ghalm@commteam.org

(978)-654-5678

155 Merrimack Street

Lowell, MA 01852

Third Floor

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About us

Our mission is simple, but deep.

The African Community Center of Lowell will promote responsible citizenship by improving the quality of life and supporting the achievement of African immigrants, refugees, and other minorities and economically disadvantaged persons in Lowell through educational, social, and cultural initiatives. 

Core Values

Community Involvement

Advocacy

Educational Growth

Cultural Heritage

The History of the ACCL
Gordon Halm

Founder & Executive Director

The African Community Center of Lowell (ACCL) was founded in August 2016.  On October 29th the same year, there was a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate its founding.
 
From working at the then African Assistance Center of Lowell and the International Institute of New England (IINE Lowell), Founder and Executive Director Gordon Halm, an immigrant himself knows first-hand the significant hardships involved in trying to adapt in a different environment.  There is the language barrier and a general loss as where to go for basic services, ethnic foods as well as offer one’s services to the new community. 
 
ACCL has been a community effort.  Halm reached out to the African Community to shape the vision of the Center.  This vision became reality with the assistance of the Parker Foundation and the generous support from Community Teamwork Incorporated (CTI), who have partnered with ACCL to provide office and meeting space and to initially serve as the Center’s fiscal agent.  Professor Paula Rayman, a retired Professor of UMass, Lowell upon hearing about the opening of the African Community center remarked, "Gordon, you kept your eyes on the prize"
 
With continued support from the community, and individuals like you, ACCL hopes to fulfill its vision of helping new immigrants and refugees settle and be responsible citizens, successful leaders and role models for future generations. 
 
A vision like ours needs all hands on deck as our success depends on everyone’s support and participation.
Thank you.
 
Gordon Halm

Founder and Executive Director

Board Chair

Board Treasurer

Board Secretary

Senior Board Advisor

Senior Board Advisor

Board Member

Senior Board Advisor

George

Josepth

Board Member

Fundi

Bisoka

Board Member

Susanne

Curry

Board Member

Our Partners

ACCL EIN: 84-2740360

Tobie

Amani

Board Member

Board Members