Housing Assistance Corporation Blog

Marstons Mills Second Grader Spreads Joy to Kids in Shelter

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Wed, Jun 21, 2017 @ 11:49 AM
Jacob Rosell Photo-1-1.jpgDawn Rosell with her son Jacob, who collected several boxes full of toys, books and stuffed animals for children in HAC's shelters. 

Inside Dawn Rosell’s car was a trunk full of Dr. Seuss books, puzzles, board games and stuffed animals. It was every child’s dream though her own son, Jacob, decided he would rather give them to someone in need rather than keep them for himself.

“I like helping other people,” was his explanation when he dropped off those donations to HAC in the middle of last month. Over the course of two weeks, the West Villages Elementary School second grader collected more than six boxes of books and toys and two bags of stuffed animals that will be given to children in HAC’s family shelters.

His mother said Jacob was motivated to organize the drive following a Fun Run at his school to raise funds for playground equipment. “He decided he wanted to do something here in our community,” she said. “It was very inspiring to me. It makes me feel so proud that he wanted to do something to help other kids and people in need.”

Tags: Family Shelter, fundraiser, charitable giving

Home Builders Association Goes Bowling for HAC

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Fri, Apr 14, 2017 @ 04:59 PM
DSC_1952 - Copy-1.jpgAmong the teams that returned for this year’s Bowling for Beds fundraiser was Shepley Wood Products. On the sleeves of their shirts were the words, “Vinny’s Team” in honor of  Daniel Vincent, a 15-year Shepley employee who passed away in a car crash at the end of January.

For the third straight year, local banks, builders, architects and building supply companies came together for a night of bowling to benefit HAC.

Organized by the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Cape Cod (HBRACC), the Bowling for Beds event was held at the beginning of last month at The Lanes Bowl and Bistro in Mashpee Commons, bringing together 20 teams vying for the right to be called the best. That honor went to Wood Lumber Company of Falmouth, which took home the top prize, besting Beacon Marine Construction of Mashpee, and Coastal Engineering Company of Orleans, which took home second and third, respectively.

Together, they helped raise more than $4,300 that went to support HAC’s housing programs on Cape Cod and the Islands. “Our mission is to support homeownership on Cape Cod and its trade members, through legislative, educational, business and civic endeavors,” said Christine Duren, executive officer of HBRACC. “And what better way to demonstrate our members’ commitment to making homeownership and safe, quality shelter accessible to all than supporting the good works of HAC.”

Tags: fundraiser, Philanthropy, Home Builders & Remoders Association of Cape Cod, HBRACC, Bowling for Beds, Christine Duren

Trivia Night in Dennis

Posted by HAC Staff on Fri, Oct 14, 2016 @ 11:34 AM

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Test your knowledge against other trivia buffs this Friday, October 21, from 6 to 9:30 pm at The Sea View in Dennis Port, all to support a great cause. The event will go to benefit FORWARD (Friends Or Relatives With Autism & Related Disabilities) which is partnering with HAC to build housing for adults with developmental disabilities on 4.9 acres of land in Dennis.

Tickets for Friday's Trivia Night are $50 per person and both individuals and teams are encouraged to sign up. Team prizes will be awarded for first place ($500), second place ($200) and third place ($100). Food is included as part of the event which will also feature a silent and live auction.

To purchase tickets online, click this link. You can also purchase tickets by making a check out to F.O.R.W.A.R.D., P.O. Box 1174, South Dennis, MA 02660. For more information, call 508-385-4664.

Tags: fundraiser, FORWARD at the Rock, trivia night

DYECH Approaches Major Milestone

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Mon, Sep 26, 2016 @ 05:10 PM

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Success does not happen overnight. And neither does change. But the Dennis Yarmouth Ecumenical Council for the Prevention of Homelessness (DYECH) has achieved both through a commitment to helping those most in need on Cape Cod.

The council, now in its 23rd year of existence, is closing in on a major milestone that directly impacts HAC clients: $1.5 million raised for the agency’s Project Prevention program, which provides short-term financial assistance for those at risk of homelessness.

A portion of the funds DYECH raises comes from relatively small, meaningful fundraisers like these upcoming ones:

  • Big Band Concert on Tuesday, September 27 at 7:30 pm at St. Pius X Life Center at 21 Barbara Street in Yarmouth. The concert is free and there will be a good-will offering.
  • The 99 Restaurant at 14 Berry Avenue, West Yarmouth, will be donating a portion of your check to DYECH on Thursday, October 13 from 11:30 am to 9 pm. You must present your server with this flier in order to participate in the fundraiser.

These are fun, simple ways you can help DYECH reach its fundraising milestone, all while ensuring your neighbors on Cape Cod can remain in their homes.

