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Lowell House ATR Awarded Unique Grant for Recovery Coaching Academy

Maria Lucci and Amanda Shaw of Lowell House display the news that everyone want to hear “We Got It”

Lowell MA - Lowell House Addiction Treatment and Recovery is one of 100 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 each through the Cummings Foundation's "100K for 100" program. The Lowell-based organization was chosen from a total of 574 applicants during a competitive review process.

Lowell House ATR is a 47-year-old cornerstone of the service provider community in Merrimack Valley, providing a variety of outpatient, day-treatment, case management, residential recovery, sober and transitional housing programs. Recovery coaching and the new Recovery Café are two major initiatives of the organization in recent years.

Maria Lucci, the Division Director for Ambulatory Care and Amanda Shaw, the Senior Director for Peer Recovery and Community Outreach, joined approximately 300 other guests at a reception at Trade Center 128 in Woburn to celebrate the $10 million infusion into Greater Boston's nonprofit sector. With the conclusion of this grant cycle, Cummings Foundation has now awarded more than $260 million to Greater Boston nonprofits alone.

Bill Garr, Lowell House CEO, said that "this amazing Cumming's grant moves us years closer to providing the supports that individuals with substance use disorder need to sustain long term recovery. The Cummings Foundation has given a major gift to the City of Lowell and the surrounding communities in Merrimack Valley."

The $100K for 100 program supports nonprofits that are based in and primarily serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties. Through this place-based initiative, Cummings Foundation aims to give back in the area where it owns commercial buildings, all of which are managed, at no cost to the Foundation, by its affiliate Cummings Properties. Founded in 1970 by Bill Cummings, the Woburn -based commercial real estate firm leases and manages 10 million square feet of space, the majority of which exclusively benefits the Foundation.

"By having such a local focus, we aim to make a meaningful positive difference in the communities where our colleagues and leasing clients live and work," said Joel Swets, Cummings Foundation's executive director. "We are most grateful for the nonprofit organizations that assist and empower our neighbors, and we are proud to support their efforts."

The new grant will allow Lowell House to hire a recovery coach trainer and supervisor who will form the foundation of a Recovery Coaching Academy and become a regional trainer for new Recovery Coaches. In addition to training many new recovery coaches, the grant will help to provide a new career opportunity for people in recovery with lived experience gain employment in the meaningful occupational role as a certified recovery coach.

This year's diverse group of grant recipients represents a wide variety of causes, including homelessness prevention, affordable housing, education, violence prevention, and food insecurity. Most of the grants will be paid over two to five years.

The complete list of 100 grant winners is available at

Lowell House, Inc. offers comprehensive and compassionate addiction related services that aim to strengthen our community by rebuilding lives.
--LHI Mission Statement (2014)

Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings. The Foundation directly operates its own charitable subsidiaries, including New Horizons retirement communities in Marlborough and Woburn. Its largest single commitment to date has been to Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Additional information is available at

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