability to pay for it. Also, they cannot shut off a service that you need to run your residential heating system.  Charges will continue to be applied during this period and the customer will still owe the utility company for the provided service, and consumers should still pay what they can afford during this time.  Contact your energy utility to negotiate a payment plan to cover these accrued heating charges.  The moratorium does not apply to debt accrued before November 15.

March Against Domestic Violence in the Bride’s March

Thanks to Sandy Almonte for sending this wonderful event along to us!

Join us at the Bride’s March and Vow to Denounce Domestic Violence!

Sponsors: Delamano, Inc.

YWCA of Greater Haverhill – Women’s Resource Center

YWCA of Greater Lawrence

City of Lawrence Mayor’s Health Task Force

When: 9 AM, Saturday, September 26, 2009. Rain or shine.

Where: Marchers will meet at 9 AM at the 114 Plaza in Lawrence

(corner of 114 and South Union)

For more info:, (978)975-3300

SSI & SSDI Application Training Availability

Many thanks to Elaine Miller at Community Action, Inc. for forwarding this invaluable training resource!

Helping Clients with their SSI/SSDI Disability Applications?

Are You Frustrated with the Red Tape?

Make your job easier – Work smarter!

The Disability Determination Services (DDS) is the agency that makes the medical decisions on SSI/SSDI disability claims. As that agency’s statewide HIV/Homeless Liaison, Clare Deucher conducts trainings throughout Massachusetts for Case Managers within HIV and Homeless organizations.

Trainings are scheduled to match your staff’s convenience. They are short, to-the-point presentations, in easy to understand terms that demystify the bureaucracy. You will learn the differences between the SSI and the SSDI programs, how the Social Security Administration and the Disability Determination Services differ in their roles, who to contact at DDS for best results, what forms will speed the process, and what evidence is required to complete a claim.

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