Tags: DYECH, Project Prevention, fundraiser

Quahogs for a Cause

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Thu, Sep 15, 2016 @ 11:49 AM
Quahog_Challenge_with_Doug_4.jpgSusan Buckley, head chef at Arnold's Lobster & Clam Bar, proudly holds this year's Quahog Challenge trophy, as she is joined by her coworkers, including Arnold's owner Nathan Nickerson (left).  

When chef Susan Buckley of Arnold’s Lobster & Clam Bar took home top honors for the second straight year in HAC’s 2nd Annual Cape Cod Quahog Challenge at Trader Ed’s in Hyannis, she was joined by her older brother David who lives in Wilmington, Vermont. Their mother wasn’t there, but the pair still made sure she took part in the celebration.

“It was so funny. The minute they called my name, he called my 91-year-old mother to tell her I won,” Buckley laughed. “They were all screaming. I come from a rather close family.”

Joining Buckley in the winner’s circle was HAC volunteer Ron Winner whose team, Shepley’s Stuffers, once again was the crowd favorite in the amateur category. There were a total of nine entrants in this year’s challenge, which seeks to find the best stuffed quahog on all of Cape Cod.

Arnold’s has won the first two years of the competition, bringing additional attention to the popular Eastham restaurant. “A guy came in and said he had to try one of them. So he sat and ate it and afterwards, he said, ‘Susie, I see why you won two years in a row. That’s the best stuffie I have ever had in my life,’” she said.

While she welcomes the exposure the quahog challenge brings to the restaurant, Buckley understands the real reward is the good the event does for the community. This year, the challenge raised nearly $20,000 to support HAC’s housing programs on Cape Cod. “The best part is that the proceeds go to help unfortunate people,” in the community, she said. “I feel good about that. It is the icing on the cake.”

Click this link to learn more about HAC's Quahog Challenge. 

Tags: fundraiser, Cape Cod Quahog Challenge, Quahog Challenge, Arnold's Lobster & Clam Bar

HAC's Inaugural Cape Cod Quahog Challenge a Success

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Thu, Aug 13, 2015 @ 10:21 AM
describe the imageNathan Nickerson (from left) and Susan Buckley of Arnold's Lobster & Clam Bar celebrate their win with Kenny Mansbach and Ron Winner of Shepley Wood Products who took home top honors in the amateur category. 

There is an adage that procrastination is the enemy of success, but that concept was flipped on its head when Arnold’s Lobster & Clam Bar came away with the top prize at HAC’s inaugural Cape Cod Quahog Challenge.

The popular Eastham clam shack was the last entrant, signing up less than a week before the challenge where they joined seven other area restaurants competing for bragging rights to determine who makes the best stuffed quahog on Cape Cod. Apparently, that was more than enough time for the restaurant’s chef Susan Buckley to prepare her entry – aptly named Susie’s Stuffies - which attendees voted as their favorite on the first Sunday in August.

“We have a great product, but so do the other restaurants here… It’s really not about whether you win or lose, although it doesn’t hurt to win,” said Arnold’s owner Nathan Nickerson before he talked about the underlying importance of the event. “It is wonderful the programs that HAC has that help people get into housing. They do a great job and it is a great organization.”

“It is always important to give back to the community,” added John Shea, owner of Trader Ed’s in Hyannis, which not only hosted the event, but competed in it.

The setting overlooking Hyannis Harbor on a sunny summer day was ideal for the public to sample stuffed quahogs made by some of the top chefs on Cape Cod. The event was made even more festive with live music provided by Four Guys Cape Cod and appearances by Santa Claus, Cape Cod Country’s lobster mascot, Doug the Quahog, and radio personality Ralphie Marino.

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Over $10,000 was raised from ticket sales, a silent auction, 50/50 raffle and sales of T-shirts that will go to support HAC’s housing programs on Cape Cod and the Islands.

HAC’s event coordinator Deanna Bussiere conceived of the idea with HAC’s director of communications and development Julie Wake and volunteer Ron Winner of Shepley Wood Products – he entered the competition with his coworker Kenny Mansbach, winning the amateur title – earlier this year after the three had seved a meal at the NOAH Shelter. “It was a wonderful way to celebrate a regional cuisine, highlight the great restaurants and chefs on Cape Cod and use it all as a means to give back to the community,” said Bussiere.

2015 QUAHOG CHALLENGE COMPETITORS

Arnold's Lobster & Clam Bar (Eastham)

The Improper Bostonian (Dennis Port)

Lost Dog Pub (Dennis)

O'Shea's Olde Inn (West Dennis)

Pilot House Restaurant (Sandwich)

Red Face Jack's Pub & Sports Bar (Yarmouth)

Shepley's Stuffers (Hyannis)

Spanky's Clam Shack (Hyannis)

Trader Ed's (Hyannis)

PROFESSIONAL CHAMPION: Arnold's 

AMATEUR CHAMPION: Shepley's Stuffers

                          SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS!

