Housing Assistance Corporation Blog

Angel House Clients Treated to Valentine's Day Meal

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 @ 11:47 AM
Angel House Valentines-3.jpgA few of the Angel House mothers with the Valentine's Day carnations that were given to them by four dedicated HAC volunteers. 

Love can be exhibited in a number of ways. On Valentine’s Day, four dedicated HAC volunteers did so by giving each mother at Angel House a vase filled with carnations and delivering them and their children a meal that included buffalo chicken pot pies, mashed potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower and cookies.

The dinner was the work of Wendy and Ron Winner of Centerville, Peter Brooks of Osterville and former HAC board member Jack Delaney. The group even took time to decorate the shelter for the occasion. Over the past three years, the four have organized similar meals to show their support for those at Angel House. The shelter serves mothers recovering from substance abuse and their children.

“I’ve been here for 10 months and every time they do this is overwhelming,” said Jocelyn.

Jackie, another mother staying at the shelter, expressed similar gratitude for the generosity of the HAC volunteers. “It is amazing,” she said. “They made us feel appreciated and it encourages us to do better.”

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Tags: Volunteer Cape Cod, Angel House, HAC Volunteers, Ron Winner, charitable giving, Valentine's Day

Annual Meeting Recognizes Those Making an Impact on Cape Cod

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Fri, Feb 03, 2017 @ 12:07 PM
Rick Retirement-3.jpgThis year's Annual Meeting will be a celebration of Outgoing CEO Rick Presbrey's legacy. Presbrey, who founded the agency in 1974, is retiring this year. Incoming CEO Alisa Galazzi, who started in January, is replacing him. 

HAC’s 43rd Annual Meeting & Volunteer Recognition in March will be a seminal one, representing a changing of the guard as we celebrate Outgoing CEO Rick Presbrey and welcome Incoming CEO Alisa Galazzi. Presbrey is retiring after 43 years with the agency; in 1974 he founded HAC to oversee the state’s rental voucher program on Cape Cod.

The meeting, which will be held on Thursday, March 23, from 5 to 7:30 pm at the Cape Codder Resort & Spa, will also recognize individuals and organizations that are working to make a positive impact in the community.

The event is also a way to thank the more than 750 volunteers who support HAC in its mission of ensuring all on Cape Cod have access to safe, secure housing. One of those volunteer groups, Emerald Physicians, will be the recipient of HAC’s Volunteer of the Year Award.

The medical group has served as phone fundraisers, filling more than a dozen seats for a half hour at HAC’s Shelter Cape Cod Telethon for the past eight years. “They have been so extraordinary every year,” said HAC Volunteer Coordinator Mary Everett-Patriquin, who noted that Emerald Physicians and HAC often serve the same clientele. “I feel so blessed we work together in helping those in need on Cape Cod.”

The Cape and Islands United Way has been chosen for HAC’s Human Services Partner Award. Since 2005, the nonprofit has provided HAC with more than $243,000 in funding that has gone to support the Angel House shelter in Hyannis, homelessness prevention for families and individuals and homeless efforts on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard. “Providing housing stability and affordable housing for our residents is a priority for our organization,” said Barbara Milligan, the CEO of the Cape and Islands United Way. “We’re honored to have been able to partner with and support the outstanding work that HAC has done for many years.”

The Business Partner Award is going to Cape Save of South Yarmouth, which has been insulating low-income single-family and multi-family homes for HAC’s Energy and Repair Department for more than a decade. “They definitely deserve it,” said Al DiMuzio, interim director of the energy department. “They have a mindset much like HAC.”

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The final honoree is longtime HAC board member and former board chair Edgar Mangiafico (pictured above) of Chatham, who is the recipient of this year’s Presbrey Public Service Award. 

HAC’s Annual Meeting & Volunteer Recognition
March 23 ~ 5 to 7:30 PM

Cape Codder Resort & Spa,
1225 Rte. 132 Hyannis

Tags: HAC Annual Meeting, Rick Presbrey, HAC Volunteers, Alisa Galazzi, Ed Mangiafico, Cape and Islands United Way, Cape Save, Emerald Physicians

HAC Welcomes Wolf and Wallace to Board

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Mon, Oct 24, 2016 @ 12:14 PM

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Two familiar faces – State Senator Dan Wolf and Tara Wallace - have made a return to HAC’s board of directors. The pair was appointed at HAC’s board meeting last month with Wolf filling a vacancy on the executive board and Wallace filling a seat on the constituency committee.

