About Community InRoads

Our history

Community InRoads' mission was inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King’s sermon stressing that "a true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth" in our country. It was founded by the Rev. Lee Bluemel and the North Andover North Parish Unitarian Universalist Church's social justice committee, in order to help address profound social inequities in Greater Lawrence.

In the fall of 2006 the organization expanded from a church-based program modeled after Jericho Road Project in Concord, Massachusetts to a separate tax exempt not-for-profit incorporated under the name "Jericho Road Lawrence." Since then, our programs and services expanded from volunteer professional matchmaking to include educational and leadership programs, and a Grant Resource Center in partnership with Northern Essex Community College.

After ten years, in order to more intentionally address social justice issues in our local community, we ended our affiliation with the Concord-based Jericho Road Project and changed our name to "Community InRoads." With this change, we also opened our doors to Haverhill, Massachusetts.

The need

Lawrence is one of the poorest cities in Massachusetts – in contrast to the abutting communities which enjoy a median household income well above the state average. It is this profound disparity that drives Community InRoads' mission to enhance the organizational capacity and economic sustainability of nonprofits serving our ultimate constituents - the men, women and children of Lawrence and Haverhill, Massachusetts, who often struggle under unfavorable social conditions and who possess tremendous potential to be invaluable, contributing members of the community.

Recognitions/Awards

Our work within the community has been widely recognized by local media, as well as our nonprofit clients and partners.

  • Recognized by Lawyers Clearinghouse at their annual meeting in Boston for providing outstanding pro bono services to the Lawrence nonprofit community
  • 3 Community Partner Awards
  • 3 Volunteer of the Year Awards
  • Woman of the Year Award presented to our Executive Director for our work within Lawrence
  • Quota International of Lawrence's Nina Scarito Leadership Award presented to our Executive Director on behalf of our work in the Lawrence community