Our Mission, Vision, and Values
Guiding Principles for the 21st Century
Everything we do to create stability and opportunity in people’s lives is guided by the wisdom of our mission, vision and values.
- Mission – Our head
- Vision – Our eyes
- Values – Our heart
Our mission informs our thinking, planning and execution of all we do:
Community Teamwork is a catalyst for social change. We strengthen communities and reduce poverty by delivering vital services and collaborating with key stakeholders to create housing, education and economic opportunities.
Our vision captures the ultimate image of a fair, just, and beautiful life we can all share:
Our vision is a community of opportunity where fewer people live in poverty. A future where clients are aware of opportunities available and how to access them so they achieve their potential for economic independence and personal growth. Through teamwork, we want the community to be a committed and knowledgeable partner which results in fewer people living in poverty. Community Teamwork wants to exceed client, funder and employee expectations. We want clients, staff and community to be inspired to lead personal and community change.
We breathe life into our mission and vision by working hand in hand, every day, with our local, state and federal government; private foundations and citizens; and business, faith, human service, and education partners to advocate for policy change that leads to systems change and a better quality of life for all our citizens.
A great example partnerships creating change, is our shared efforts and advocacy on building better solutions to homelessness. This has led to a new model of service called Community Connection to Employment and Training. Our partnerships with the Paul and Phyllis Fireman Foundation, Eastern Bank, and dozens of workplace employers and education and training programs, has allowed us to leverage our resources with theirs to secure success for homeless families. Together, we have wrapped each family in secure housing, affordable child care and adult work and employment education and training. To date, we have helped 57 families, half of whom are now working or in work training programs. All of them are enrolled in our Financial Literacy Academy and managing life on a planned budget. Please click on Success Story link on this page for details of one family’s success.
Our values elevate the roles which respect and honesty play in our stewardship of service to people and community:
Recognize strengths and treat our clients and fellow employees with respect and honesty in all Community Teamwork dealings. Deliver high quality integrated services that result in positive outcomes for clients and respond to changing community needs. Collaborate with external organizations to improve outcomes for clients and strengthen the community. Recognize our role as stewards of public and private funding.
And uphold the values of Community Teamwork C.A.R.E.S.:
- Compassionate: Listen well and make sure people feel heard.
- Accountable: Promptly follow up on questions and concerns.
- Respectful: Introduce yourself and make a connection.
- Empathetic: Put yourself in your client’s place. We never judge.
- Services: Serve clients as you would wish to be served. They are the reason we are here.