Greater Lowell Community Foundation awards additional grant to support Detox Transportation for Lowell Community Health Center
Lowell, MA – The Greater Lowell Community Foundation has awarded an additional $1,000 grant to the Lowell Community Health Center to continue support of a transportation initiative to facilitate patients’ timely access to offsite detox treatment.
“This grant has allowed the Lowell Community Health Center to remove a key barrier, the lack of transportation, to the assist their patients in getting the help they desperately need. This critical intervention can change the trajectory of their lives for the better and improve the community in which we live. We are grateful to Rep. David Nangle’s office for bringing this need to the Foundation’s attention,” said Greater Lowell Community Foundation President and CEO Jay Linnehan.
“An essential component to effective substance abuse treatment is access to reliable transportation, and I applaud the Greater Lowell Community Foundation for their continued efforts in assisting local organizations by providing funding for those in need. Addiction affects families and communities in so many ways, and the GLCF is helping to make the difficult transition towards recovery more manageable,” remarked Representative David Nangle.
Since the beginning of the year, the initial grant of $1000 has facilitated a dozen patients to get to the detox treatment they need in a timely manner. Since 2016, the Greater Lowell Community Foundation has awarded more than $160,000 in discretionary funds to support local nonprofits battling the opioid crisis.
“Lack of transportation to treatment centers, particularly when a bed opens up far from Lowell, can be a major stumbling block to those wishing to get clean and sober, just when time is of the essence. The Foundation’s continued support will help address the growing need due to the opioid crisis,” noted Susan West Levine, CEO, Lowell Community Health Center.
The grant award is part of the GLCF President’s Discretionary Fund that enables Foundation leadership to respond quickly to community needs. This grant is one of the many grant programs offered through the Community Foundation.
For more information on the Greater Lowell Community Foundation, visit www.glcfoundation.org.