Wolf said he was eager to return to the board, especially because “the biggest economic issue we face on the Cape is the housing issue. HAC is probably the most important player in the quasi-private sector on the issue so I think we have the best opportunity to look at ways to address this issue regionally that allows people to have a lifestyle on the Cape we can be proud of.”

His appointment comes as he concludes his third and final term as a State Senator for the Cape and islands. The founder and CEO of Cape Air said he truly enjoyed his time in office which will officially end on January 4. “I love that government can really be a collaborative partner on addressing the issues,” he said.

With his role as a HAC board member, he will continue to work towards solving the issue of housing. “HAC has been committed to really addressing housing and home issues for over 40 years,” he said. It’s really an amazing organization and I look forward to being part of the team.”

Tara Wallace Photo.jpgTara Wallace of HAC's Constituency Committee

As a former client, Wallace knows just how the agency can help those in need. The agency had a role in getting Wallace her first apartment thanks to a Section 8 voucher and taught her crucial life skills through its Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program. “I wouldn’t be where I am without HAC,” she said. “They not only helped me with housing and a car, but they helped me be able to sustain myself and eventually become independent.”

Today, Wallace is working for the Department of Transitional Assistance in Hyannis, where she is a benefit, eligibility and case social worker. A former member of the constituency committee, she expressed similar excitement to serve once again. “I feel like it is a very important role,” she said of the committee. “It is a good tool for HAC to be able to understand where their clients are coming from and how certain rules or programs affect clients.”

Tags: HAC Executive Board, volunteerism, HAC Volunteers, affordable housing, Constituency Committee

Volunteers Needed for HAC's Big Fix

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Mon, Aug 15, 2016 @ 10:39 AM
BF_-1_DSC_1058_Medium-1.jpgHAC's Big Fix is a great opportunity to donate your time to help those in need. This year the Big Fix is coming to Brewster. 

What do you get when you bring together over 200 volunteers who donate a few hours of their time to help their neighbors in need? HAC’s Big Fix.

This year, the day of service is coming to Brewster on Saturday, September 17. HAC is currently looking for volunteers who are willing to make small home improvements – yard work, painting, light carpentry, trash removal – for seniors, veterans and disabled homeowners in that Cape community.

This is now the seventh year HAC has organized the Big Fix, first bringing it to Barnstable in 2010. Since then, it has been to Sandwich, Dennis, Mashpee, Yarmouth and, last year, Bourne.

“Brewster is very excited to host and be the recipient of the Big Fix,” said its assistant town administrator Jillian Douglass, noting that “it’s an opportunity for homeowners to have repairs made to their home they otherwise could not accomplish.”

HAC volunteer coordinator Mary Everett-Patriquin said the Big Fix would not be possible without a group of volunteers committed to donating their time and energy to tackling those home repairs. “Our seniors, veterans and homeowners with disabilities can be absolutely overwhelmed by deferred maintenance,” she said. “Shrubs grow over their first-floor windows. Mountains of items to go to recycling clog the basement or garage. When you turn 10 or 20 volunteers loose on those projects for a few hours, it’s like a miracle.”

Those wanting to volunteer for this year’s Big Fix can fill out an application by clicking this link. If you have any questions please contact HAC's volunteer coordinator Mary Everett-Patriquin at volunteer@haconcapecod.org or 508-771-5400, ext. 279. The deadline to submit a volunteer application is Thursday, September 1.

Tags: volunteerism, Big Fix, HAC Volunteers, Brewster Big Fix

Cotuit Church Gives Back to the NOAH SHelter

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Thu, Mar 17, 2016 @ 10:21 AM
Frank_Hallice_Bill_Johnson.jpgFrank Hallice (left) and Bill Johnson spent a few hours hanging new blinds at the NOAH Shelter in January. The blinds were paid for by the Cotuit Federated Church. 

Sometimes the smallest acts of charity can have the largest impact.

And so it is with the Cotuit Federated Church which has made minor upgrades to the NOAH Shelter in recent months that have helped improve the comfort of those staying there.

It started in November, when Bill Johnson of Mashpee was joined by several other church parishioners in putting up 60 coat hooks over all the beds at the shelter.

