Teamwork, Inc. is a private, non-profit Community Action Agency
established in 1965. Agencies like CTI were created when President
Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964
and officially declared a War on Poverty.
1965, CTI's mission was to help people help themselves out of
poverty by providing advocacy, job training, pre-school education,
nutrition programs and elderly volunteer activities. Later, services
such as early care and education, fuel assistance and weatherization
assistance were added, along with affordable housing and shelters
for the homeless.
CTI's mission is much the same as it was in 1965. As Greater Lowell's
Community Action Agency we are committed to mobilizing resources
for low-income people to become self-sufficient, alleviating the
effects of poverty, and assisting low-income people to participate
in the decisions that affect their lives.
Deputy Executive Director Bill Lipchitz, a 35-year veteran of
the agency, has written several articles on the history of CTI
some of which were published in the Lowell Sun. Click
Here to read his recent article.
the decades, CTI has developed many programs that improve the
lives of low-income people. Two of the most visible and most satisfying
are the development of the first two shelters for homeless families
in the area and the development of 60 units of elderly and handicapped
housing. CTI convened the first Greater Lowell Conference on Homelessness
in the mid 1970s (a leadership tradition that continues through
the SHIFT Coalition) and set about to respond to the need for
a shelter for homeless families. CTI obtained state money to establish
a shelter in the abandoned St. Peter’s Convent and ultimately
in a former Nursing home opposite the Franco-American School on
Pawtucket Street. The number of homeless families exceeded the
capacity of Pawtucket House (currently Milly’s Place), so
CTI established another one, Merrimack House, near by . Though
names and locations have changed, these two shelters have given
hundreds of homeless families a roof over their heads and hot
meals to eat and help to find affordable housing and the jobs
they need to pay for it.
In the late 1970’s, newly moved from Kearney Square to Dutton
Street, CTI successfully applied for a $3.2 million loan from
the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to build
60 units of elderly and handicapped housing on a site found by
sheer good luck in Methuen. Some of the original tenants still
live there while others have passed on. Hundreds have enjoyed
lives of dignity and independence thanks to CTI’s pluck
at finding this site and the resources to develop it.