Housing Assistance Corporation Blog

Catherine Baker Joins HAC Staff

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Wed, Dec 05, 2018 @ 11:14 AM

 

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This week, HAC welcomed former Board Member Catherine Baker to its staff, helping to bolster the agency's development efforts to increase donor engagement. 

Baker, who lives in Cotuit, will serve as HAC's Assistant Director of Development, supporting the nonprofit in achieving its fundraising goals, "As a past board member, I'm thrilled to join the HAC team," she said. "I truly look forward to meeting our donors and engaging our community in the organization's multifaceted programs and services." 

She comes to HAC with a breadth of experience in the nonprofit sector of Cape Cod. Most recently, she was the Donor and Community Relations Manager at the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance. Prior to that, she worked at Cape Cod Academy, Cape Cod Young Professionals (CCYP), and the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod. 

"Catherine brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for the work we do to her position at HAC," said Chief Development Officer Anne Van Vleck. "Both will play a critical role in communicating the impact of our agency to current and prospective donors and supporters." 

At HAC's Annual Dinner in May, Baker joined its Board of Directors and in that capacity helped chair the agency's Big Fix in Harwich in September. In accepting her new position at HAC, Baker resigned from the board. 

A 2009 graduate of Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School, Baker received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Endicott College in Beverly, in 2013. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Community Leadership Institute (CLI) of Cape Cod as well as the Philanthropy Day Marketing Committee. In June, Baker was the recipient of a 40 Under 40 Award from Cape & Plymouth Business Magazine. 

Tags: Catherine Baker, development, Fundraising, HAC staff, Anne Van Vleck, Harwich Big Fix, Big Fix, Annual Dinner, 40 Under 40

Telethon Expands to Cape Cod Beer

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Mon, Nov 19, 2018 @ 05:34 PM

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HAC's annual telethon is always a festive event that sometimes includes a surprise visit from Santa Scott. 

Now in its 15th year, HAC’s annual holiday telethon is being reinvigorated with a new name and a satellite location to increase engagement with new audiences.

The Telethon for Hope will support all of the programs and services offered at HAC with a goal to give hope to the clients we serve on the Cape and Islands.

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On Thursday, December 13, the majority of the event will be broadcast live at the Cape Cod Community Media Center, with a Give-a-Thon & Viewing Party running concurrently at Cape Cod Beer. The goal of the Give-a-Thon & Viewing Party will be to reach people through social media and encourage others to share, comment, and most importantly to give.

Longtime telethon co-host Matt Pitta will interview special guests and attendees at Cape Cod Beer where fundraisers who meet specific fundraising goals will be recognized and rewarded for their efforts.

“We’re excited about incorporating a satellite location that will allow people to watch the telethon and engage in and contribute towards our mission to help those in need during the holiday season,” said HAC Chief Development Officer Anne Van Vleck.

Cape Cod Beer owner Beth Marcus agreed, saying that she was looking forward to “being a part of the reimagination of the telethon as a social event. It’s unlike anything that we’ve ever seen on Cape Cod before. It encourages the entire community to understand, participate, and share in HAC’s vision for stable housing on Cape Cod.”

As in previous years, the Cape Cod Community Media Center will serve as the primary backdrop for the telethon which will focus on HAC’s housing programs, including its four family shelters, homeless outreach efforts, Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program, annual Big Fix, and the agency’s new housing study and Rent 365 program.

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Throughout the night, the telethon will feature HAC clients talking about how our programs have helped them. Last year, Matt Pitta talked to Angel House facility director Lin Rohr (second from left) and mothers at the family shelter. 

“I like the telethon because it brings together a lot of prominent members of the community for a really good cause,” said Sarah Colvin, a producer for this year’s telethon.Special guests will include clients and community leaders as well as local school groups and musicians, including Kim Moberg and Chris Mack, as they all come together to embrace the spirit of the season by giving back to those most in need on Cape Cod and the Islands.

Visit www.telethonforhope.org to learn more about this year's Telethon for Hope and ways you can support the annual event. 

Tags: Telethon for Hope, telethon, Matt Pitta, Cape Cod Community Media Center, Cape Cod Beer, Give-A-Thon & Viewing Party, Anne Van Vleck, Sarah Colvin, Beth Marcus, holiday giving, Santa Claus

Oysters & Champagne Raises Funds for HAC's Programs

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Tue, Sep 11, 2018 @ 05:40 AM

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Dr. William Rhodes, a longtime HAC donor, enjoying some of the delicious oysters at the Wequassett Resort. 

On a picturesque Cape Cod summer evening, over 100 HAC supporters gathered at the Wequassett Resort in Harwich to celebrate the agency’s work and raise funds so it can continue to provide access to housing for those most in need in our region.

The brainchild of HAC’s Chief Development Officer Anne Van Vleck, Oysters & Champagne was a fun, casual affair in an inspiring setting. Over $50,000 was raised that will enable HAC to address the region’s housing issues.