Johnson returned to the shelter in January when he was accompanied by Frank Hallice, also of Mashpee, as they installed 20 new blinds over the windows.

Greg Bar, NOAH director, expressed gratitude for the church’s willingness to assist the shelter and its guests in such a way. “It seems like this is a small kind of thing, but having blinds on the windows is a privacy issue and helps create a feeling of safety,” Bar said. “I think so highly of them for doing this.”

Both Johnson and Hallice deflected such praise, saying it was their way of giving back.

“I do it because I want to,” Hallice explained. “I don’t expect anything back. I guess it’s in my nature to help… Does it make you feel good? Yes. You’d be inhuman if you said it didn’t. It’s like shoveling an old lady’s walkway. You do it because you should.”

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Tags: homelessness, NOAH Shelter, volunteering, HAC Volunteers

Volunteers Needed for the Big Fix

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 @ 01:27 PM

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Though HAC organizes a number of events throughout the year the Big Fix in September is perhaps one of the most rewarding experiences for volunteers. “It is always a feel good event and at the end of the day people feel like they really made a difference in the life of a senior, a vet or a disabled person,” HAC volunteer coordinator Mary Everett-Patriquin said.

This year HAC will be celebrating the fifth anniversary of the Big Fix which started in Barnstable in 2010 when volunteers helped conduct minor home repairs for low-income homeowners in the mid-Cape community.

This year on Saturday, September 13 HAC will send a crew of volunteers to Yarmouth where it will do similar work in that town.

Everett-Patriquin welcomes volunteers of all skill levels, from novices to professional construction workers and tradespersons. There is also a need for experienced handymen to serve as supply pickers at local hardware stores. 

With as many as 12 homes being worked on during the day, she said, it is always useful to have someone at the store to pick up specific supplies that may be needed to complete a home repair.

Those interested in learning more about volunteering for the Big Fix can call Everett-Patriquin at 508-771-5400 ext. 279 or email her at volunteer@HAConCapeCod.org.

Tags: volunteers, HAC, Big Fix, HAC Volunteers

HAC’s Annual Meeting & Volunteer Recognition Award Recipients

Posted by Julie Wake on Wed, Mar 12, 2014 @ 11:00 AM

HAC Staff

This year HAC celebrates a milestone, 40 years of good work.  “The program will be more celebratory this year,” says HAC’s Director of Development and Communications Julie Wake.  “Expect the unexpected for an annual meeting!”  Matt Pitta from WXTK will host the event. 

Among those being honored will be Rev. Larry Brown of Cape Cod Academy, along with his student team from People to People International, who will be given the Presbrey Public Service Award in recognition of their service to those in need on Cape Cod. The Presbrey award is given to people in the community who most exemplify the qualities and values that motivate Rick. Recent recipients include Rabbi Elias Lieberman, Dr. Kathleen Schatzberg and Rev. Dr. John Terry.

This year’s recipient of the Business/Organization Partner Award is the Town of Mashpee, who went beyond the call of duty in pulling off the biggest Big Fix event as well as adding 10 units of affordable rentals with a new development, Great Cove.

Heroes in Transition will receive the Human Services Partner Award in recognition of their support of HAC’s Project Prevention for veterans.  Heroes also played a supporting role in the Big Fix Mashpee helping to improve several veterans’ homes.

The Volunteer of the Year award goes to the Bergeron Family for their years of hard work and dedication on homelessness issues.  Wayne, Janine, their daughter Rebecca and their son Michael have played a major role in HAC’s annual event, Shelter Cape Cod Telethon.

Dinner will be served and a cash bar will be available.  RSVP by March 24 by calling HAC or going online at www.HAConCapeCod.org.


This year’s annual meeting and volunteer recognition is sponsored by Shepley Wood Products, a Hyannis based company that received HAC’s Business Partner Award in 2012.
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Tony Shepley speaking at last year’s annual meeting.

Tags: HAC Annual Meeting, NOAH Shelter, HAC Volunteers, Shepley

Volunteer Mollie Reis: ‘A Force For Good’ At Carriage House

Posted by Laura Reckford on Sat, Aug 10, 2013 @ 10:00 AM

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By ALISON ALEWINE

When I think of Carriage House, I think of Mollie Reis. If she were not there from day one, it was soon after. She made sure that this shelter was a lovely welcoming home to all the women and children who passed through the doors.

