800 CHILDREN RECEIVE TOYS FROM
ARLINGTON COMMUNITY TRABAJANDO
Lawrence, MA - Arlington Community Trabajando held its annual meeting and toys for happiness celebration on December 14th, 2013 at Central Catholic High School. 1,300 people attended the event thanks to our 80 volunteers who worked for many months to make the event such a success!
ACT is especially thankful to our 2013 toys for happiness sponsors; Toys for Tots, Central Catholic High School, La Mega, The Savings Bank, The Lawrence Training School, LMCC, Lawrence Youth Team, Polartec, ACT board of directors and many area small businesses for helping us deliver happiness, smiles and toys to more than 800 children from the Lawrence area.
ACT also presented the community champion award to Mr. Kendrys Vasquez, City Councilor for the Arlington Neighborhood. The Youth Leadership award was presented to Ms. Nataly Lora Quezada for her outstanding work as a youth leader. Both awardees were selected by the board of directors for their commitment to ACT’s work and the Arlington neighborhood.
Rafaela Pichardo, board president said “each year, this event grows bigger and bigger thanks to the generosity of the many businesses, volunteers and sponsors who support ACT’s mission to bring happiness and Christmas cheer to needy families in the Lawrence area.” She also thanked Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus who made a special appearance for pictures and family fun. Dance performances by Las Batuteras and Lorena Garcia’s Folklores Componentes Cultural Ballets.
Ana Luna, Executive Director, “thanks to our board members, James Jennings, Ana C. Silva, Ybelka Ortiz, Yvette Villa-Barry, Rafaela Pichardo, Derlin Gutierrez, Ynes Peña, Chris Comeau and Martha Soto, for working toward ACT’s mission to support 1500 people through our programs and services in 2013”.
Arlington Community Trabajando is a non-profit 501 c (3) community development corporation, founded in 1996 and dedicated to the revitalization of the Arlington neighborhood. Over the years, ACT has assisted over 3600 families through numerous efforts including homebuyer workshops, foreclosure prevention, financial literacy, business development and youth activities. ACT programs help families avoid foreclosure, educate first time homebuyers and prepare our youth with leadership skills for our future.
Ground-breaking ceremony for the home being built at 116-118 Park St., Lawrence. Affordable housing units by Arlington Community Trabajando and Charles Hope Companies of North Andover.
From left to right, Sen. Barry Finegold, D-Andover; Will Carpenter, Vice President of the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce, State Rep. Marcos Devers, D-Lawrence; Frank Moran, Lawrence City Council President, Ana Luna, Executive Director of Arlington Community Trabajando, April Lyskowsky of Youth build, Mayor William Lantigua, Alan Hope, Manager of the Charles Hope Companies, LLC and his wife, Debbie Hope of North Andover; Patrick Blanchette, Director of Economic Development for the City of Lawrence and Tim Lattrell, owner of Newell Farm Builders, Newbury.
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ARLINGTON COMMUNITY TRABAJANDO RECEIVES
HOMECORPS CRISIS RESPONSE INNOVATION GRANT
Lawrence, MA – Arlington Community Trabajando (ACT) announced that Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley awarded a Homecorps Crisis Response Innovation Grant. The grant program is the result of a nationwide settlement involving the nation’s five largest mortgage servicers and connection with predatory and unlawful foreclosures and servicing practices targeting low and moderate-income residents. The Crisis Response Innovation Grant is designed to assist Massachusetts’s homeowners and renters impacted by the foreclosure crisis and to mitigate the impact on their communities. The program also provides safeguards against future predatory lending practices like those that contributed to the real estate collapse in 2008.
In making the announcement, Ana Luna, ACT’s Executive Director, said, “this funding allows us to provide support to those at risk of foreclosure, arming them with action plans to become savvy homeowners and avoid foreclosure. Secondly, we will provide workshops and counseling to anyone looking to buy their first home. Finally, the grant will also assist ACT in rehabilitating 4 housing units in the neighborhood and funding will help us double the number of clients we serve with financial counseling, loan modification assistance and homebuyer education classes. Needless to say, this grant will be a very effective tool to serve our neighbors.”
Recently ACT announced a joint venture with Charles Home Companies, LLC to acquire and develop four units of affordable housing on two vacant lots along Park and Trenton Streets. ACT is managing an affordable housing lottery to identify qualified applicants for the units.
Arlington Community Trabajando (ACT is a community development corporation founded in 1996 in the aftermath of the Malden Mills fire and is dedicated to revitalizing the neighborhood. The neighborhood is an 11-block area in the north section of Lawrence and has the highest concentration of residents living in poverty in the city. It is the home to approximately 11,000 people with a Latinos estimated at 84% of the population. Over the years, ACT has assisted over 900 families.
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