“You all being here is literally a translation of our mission in action,” HAC CEO Alisa Galazzi told those in attendance. “Housing instability is a very serious problem in our region and tonight, all of us here together, we are actually doing something about it.”

On a picturesque Cape Cod summer evening, over 100 HAC supporters gathered at the Wequassett Resort in Harwich to celebrate the agency’s work and raise funds so it can continue to provide access to housing for those most in need in our region.

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HAC CEO Alisa Galazzi (from left) with John and Barbara Cotton of Mashpee and HAC Chief Development Officer Anne Van Vleck. 

The brainchild of HAC’s Chief Development Officer Anne Van Vleck, Oysters & Champagne was a fun, casual affair in an inspiring setting. Over $50,000 was raised that will enable HAC to address the region’s housing issues.

“You all being here is literally a translation of our mission in action,” HAC CEO Alisa Galazzi told those in attendance. “Housing instability is a very serious problem in our region and tonight, all of us here together, we are actually doing something about it.”

Dan Wolf, the vice chair of HAC’s Board of Directors, thanked guests for their generosity before calling on them to continue to support the nonprofit’s housing efforts. “Let’s keep the fight going because we have a long way to go, but we’re working on it and I think we’re doing a great job,” he said.

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Tags: Oysters & Champagne, wequassett resort, Harwich, Anne Van Vleck, Dan Wolf, HAC Board of Directors

HAC Welcomes New Director of Education and Engagement

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Fri, Jun 29, 2018 @ 05:51 PM

 

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In April, HAC welcomed Cheryl Codair to the agency, tapping her expertise to expand its financial literacy classes.

Codair was hired as HAC’s new director of education and engagement. She is responsible for managing the workshops offered through HAC’s Housing Consumer Education Center (HCEC) which includes Be a Successful Tenant; Community Resources; First-Time Homebuyer Education; HomeSafe Post Purchase Series; Housing Search; Money Matters; and Rebuilding Your Credit.

“I am delighted to be a part of HAC’s professional family,” said Codair, who lives in Orleans with her two daughters. “I wanted to work on a team with strong leadership and to serve our community in a meaningful way.”

She is particularly drawn to HAC’s housing-focused mission. “I do believe that living where you’re working builds a strong, vibrant community,” she said. “And it begins with affordable, year-round housing.”

Codair earned her bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of Vermont. She comes to HAC with extensive experience in a variety of fields including health care, real estate, software, and education. Most recently, she served as the program director for the Cape Cod Institute.

Anne Van Vleck, HAC’s Chief Development Officer, said Codair has a unique skillset that will serve her well in this position. “We weren’t sure we could find somebody who could do all aspects of the job, from fundraising to sponsorships to relationship building with educational partners to program design and curriculum development,” she said. “Cheryl brought all of those skills to the table. She has a background in all of those areas.”

Among her duties, Codair will be responsible for overseeing an effort to make HAC’s educational offerings more accessible by holding them in other sections of Cape Cod and the Islands. Traditionally, those classes have been held at HAC’s Hyannis office at 460 West Main Street and at its family shelters.

Codair expressed excitement with her new role, especially as it will give clients attending HAC workshops the tools and resources to achieve housing stability and move towards self-sufficiency. “The core education piece is important to be able to set up your financial goals. Maybe it is just to get a better apartment or maybe it is to achieve homeownership,” she said. “It is having that stable place that a family needs to experience that next level of joy.”

To register or to learn more about HAC's financial literacy classes, click this link. To contact Cheryl, email her at ccodair@haconcapecod.org or call her at 508-771-5400, ext. 267.

Tags: Cheryl Codair, HCEC, financial literacy, housing consumer education, education, first-time homebuyer, First-Time Homebuyer workshop, self-sufficiency, Anne Van Vleck, Homebuyer Education

Anne Van Vleck Joins HAC Team

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Thu, Aug 03, 2017 @ 03:57 PM

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At the end of last month, HAC welcomed Anne Van Vleck as its Chief Development Officer, a new position that will lead the agency’s major gifts and resource development efforts.

She comes to HAC after having spent almost seven years as the executive director of CCYP, formerly known as the Cape Cod Young Professionals. During her tenure, Van Vleck helped grow the CCYP’s membership from 350 members to over 1,200. She also instilled a culture focused on addressing the Cape’s workforce issues through mentoring, civic engagement programs, and community summits.

It is this type of leadership that HAC CEO Alisa Galazzi said Van Vleck will add to the agency. “I am confident she will bring the same level of professionalism and expertise in translating our mission to donors,” Galazzi said.

As chief development officer, Van Vleck will focus on major gifts while cultivating new relationships that can allow the agency to grow and expand its services. “I’m thrilled to join the HAC team,” said Van Vleck who lives in Chatham with her family.

While still learning about HAC, she said she has been impressed with the staff’s commitment and passion for the agency's mission. “Housing is a huge issue on the Cape and there is a full spectrum of needs that this agency has a critical role in addressing.”

Tags: CCYP, Anne Van Vleck, Fundraising, HAC donors, affordable housing, Affordable Housing on Cape Cod