Merrimack Valley Regional Network Meeting Minutes 3/18/13

Merrimack Valley Regional Network to End Homelessness

March 18, 2013 – Meeting Minutes

Community Action Inc 75 Elm St Haverhill, MA

In attendance: Kristin Ross-Sitcawich (CTI), Sue Fink (City of Lawrence), Patty Bergin (CHC), Bob Gould (CAI), Melissa Glassman (Eliot CHS), Ken Link (Bedford VA), Richard Rankin (Data Remedies) Continue reading


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


VASH Voucher Information Session ~ April 3, 2013


Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH)

To apply for the VA Bedford HUD-VASH program, Veteran’s must attend one of our informational sessions Continue reading

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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Union Carpenter’s Apprenticeship Program

Union Carpenter’s Apprenticeship Program

Benefits of Apprenticeship:
• Paid “scholarship” with supervised training
• Progressively increasing wage with excellent benefits
• Nationally recognized credential: Apprenticeship Certificate
• Improved job security and standard of living
• Opportunity for college credit
• Pride and Dignity
Anyone age 17 or older, who is a High School graduate or has a GED. High
school seniors may apply with a letter from their school stating that they are
eligible to graduate within three months. Women, minorities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Continue reading

Veterans Opportunity to Work Act – Beneficial to Veterans AND Employers

As our Armed Forces return from their tours of duty, they are often met with severe economic challenges as they transition back into civilian life.

According to research, there are alarming rates of unemployment amongst our Veterans:

  • Vietnam Era Veterans: 236,000
  • Cold War Era Veterans: 258,000
  • Persian Gulf War Era Veterans: 182,000
  • Iraq and Afghanistan Era Veterans: 192,000

While there are a great deal of benefits for the Veterans themselves, there are tax incentives available to small businesses for hiring Veterans. The Veterans Opportunity to Work Act was introduced in 2011 and includes the following components and helpful links for Veterans and employers: Continue reading