Lowell Transitional Living Center

Masquerade, part 3, watercolor monotype by JoAnne HungateThe Lowell Transitional Living Center (LTLC) provides the most critical services to vulnerable adults in Lowell by offering a place for homeless adults to get food, shelter, stability and be treated with dignity. The LTLC provides emergency shelter for 90 adults with 45 additional beds in winter months and during inclement weather to ensure that everyone has a chance to sleep indoors. LTLC also has 12 one-bedroom units for individuals eligible for their Supportive Housing Program.

There are more than 350 meals served in the LTLC dining room every day of the year. Food is available to those staying at the center as well as to low-income neighbors who need a hot meal. Nobody is turned away.



Modern Cabins, watercolor by Mary Beth Maisel
“The revitalized interior environment for our guests with this new art is a gift. The LTLC was drab place that is now colorful and welcoming in a way that was always beyond our reach financially,” says Director, David McCloskey.



Jungle Flower, silkscreen by Maria Termini


“The Lowell Transitional Living Center is the largest homeless shelter north of Boston and serves the entire Merrimack Valley,” McCloskey tells us. 

Those who visit LTLC are homeless for a variety of reasons including job loss, illness, disability, or trauma. Staff at the LTLC also conducts extensive outreach, building trust with homeless people and encouraging them to visit the center. All who visit are offered case management to help them on the road to employment, sobriety, housing, access to health care, or whatever is needed to live independently.


 Walnut Street, photograph by Mark Peterson

Artwork was selected for the facility by LTLC board members, clients, and staff. “We were like kids in a candy store,” said McCloskey. “It was fun, collaborative and productive.” When they received their artwork, McCloskey reached out to Eastern Bank’s Central Street branch in Lowell. The collection was showcased in the bank’s lobby for two weeks before it was permanently installed at LTLC. During the bank exhibition, the bank hosted a networking luncheon for the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce and the LTLC hosted a reception, which staff from The Art Connection attended. See images from the event at the bank here. What a great way to gain attention for our artists and the work happening at LTLC!



Channel #22, Oil on primed paper by Nan Tull


Donated artwork now hangs in Lowell Transitional Living’s reception areas, dining area, conference room, and other public spaces such as hallways, exam rooms, and in both the men’s and women’s dormitories. See the artwork online on our blog.


Original works of art will help transform a newly renovated space into a much more welcoming atmosphere. Visit http://ltlc.org to learn more about Lowell Transitional Living Center.