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Lowell Transitional Living Center Inc

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Causes: Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters

Mission: The lowell transitional living center provides the most vulnerable adults in the community with food, shelter, stability and dignity. We provide programs and services that meet immediate needs for emergency shelter and food, along with case management and other help that enable those we serve to make the transition from a shelter bed to a permanent place to call home.

Programs: Shelter services - the center's building houses the 90-bed shelter and twelve (12) units of permanent housing. The grand opening was in january 2006. This facility allows the center to offer its clients a true continuum of care from the outreach component at the street level, through the emergency shelter and all of its supportive services to the housing units, all under one roof with the benefit of case managment and referrals to the appropriate services necessary to address the clients' individual needs.

case management - clients' needs are addressed through a case management team. The team consists of two full-time social workers. Individual service plans (isps) are developed on a one to one basis (client and case managers). These isps are client driven with the case manager acting as a guide making suggestions and referrals as needed. Weekly meetings are held between client and the case manager to assess the progress and address any difficulties along the way. This model has proven to be very successful in helping clients rebuild their lives by setting small attainable goals and then building on that foundation, as they grow more confident.

outreach services - the center's outreach team provides street level care for homeless living outside under bridges, in camps along the rivers and canals, in abandoned buildings or wherever else the individuals may seek refuge and shelter from the elements. This service is a critical first step in introducing clients to the shelter and the potential for creating connections to future referrals and service delivery. The center's comprehensive medical meets the diverse need of the homeless population. The center's staff nurse is responsible for delivering first aid, medications, and advising staff members about client care. The community outreach team also relies on the staff nurse to provide direct care for the homeless living outside under bridges, in homeless camps, and in abandoned buildings. A nurse practitioner also volunteers her time on a weekly basis.

adult education and job readiness skills - members of the staff assist clients in developing job readiness skills. Adult education classes are held monday through thursday on-site, allowing people to attain a g. E. D. Or assist with basic literacy skills. In addition, the center assists individuals with resume preparation and job readiness skills.

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Lowell Transitional Living Center sees the many faces of homelessness each and every day - providing shelter, care, food and clothing to 120 men and women on any given night. During the cold New England winter, our winter emergency bed program shelters an additional 30-40 individuals who come in from the cold. We have been housing the homeless for more than 25 years on a shoe string budget with the help and dedication of more than 300 volunteers.

Our doors are open to anyone who need a place to stay - people who are coping with substance use and mental health issues, people displaced by domestic violence, people who've lost a job and subsequently, lost their home, people who can no longer rely on finding a place to stay among family or friends, people who have become invisible, lost their way and need a hand.

Our work is difficult - but our staff are committed, non judgmental and extremely compassionate. We believe everyone deserves a place to call home - and we work to end homelessness one client at a time...one night at a time.