Reduction to Unemployment Benefits on the Horizon

Here is a copy of the letter to be issued to those receiving Unemployment Benefits. These reductions will take place starting the week ending 5/4/2013.


Dear claimant:

You are receiving unemployment benefits as part of a federal program known as Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC).  In 2011, Congress passed a law known as the “sequester,” which calls for budget cuts to most federal programs. This new law took effect earlier this year.  Due to these federal budget cuts, the unemployment benefits that you are currently receiving will be reduced by 12.8% starting the week ending May 4, 2013. Massachusetts is required by federal law to implement this reduction. Continue reading

New Employment Opportunities at Community Teamwork

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Custodian Non-Exempt Part-Time
Lead Teacher Non-Exempt Full-Time
Assistant CSA Coordinator Non-Exempt Temporary
Information Systems Assistant Non-Exempt Full-Time
HR Generalist Exempt Full-Time Continue reading

Beaver Brook Homeless Camp Update – One by One They Are and Will be Housed…

Many of you have graciously taken the time to read our posts about the unsheltered homeless men and women in the City of Lowell.

Our first post on the Beaver Brook Homeless camp may be read here and “revisited” here.

We met some very special people as we started this journey and wanted to update you as to progress. YES, there is progress… Continue reading

Day 5 – Soup Does a Body Good – Food for Homeless Outreach Centers

While all homeless service providers are members of the Merrimack Valley Food Bank and do receive funds specific to food service, there is still a great need – largely due to the increase of homeless men and women in the City of Lowell. This increase has all homeless outreach centers that provide food service “in the red” in their food budgets.


Here’s how you can help, shop frugally, spend some time in fellowship with family and friends and warm a belly.

  1. Make a big pot of soup – here is a recipe for a 60 serving pot of chicken noodle soup – everyone knows that the soup does a body good.
  2. Make a big pot of Pasta (Red) Sauce – the ingredients are inexpensive, we always wind up making too much – so why not increase the amount, store or freeze what you know you will need for family meals and donate the rest. Here is a link to a 60 serving – hearty pasta sauce recipe Continue reading

Employment Opportunities ~ Community Teamwork, Inc

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Program Support Specialist Non-Exempt Full-Time
Construction Supervisor Exempt Full-Time
MVSBC Bookkeeper Exempt Temporary
Microenterprise Retention Specialist Exempt Full-Time
Assistant Site Coordinator Non-Exempt Part-Time
WIC Nutrition Assistant Non-Exempt Full-Time
Transportation Director Exempt Full-Time
WIC Assistant Director Exempt Full-Time Continue reading

Beaver Brook Camp Updates – ID’s, Employment & Re-Housing

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. Continue reading

Day 3 – $5 Gift Cards for Medication Co-Pays, Toiletries, Food & Coffee – Small Give = BIG Impact

gift cardHere is a small give that packs a Big Impact.

As mentioned in previous posts, no give is too small, even a $5 dollar gift card.

While $5 may not seem like a lot, here are some gift card ideas that have a terrific impact:

  1. CVS/Rite Aid/Walgreens for prescription co-pays/OTC medicine – chronic illness & mental issues are often intertwined within our homeless population. The ability to secure the appropriately prescribed medication to treat an illness is a great prevention tool for our homeless men and women. Once again, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Continue reading

Merrimack Valley Network Blog – Check In

Many thanks to all who have taken the time to follow and read up on the Merrimack Valley Regional Network Blog since its inception 3 years ago. We love the fact that you follow us and give us an audience!

If you are new to us or have seen our articles in the past, please take a moment to check back in on the Merrimack Valley Regional Network Blog. It is chock full of information from different initiatives throughout the Community Teamwork, partnering agencies across the Merrimack Valley region, the community, policy related items, housing workshop schedules, resource guides and tons of quick links that are invaluable for the great work you all do each day for those we serve.

As always, if you have an item that you would like distributed, please do forward to me at and I would be happy to post for you throughout the Network.

You can easily sign yourself up to follow the blog in the upper right hand corner and regulate the frequency of email notifications you receive (daily notifications to weekly digests).

Also, if you are a “twitter-er”, you can follow can follow the CTI/HCEC here


Lowell Career Center – Celebrating Our Heroes at Home – Job Fair

for the flier, click here


at the Career Center of Lowell
107 Merrimack Street, Lowell MA 01852
Go to for directions & parking information

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012, 10am-12pm
Registration is Required
To register, please call (978) 805-4741 or email with your NAME and MEMBER NUMBER

**National Grid**
National Grid is hiring veterans! Come hear about their energy program and jobs – get your questions answered.

**Veteran’s Benefits**
Learn About Veteran’s Benefits-home loans, education, tax breaks! Eric LeMarche, the City of Lowell Veterans Service Officer will present information on Veteran’s Benefits and how to access them.
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Community Teamwork Employment Opportunities

for more information, click here:

HomeBASE Case Manager             Non-Exempt Full-Time
Assistant Teacher             Non-Exempt Part-Time
Custodian      Non-Exempt Full and Part-Time    positions available
GED Instructor                Non-Exempt Full-Time Continue reading