Cape Cod Broadcasting Media

Cape Save Weatherization

Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank Charitable Foundation Trust

Hyannis Toyota and KIA of Cape Cod

Narragansett Beer

Neighborhood Health Plan

Polar Cave Ice Cream

Shepley Wood Products

Tags: fundraiser, Cape Cod Quahog Challenge, Shepley Wood Products, Quahog Challenge, Ron Winner

Dennis Fifth Grader Raises Funds for NOAH Shelter

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 @ 10:38 AM
DSC 6915 resized 600Glen Baker collected donations at the Stop & Shop in South Yarmouth.

In many ways Glen Baker is your average fifth grader. He plays football and baseball and enjoys hanging out with his friends at the Nathaniel H. Wixon Innovation School in South Dennis.

It is there, while attending a school assembly focused on the issue of homelessness in November, Glen was inspired to do something unusual for an 11-year-old. He wanted to make a positive difference in his community.

So in the three days leading up to Thanksgiving, Glen set up a table and some bins inside the Stop & Shop in South Yarmouth, and spent a few hours after school collecting donations – money, food and clothes – for Cape Cod’s homeless men and women.

As he manned the table the first night, Baker said he was taken aback at the assembly when he learned that, “some of my friends were homeless at a point in their lives.”

Feeling sympathy for them was not enough. Baker wanted to help them, and others in similar situations, by organizing a drive with all donations going to the NOAH Shelter in Hyannis.

With his mother, Darlene Baker, and older brother, Drew Cochran, 17, by his side, Glen smiled as one store employee commended him for his efforts. “This is awesome,” she said. “I’m so proud of you.”

“Here’s a few dollars. You might want to stuff it in there,” one customer said, handing Glen a donation to put in a small, clear plastic container.

Another customer, having just won $100 on a scratch ticket, paid it forward by giving some of her winnings to Glen’s drive for the homeless. “This is my lucky day so it’s your lucky day,” she said.

As his donations began to slowly pile up, Drew marveled at the small act of kindness his brother was displaying. “It is pretty neat,” Drew said. “It caught me off guard when he said he was going to help out the homeless. He is only 11 years old. You wouldn’t think an 11-year-old would do this.”

DSC 6925 resized 600Glen Baker with Greg Bar of the NOAH Shelter

In total, Glen was able to collect over $1,000 worth of donations that included coats, gloves, toiletries, food and $583 that will go to help those staying at the NOAH Shelter.

A little less than a week after he finished his drive, Glen had a chance to meet those he was helping when he stopped by the shelter to drop off the donations. “This is Glen,” said shelter director Greg Bar as he introduced him to the roughly 20 clients sitting in the NOAH Shelter common room. “This 11-year-old kid had an idea that, ‘Hey, I can do something to help people.’ So he set up a table at Stop & Shop and people dropped off food, coats and gloves for people who are in need. Isn’t that cool?”

Tags: Homeless, fundraiser, NOAH Shelter, Greg Bar, Glen Baker

Dodgeball Tournament Raises Funds for NOAH

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Thu, Jun 05, 2014 @ 03:17 PM
Dodgeball Winning Team resized 600The team that won Pope John Paul II High School's annual dodgeball tournament this year: Coleman Fenton (from left, holding the ball), Michael Young, Graham Shopshire (holding the trophy), Blake Waters, Kevin Marsh and Matt Soucie with honor society advisor Joe Gaudet.

What was the best part of Pope John Paul II High School’s dodgeball tournament in March?

“Winning,” said 17-year-old high school junior Coleman Fenton.

Fenton’s upperclassmen-led team – dubbed Jobe Apostles – got off to a rocky start in the annual event, losing to a freshman squad in its initial game before running the table and going 6-1 to earn the right to be called dodgeball champions.

Though teammates listed red-headed senior Michael Young, 18, as its best player, he shrugged off such notions. “I’m a team player,” Young said. “We all contributed.”

Those contributions went far and above simply throwing red rubber balls at their opponents and dodging those that came their way. Over the past four years students at the high school have used the playground sport as a way to give back to the community.

Both last year and this year students have raised funds for the NOAH Shelter in Hyannis, giving back to those who need help the most – the homeless. This year they were able to raise $570 for NOAH, presenting a check to HAC last month.

The tournament is organized by the school’s National Honor Society. The group’s advisor Joe Gaudet said, “it actually gets exciting. Every year it gets better. We had 11 teams competing this year… It does get competitive and the kids really get into it. Some teams even dress up in costumes.”

This year those outfits ranged from tropical summer shirts to an all-black clad team that called themselves The Ninjas. The students’ creativity only shows that you can have fun supporting a cause that is no laughing matter. And in the end everyone is a winner.

Donate to the NOAH Shelter

Tags: Homeless, fundraiser, dodgeball tournament, NOAH, Pope John Paul II High School