Support a Veteran – Join us – April 19 @ the Polish American Veterans

All proceeds from this fundraiser will go toward direct assistance to Veterans served through Community Teamwork, Inc. For tickets contact Roland Cartier at 978-654-5613 or email



Prevent & End Homelessness – Join us Aboard the Mighty Merrimack Riverboat Extravaganza!

If you wish to purchase tickets, please call Kristin Ross-Sitcawich at 978-654-5617 or email


Brrrr..Baby, It’s Cold Outside! Day 1 – Cold Weather Survival – Ways You Can Assist Our Homeless Men and Women


Over the coming weeks, we’ll be posting 26 ways that you can provide assistance to men and women who our homeless in the City of Lowell. Ideas will range from providing support for those are homeless to what you can do to support an individual as they move into permanent housing.

Many don’t require any money to be spent, some do. These are items/resources that you may already have on hand and looking to purge or you have some dough and like to shop – these ideas will be right up your alley. You can undertake these projects yourself, as a family, friends, a business, interfaith community or organization.

No give is too small or too big. In then end, all  that matters is that you pulled your own community together to provide for those that are FAR less fortunate than most.

Day 1 – Cold Weather Survival

No Need to remind any our readers, today is cold. Crazy Cold. If one is homeless on a day like today, frostbite and hypothermia ( def: unusually low body temperature: dangerously low body temperature caused by prolonged exposure to cold and may be fatal) are serious medical concerns for our homeless men and women. Here is an interesting report from the National Coalition for the Homeless on the effects of harsh elements on homeless individuals. Continue reading

Beaver Brook Homeless Camp Revisited

The response and readership to my previous post “What Does Bone Cancer, $25 ID’s and Homeless Re-Housing Have in Common” has been terrific with more than 500 readers to just this post alone since the article was published at 3:30pm on Sunday 12/30/12.

Dear Reader, we are so grateful you took the time to read up on this challenge that exists within our very own community.

The individuals who reside at the Beaver Brook Campsite were grateful for the supplies (hand/foot warmers, toiletries, blankets, MRE’s, clothing and shoes). These same people were engaging and quite willing to tell their stories, to us, complete strangers. They also allowed us, or rather, Howl in Lowell-Digital Media Editor-Photographer-Extraordinaire, Tori Germann to take some photographs to document our mission. I say mission, because this is a mission. It is a mission to alleviate suffering and work with our neighbors to give them a lift-up, galvanizing our community to take ownership, no matter how small the part. And yes, while these men and women live in tents along the Merrimack River, they are indeed our neighbors. 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).

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Home for the Holidays – Rehousing 98 Families By Years End!


Home for the Holidays – Rehousing 98 Families by Years End

Here at Community Teamwork , we are in the process of a a massive project of re-housing 98 families from emergency family shelters and emergency motel shelters.

As you might assume, it takes a village…..we are seeking donations to help our homeless families set up a new household. This is a great neighborhood association, Girl/Boy Scout Troop, Interfaith project. Help a little and it helps ALOT!

This project is a partnership between Community Teamwork, Inc and The Wish Project of Lowell. The most ideal situation, particularly with furniture donations would be for donors to bring their items directly to The Wish Project 1A Foundry St. Lowell, MA. However, as noted below, we as an agency can arrange on a limited basis, pick up of furniture donations, a capacity that The Wish Project does not have.

We need YOUR Help!

Below are some of the items most in demand.
. Couches
. Love Seats
. Lamps
. Kitchen Table with chairs
. Dishes
. Silver Ware
. Pots and Pans
. Bureaus
. Shower Rods and
Shower Rings
. New Towels
. New Sheets
. New Blankets
. New Pillows
All donations are tax deductible.
Pick-ups may be available
Call Jessica at 978-654-5813
or email Jessica at


phone into Community Teamwork’s main phone at (978) 459-0551

Since You Are Coming to the Parade – Visit Community Teamwork’s Festival of Wreaths!


LOWELL, Mass. – With Thanksgiving only 3 weeks away, the annual City of Lights Parade and Holiday Celebration is in high gear and ready to kick off the season!  On Saturday, November 24TH at 4:30 p.m., the parade will once again begin on Jackson Street and end at City Hall with the traditional lighting of the City Hall, downtown Lowell, and the Wannalancit smoke stack Christmas tree.  This year’s parade Grand Marshall will be Mark S. Cochran, President and Chief Executive Officer of Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union

In addition to the parade, the event will include:  Magic Performances with Peter O’Malley at Lowell Five Bank on John Street at 12:30 p.m., 1:45 p.m. and 3 p.m.; Roving Holiday Carols with The Gentlemen Songsters; Gallery Shopping Tours on the COOL bus from noon-4 p.m.; the 4th Annual  Festival of Wreaths Design Contest and Holiday Arts & Crafts Sale at the Lowell Masonic Center from 2 – 7 p.m.;  and Lowell National Historical Park’s annual “All Aboard” Tour of Lowell on the Trolley Express, which departs from the Boott Cotton Mills Museum at 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. (reservations required, call 978-970-5000. Reservations will be accepted beginning November 13th). Continue reading