Building Communities, Changing Lives


A Family Flees Violence and Creates a New Life

Melissa, a U.S. Veteran and construction trade employee, has overcome domestic violence, homelessness and the temporary loss of her children. During one of her lowest points, she and her daughters were living in their car. View Program

A Safe Place to Heal and Move On

Common Ground was instrumental in renovating CTI’s Milly’s Place family shelter, providing a safe and supportive haven for numerous families including Jennifer and her three children. “My children and I were traumatized from domestic abuse. View Program
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Accessible Bathroom Installation in Billerica

Before After Robert is a 63-year old man with limited mobility due to Multiple Sclerosis. Robert and his wife came to CTI for assistance to install an accessible bathroom and relocate their laundry area. With View Program
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Accessible Bathroom Installation in Westford

Before After Alice is a wheelchair bound 11-year old with neurological and seizure disorders caused by a brain tumor. Alice’s family came to CTI for assistance to install an accessible bathroom and replace carpeting with View Program
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Aldonsa’s Story

CTI’s FSS program has many successful graduates come back and re-enroll to pursue goals in asset development. Aldonsa is just one of many graduates who returned for this purpose. After earning her Bachelor’s degree in View Program
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An Interview with Entrepreneur Rafaela Gonzales, Gloryscent Founder

How did you come up with your idea for Glory Scent? The idea for Gloryscent was conceived while I was working on finding solutions for my natural hair. For a long time I had been View Program
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Ana’s Story

Family Self Sufficiency Success Story The Family Self- Sufficiency Program (FSS) is designed to help families receiving rental assistance to become self-supporting. This is a voluntary program and is open to all families receiving a View Program
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Big Brother Sees Little Brother Off to College

Fifth grade became a life-changing time for Nate – that’s when he and Tim Holden formed a supportive and caring relationship through our Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Previously, Nate had lacked a male role View Program
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Black Sheep Craft Ice Cream

In the midst of uncertainty after the pandemic hit, Black Sheep Craft Ice Cream was born. Zac Turgeon, a local resident and entrepreneur from Dracut, Massachusetts found solace and inspiration in an unexpected Christmas gift View Program
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Building the Economy — Realizing a Dream

          Christina H. graduated from our Small Business Center's Entrepreneurial Boot Camp and Financial Tune Up Boot Camp in December 2012.  She has officially started her business providing cakes, fudge, popcorn and other delicious treats View Program
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Canto Auto School – Kate Stanley’s Triumph and Perseverance

In the vibrant heart of downtown Lowell, Massachusetts, stands Canto Auto School, a testament to resilience, transformation, and the spirit of its owner, Kate Stanley. Hailing from Kenya, Kate's journey with Canto Auto School began View Program
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CTI Weatherization and Fuel Assistance Programs Keeps Seniors Warm

Community Teamwork’s Weatherization and Fuel Assistance programs are helping thousands of area seniors heat their homes and keep the heat in through weatherization. Sisters Marie and Dora P know the challenge many seniors face living View Program