Building Communities

Changing Lives

June 2024

Dear Julia,

I am excited to share an important announcement from the Community Teamwork Board of Directors about the leadership of Community Teamwork. After a thorough and diligent process, we are thrilled to welcome Carl Howell as Community Teamwork's new CEO, effective November 1st. Carl brings a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to our mission. With an impressive background in social services and community development, he has demonstrated exceptional leadership, innovation, and a passion for community action.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank each of you for your unwavering support and dedication to our mission. Your contributions have been vital to our success, and I am confident under Carl's leadership, we will continue to make a significant impact in our community.

Please join me in congratulating Carl!

There is much more information below which we hope you will take the time to read. Please feel free to reach out to me or any of our staff if you would like to learn more about our many programs.

Thank you for your continued commitment and involvement.


Karen Frederick, CEO

Community Teamwork

Community Teamwork Appoints Carl Howell as New CEO

Community Teamwork has announced that Carl Howell will serve as the new Chief Executive Officer of Community Teamwork, effective November 1st, the date current CEO, Karen Frederick, retires. With an extensive background in community development and a passion for creating positive change, Carl brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this position.

Having served in leadership roles within Community Teamwork, most recently as Chief Program Officer, as well as various other non-profit organizations, Carl has demonstrated a commitment to empowering individuals and families to overcome barriers and achieve their full potential. His strategic vision and dedication to social justice align perfectly with the mission and values of our agency.

“As we embark on this new chapter, we are confident that under Carl’s guidance, Community Teamwork will continue to be a catalyst for meaningful change in our community. Together, we will work tirelessly to address the root causes of poverty, promote equity and inclusion, and build a brighter future for all,” said Sheila Och, Community Teamwork Board President.

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Lowell Farmers' Market is Back!

Opening Day for the Market was June 7th! We invite you back every Friday, 2-6pm, to enjoy fresh produce, handmade crafts, food trucks (Empanada Dada, Sweet Bar, Eggroll Cafe, Naturel Juicing), kid's games and more!

Ribbon Cutting L-R: Christine idika - Summer Intern from UMass Lowell, Connie Martin - Division Director Energy and Community Resources, Charles Smith - Director of the Entrepreneurship Center, Karen Frederick - CEO, Wayne Jenness - City Councilor District 4, Daniel Rourke - Mayor of Lowell, State Rep. Vanna Howard and Emily MaGovern - Program Coordinator for Lowell Farmers' Market

The Lowell Farmers' Market is seeking enthusiastic volunteers to join us in bringing back the charm of community and supporting local farmers. For more information, please contact our Farmers Market Coordinator Emily Magovern

Spring Celebration 2024

From left: Secretary of Housing and Livable Communities Ed Augustus; Community Teamwork Board Chair, Shelia Och; Fortaleza founder and honoree Vladimir Saldaña; Chief Program Officer Carl Howell; Co-Director of the Center for Asian American Studies and Associate Dean of undergraduate studies in the College of Fine Arts, and honoree Sue Kim; CEO Karen Frederick; Middlesex County Register of Deeds and honoree Richard Howe, Jr.; Chelmsford Town Manager and honoree Paul Cohen; Lowell City Manager and honoree Thomas A. Golden; and Lt. Gov. Kim Driscoll at CTI's Champions of Community Action Spring Celebration held at the Four Oaks Country Club in Dracut on May 23, 2024. (Courtesy Kevin Harkins Photography)

Thank you to the more than 300 people who joined us at our Champions of Community Action event to celebrate and honor local leaders who are truly making a difference, and to commemorate 60 Years of Community Action.

We are grateful for the service of this year's Honorees: Community development professional and Fortaleza founder Vladimir Saldaña; founding Co-Director of the Center for Asian American Studies and Associate Dean for undergraduate studies in the College of Fine Arts at UMass Lowell Sue Kim; Middlesex County Register of Deeds Richard Howe Jr.; Chelmsford Town Manager Paul Cohen; and Lowell City Manager Thomas A. Golden.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Community Teamwork's efforts to alleviate individual homelessness in our community ~ Especially towards the dedicated women's shelter that we are currently working on. For more information about the shelter, or if you would like to help out, please click HERE.

Don't forget - There's still time to win a beautiful diamond necklace!

In honor of our "Diamond" Anniversary, CTI is raffling a diamond necklace ($795 value - generously donated by Royal Jewelers) and the drawing will take place on August 20th - The official date of the 60th anniversary of Community Action. To enter the raffle, click HERE and scan the QR Code. If you have any questions, please contact Margot Regan at

Pictures: CTI Champions of Community Action Awards by Harkins Photography (

Video: CTI Champions of Community Action Video Recap by KFP Media

A Special Thank You to our Sponsors

Congratulations to the Commonwealth Heroines Class of 2024

~ Including CTI's Anna Jabar-Omoyeni

Each year the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (MCSW) partners with state legislators to identify women who make outstanding contributions to their organizations and in their communities. The MSCW is honored to announce the full slate of 2024 of awardees and their nominating legislators.


Elected officials are encouraged to submit one woman from their constituency as a means of recognizing their invaluable efforts and extraordinary acts of service, and who are making a big difference in their communities but not necessarily making the news. This year, the Class of 2024 Commonwealth Heroines comprises more than 125 women from across the state, leaders in industry, business, nonprofit, advocacy, and more.


