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 HAC Wins Major Grant to Train Angel House Staff Working With Mothers and Children  Experiencing Complex Trauma and Loss

In the fall of 2012, The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation awarded Housing Assistance Corporation (HAC) with a $373,000 grant to fund a three-year pilot program to train Angel House staff in trauma-informed care, which focuses on children’s resiliency to heal from chronic early trauma.

Angel House is a HAC-operated family shelter in Hyannis for homeless women, who are recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, and their children. Angel House typically shelters 13 mothers and 20-26 children for approximately 12 months.

The Tower Foundation grant expanded services for the children through a Therapeutic Playspace facility, additional qualified staff, advanced therapeutic training for Angel House staff and the support of a leading practitioner in trauma-informed care. The grant’s goal was to improve the therapy, training and care given to Angel House’s children and mothers and provide effective services essential to their safety, progress and survival.

Angel House staff were trained in the ARC (Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency) framework from The Trauma Center/Justice Resource Institute, led by Dr. Margaret Blaustein, one of the country’s foremost experts in treating children exposed to complex trauma and their caregivers. Dr. Blaustein is the co-developer of the ARC framework for intervention with youth and families who have experienced multiple and/or prolonged traumatic stress. ARC provides a theoretical framework, core principles of intervention and a guiding structure for providers working with these children and their caregivers. The Tower Foundation grant called for a trauma-care leadership team to lead the comprehensive, three-year training program at Angel House.

Based in Getzville, N.Y., the Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation seeks to support community programming that will result in children, adolescents and young adults affected by substance abuse, learning disabilities, mental illness and intellectual disabilities achieving their full potential.

Founded in 1974, Housing Assistance Corporation offers a continuum of housing programs to help build a community on Cape Cod and the Islands where everyone has a safe, stable, decent place to live.

For more information about donating to Angel House, please contact Laura Reckford, Director of Community Relations and Fundraising for Housing Assistance Corporation at or 508-771-5400, ext. 273. 

Click here to see an interview about trauma-informed care at Angel House.


Angel House is partially funded by Cape and Islands United Way