She started out as an extra pair of hands doing whatever was needed but soon began to let us know what was needed and that she was going to meet those needs. A handicapped accessible bathroom was a need and we were (by Mollie’s standards) not responding fast enough, so she did it! That year at HAC’s Annual Meeting among the awards given was one to Mollie Reis: the Golden Toilet Award!--a small, gold replica of a toilet to acknowledge her achievement.

If you have been to Carriage House or seen a picture of it, you know it appears more like a Bed & Breakfast than a shelter. Mollie made sure for 20 plus years that the inside matched the veneer. She got decorators to donate time and materials to make each bedroom special for each guest. Paint, paper, rugs, pictures, comforters – each room could have been featured in Better Homes and Gardens.

Whenever things began to look less than fresh, Mollie did each one over again. Remodeling the kitchen was a favorite activity. Always done in hues of blue and purple (Mollie’s colors!) and the walls were filled with special touches to make the area look both homey and tasteful.

The fitness center at Carriage House is another of Mollie’s gifts. She realized that physical activity was a necessary component of life especially for stress relief. Who could be more in need of stress relief than single mothers of small children who were struggling and homeless. Her friends always knew about the needs and assisted Mollie in meeting them. Saying no to Mollie or her plan was not an option.

Mollie’s oversight and fundraising and gifts to Carriage House were each special but her persona was the teaching tool for clients and staff. No Pollyanna but more of a Mary Poppins, Mollie was a force for good to be reckoned with, and her HAC family will miss her.

Tags: Homeless on Cape Cod, HAC Volunteer Recognition, housing assistance corporation, Carriage House, HAC Volunteers, Molly Reis

Hundreds Celebrate HAC's Successes at Annual Meeting

Posted by Laura Reckford on Mon, Jun 03, 2013 @ 02:07 PM

 

The Rev. John Terry receives the Presbrey Public Service Award from Mark Forest, the 2011 award recipient.

Housing Assistance Corporation’s staff, volunteers, board members, donors, clients, friends and supporters—more than 250 people—filled a large banquet room at the Cape Codder Resort and Spa on April 25 to celebrate another year of supporting Cape Codders with their housing needs.

HAC’s annual meeting and volunteer recognition was a chance to applaud the dozens of dedicated volunteers who help the organization with everything from serving dinners at the NOAH shelter to cradling babies at Angel House.

The Reverend Dr. John Terry of the Federated Church of Hyannis received the 2013 Presbrey Public Service Award in recognition of his service to those in need on Cape Cod.

Two volunteers were singled out for their commitment to service. Scott Barron and Bob Zibbell, longtime drivers at the Village at Cataumet, were this year’s Volunteers of the Year recipients.

Barnstable Police Deputy Chief Craig Tamash was on hand to accept the Human Services Partner Award on behalf of his department’s officers for their sensitivity in dealing with the Cape’s homeless population.

The Cape Cod Media Center, which puts together the NOAH Telethon every December, received the Business Partner Award. Shepley Wood Products, HAC’s Business Partner Award winner in 2012, sponsored the event.

 

Tags: volunteers, housing assistance corporation, HAC Volunteers

Don’t Miss the Annual Meeting & Volunteer Recognition

Posted by Julie Wake on Tue, Apr 16, 2013 @ 07:00 AM
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There’s still time to register for Housing Assistance Corporation’s 38th annual meeting and volunteer recognition dinner, to be held 5-7 p.m. April 25 at the Cape Codder Resort and Spa, 1225 Route 132, Hyannis.

The Rev. John Terry of the Federated Church of Hyannis will be presented with the Presbrey Public Service Award in recognition of his service to those in need on Cape Cod.

Other honorees include the Cape Cod Community Media Center (the Business Partner Award) and the Barnstable Police Department (the Human Services Partner Award). Scott Barron and Bob Zibbell, longtime drivers at the Village at Cataumet, are this year’s Volunteers of the Year.

This year’s annual meeting and volunteer recognition is sponsored by Shepley Wood Products (shepleywood.com), a Hyannis-based company that received HAC’s Business Partner Award in 2012.

Dinner will be served and a cash bar will be available. RSVP by April 22 by visiting www.HAConCapeCod.org.

Tags: HAC Annual Meeting, HAC Volunteer Recognition, Volunteer Cape Cod, housing assistance corporation, Housing on Cape Cod, HAC Volunteers, Shepley