Amongst the Heroines being honored is Community Teamwork’s Anna Jabar-Omoyeni, Culinary Arts and Mentorship Coordinator for the YouthBuild Culinary Program in Lowell. Anna was nominated by State Representative Vanna Howard.


RSVP for CH24 Here

Congratulations to the Commonwealth Heroines Class of 2024 - Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (

YouthBuild of Greater Lowell

Introducing the 2024 YouthBuild Construction Rookie Class!

The incoming YBL Construction Crew recently completed their site safety training. Students have been hard at work completing their OSHA 10-hour certifications as well as their NCCER Site Safety Orientation.

Site Safety orientation consists of a written exam as well as a physical evaluation. The physical exam includes using personal protective equipment (PPE). Students had to demonstrate their knowledge in front of their peers as well as a building full of on-lookers. Staff and senior students also watched from the upper windows as students faced their fears and scaled the building.

Student From Left to Right: Winton, Morris, Julian, Aleishka, Jonathan, Alyea, Tyler, Angel, Nathalia, Josh, Braxton, Franklin - With instructors: Chrissy Shanahan and Alex Perry




The Lowell Habitat Ground Breaking

Students: Philip, Samantha, Jonathan, Dennis, Josh, Brad - With: Habitat Construction Manager John Maslowski and Habitat Board President Elizabeth Garber

YouthBuild of Greater Lowell has a New Truck

Front: Siobhan Sheehan - YouthBuild Manager and Back: Christina Shanahan - YouthBuild Construction Supervisor

Find out more about YouthBuild of Greater Lowell

Fair Housing Program at CTI

Everyone is entitled to housing without discrimination. Discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, family status, disability, and source of income are all prohibited.

The Fair Housing Program at CTI offers free Fair Housing trainings (virtually or in-person). Fair Housing is housing without discrimination. Tenant and advocate trainings focus on rights, self-advocacy and enforcement. Trainings for housing providers (landlords & property management) focus on rights and best practices. Every Thursday, the Fair Housing Program also hosts an open house where questions can be answered virtually.

 To register for trainings visit:



Contact us at (978) 654-5637 or OR



TENANTS & HOMEBUYERS - Sign up HERE for our Newsletter/Resources

HOUSING PROVIDERS - Sign up HERE for our Newsletter/Resources



PSA 1 (English, Spanish, Portuguese and Khmer)

PSA 2 (English, Spanish, Portuguese and Khmer)

View FHP videos and outreach materials:

Guidance for Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Security Deposit program

Effective September 1, 2023 (unless otherwise instructed by the Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities (EOHLC), eligible households in the Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities’ EOHLC, formerly known as Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Housing Choice Voucher program and certain other voucher programs will be eligible for one-time security deposit assistance.

HCV Security Deposition Program Memo

Security Deposit Registration Form

Calling all Housing Provider Partners -

Do you have and apartment to rent?

Community Teamwork (CTI)’s Housing and Homeless Service Division is looking to immediately rent apartments in   

LowellTewksburyChelmsford and Dracut.


  • 1, 2 & 3 Bedroom apartments are needed immediately.
  • CTI is the “tenant” and we will place those in need referred  to us by the State. These participants will receive supportive services.
  • CTI pays security and the monthly rent, and is responsible for any damages caused by the participants.
  • Apartments MUST be de-leaded and have an occupancy permit.
  • 1-3 year lease options available.

If interested, please respond to - stating the address, # of bedrooms, rent requested, when it will be vacant, and length of desired lease.

You can also submit the form with the information about the  apartment(s) you have available by clicking the link below: 

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June Updates

For more information on the HMLP Program:


Contact: Cathi Tammany


Call: 978-654-5741


Please find our updated 2023 Community Needs Assessment, Annual Report, and Constituency Guide on our website at Annual Reports & Documents - Community Teamwork ( Hard copies are available upon request.

Thank You to our 2024 Newsletter Sponsors


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 Early Learning Division is Hiring Teachers, Assistant Teachers and more

Teachers, Assistant Teachers, Teacher Aides

Special Career, Excellent Benefits

Sign-On Bonus $3k* Full-Time (*Teachers, Assistant Teachers, Bus Drivers),

$1k Part-time


Top Pay and Benefits

Supportive Culture

Teach with Impact

CLICK HERE to see all career opportunities at Community Teamwork



Carl Howell picked to lead CTI From CPO to CEO of community action agency - The Sun 6/11/24

Community Teamwork Appoints Carl Howell as New CEO - Press Release 6/4/24

Commonwealth Heroine - Anna Omoyeni - 6/4/24

People power: CTI celebrates local champions - The Sun 5/26/24

Five community leaders feted at annual gala - The Sun 5/23/24

Student Stories lead 33rd UMass Lowell Commencement Ceremonies - The Sun 5/15/24

Community Teamwork Celebrates 60 Years of Community Action - The Sun 5/9/24

VITA Program Breaks all Records in Preparing Tax Returns - The Sun 4/16/24

Happy Returns: Business Students Put Tax Lessons to Good Use - UMass Manning Students

Volunteer to Help Low-Income Community Members File Tax - UMass Lowell Online 4/10/24

Sarah Seguin Promoted to WIC Program Director - 4/1/24

There are ALWAYS Ways to Help

If you find yourself in a position to help, your contribution will aid our efforts on every front as we work together to care for our clients and families in their hour of greatest need, and emerge stronger than ever. 

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