Housing Assistance Corporation Blog

Tiny Church with a Big Heart

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Fri, Aug 19, 2016 @ 03:13 PM
Cotuit_John_and_Allyson_NOAH.jpgJohn Murray (left) of Cotuit and Allyson Murphy of Marstons Mills were just a few of the volunteers from Cotuit Federated Church who donated their time to painting the rooms at our NOAH Shelter. 

We’re a little tiny church in Cotuit,” said Peter Rohner, at the end of June. Despite its diminutive nature, Rohner’s parish, the Cotuit Federated Church, has made a major difference in the lives of Cape Cod’s homeless men and women, proof that you can do a lot with a little.

Over the past year, its members have installed coat hooks above each of the beds at the shelter, hung new blinds on the windows (read that story here) and, most recently, painted the rooms on the men’s and women’s side of the facility.

“This is giving them a little brighter space so they can feel more comfortable,” said Karen Cozza of Mashpee, one of eight volunteers from the church to donate their time painting the women’s side of NOAH in June.

Amy Fish of Mashpee, used the opportunity to bond with her daughter, Sarah Lott, 16, a soon-to-be junior at Falmouth Academy. “It’s fun to do stuff that you know makes a big difference in someone’s life,” said Sarah, as to why she spent a sunny summer day volunteering at the NOAH Shelter.

In another room, Allyson Murphy of Marstons Mills, was joined by John Murray of Cotuit, in giving the walls and ceilings a fresh coat of paint. “This is a good way to pay it forward,” Allyson said.

The efforts being made by members of the Cotuit church are appreciated by Greg Bar, director of the shelter. “They are not only giving their time, they are giving money and giving sweat equity,” he said. “And they keep coming back, asking, ‘How can we help now? How can we help now?’ They are pretty amazing people.”

Cotuit_at_NOAH_1.jpgMembers of the Cotuit Federated Church who donated their time and talents to painting the NOAH Shelter included Peter Rohner (from left), John Murray, Barbara Erickson, Amy Fish, Sarah Lott, Beth Crouch, Karen Cozza and Allyson Murphy. 

Tags: NOAH Shelter, volunteerism, Cotuit Federated Church