A couple of weeks back, we had documented, here, our visit to the Beaver Brook Homeless Camps. Response from our readers was fantastic and we wanted to provide you with a brief update.
1. As you may recall, a lack of valid identification was a barrier for one individual. As it turns out, the license had been suspended due to an unpaid fine. We were able to determine what the fine was and allocate funds to have the license reinstated. The VERY NEXT DAY, this gentleman had a job.
2. The sick young woman has been able to access medical care through Lowell Community Health Center and will be followed with appropriate care going forward.
3. Both individuals described above will be moving into a new unit in a short amount of time.
4. Two more homeless individuals living at Beaver Brook, not previously written about, have stepped forward and requesting representative payee services (which Community Teamwork does provide) and assistance with re-housing.
Also, we wanted to take this opportunity to thank all who donated funds, goods and time (so far)to this cause. More specifically, we’d like to offer thanks to the McAnespie Family who has stepped forward with ten Homeless First Aid Kits; Comfort Home Care of Methuen, MA has really “socked” it to homelessness with their great donation of socks for our homeless men and womenl; Jack Baldwin, Caroline Gallagher, Tory Germann, Lynda Clark for their donation of clothing and other soft goods; and to Fran McDougall, Marianne Dumont, Kevin Roche, Kate Tyndall and Debra Grossman for their generous financial contributions.
This effort continues as we move toward re-housing un-sheltered individuals into housing units. Your support is appreciated, as we eliminate homelessness in the City of Lowell, one individual at a time.
Here’s what you can do…..
1. Donate $5, $10, $25, $26 (26 Acts of Kindness), $100 or any amount you see fit. Funds to re-house homeless individuals in the City of Lowell are scarce or rather – non-existent.
2. Donate goods for those who are living outside. Great items to consider – hats, gloves, mittens, long underwear, underwear, socks, winter boots, blankets, towels, toiletries, feminine products (for the ladies), First Aid Kits or $5 gift cards for food, coffee, personal care items and prescription co-pays.
3. If you are a landlord or know someone who is a landlord, let us know the availability of units so that we may collect the resources necessary to re-house this very vulnerable population.
Tax deductible donations may be made payable to “CTI-INDRH” and mailed to Community Teamwork, Inc. 17 Kirk St. Lowell, MA 01852. In kind (goods contributions) may be left at the CTI Resource Center at 17 Kirk St. Lowell.
100% of the funds and in kind donations generated will go directly to the men and women living outside and their subsequent re-housing efforts in the City of Lowell. Questions about what you can do? Call Kristin (978) 654-5617 or email firstname.lastname@example.org