Housing Assistance Corporation Blog

Shelter Telethon Embodies the Holiday Spirit

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Thu, Nov 02, 2017 @ 01:38 PM

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There’s a moment every year when Cape Cod Broadcasting’s Matt Pitta truly gets into the spirit of the holiday season. It always happens at the same event – HAC’s annual Shelter Cape Cod Telethon – which Pitta co-hosts with WCAI’s Mindy Todd.

“The vibe and the atmosphere in the studio all night is kind of electrifying,” he said. “That’s when I get into the holiday spirit – when I see people giving back to the community. That is the true spirit of the holidays right there.”

This year’s telethon, now in its 14th year, will take place on Thursday, December 14, from 5-9 pm. The show is broadcast live from Cape Cod Community Media Center and airs on local cable access channels throughout the Cape.

The telethon will feature HAC staff, elected officials, and community leaders working to help those most in need on Cape Cod and the Islands, placing a spotlight on the region’s housing and homelessness issues.

Funds raised from the telethon go to support HAC’s programs, including homeless outreach as well as its four family shelters – Angel House in Hyannis, the Village at Cataumet in Bourne, Carriage House in North Falmouth, and Scattered Sites in Hyannis.

“I do think every year that it gives a special meaning to Christmas,” said HAC volunteer Wayne Bergeron of Dennis who assists with the event.

Pitta said the telethon serves as an opportunity for people “to make a difference in the community. And that’s really what the holidays are all about.”

Support the Telethon

Sponsor the Telethon, an event that epitomizes the true meaning of the holiday season! Contact HAC Event Coordinator Deanna Bussiere at dbussiere@haconcapecod.org or 508-771-5400, ext. 270.

HAC relies on volunteer phone fundraisers at the Telethon to raise funds to ensure we can continue to support the region’s most vulnerable residents. You can register by clicking this link. If you have questions, please contact HAC Volunteer Coordinator Mary Everett-Patriquin at volunteer@haconcapecod.org or 508-771-5400, ext. 279 to sign up.

You can also donate to the Telethon by clicking this link

Tags: Shelter Cape Cod Telethon, NOAH Telethon, Mindy Todd, Fundraising, Matt Pitta, Christmas, Wayne Bergeron, holiday giving

Shelter Cape Cod Telethon A Rousing Success

Posted by Laura Reckford on Thu, Jan 23, 2014 @ 01:45 AM

sheltercctelethon16 webThe excitement of a community coming together to help their own was in full evidence at the Shelter Cape Cod Telethon, which took place last month on December 11. It was a festive affair as people from throughout the Cape gathered at Cape Cod Community Media Center in Dennisport for the five-hour television show. It was aired on local cable access channels  throughout the Cape.

 

Housing Assistance Corporation set an ambitious fundraising goal for this year’s telethon of $100,000, which is in sight as more donations continue to come in. The telethon featured video and live performances, special guests and, new this year, students reading essays on the topic of homelessness.

 

This was a banner year for the event on several counts. For the past nine years, the telethon was called the NOAH Telethon and funds raised went only to the NOAH Shelter in Hyannis. But this year the event had a new name and a new mission. It was called the Shelter Cape Cod Telethon and instead of just benefiting the NOAH Shelter, it also benefited HAC’s three family shelters: the Village at Cataumet in Bourne, Angel House in Hyannis and Carriage House in North Falmouth.

 

Among the special guests at this year’s telethon was NOAH Shelter manager Greg Bar, who spoke eloquently to the telethon’s host, Mindy Todd, about what homelessness is like from the front lines. Before the telethon, he interviewed some of the clients from NOAH Shelter as well as staff about the issue of homelessness and read those comments on the air.

 

One of the NOAH clients said, "I’m grateful this place is here. I can’t say the word grateful enough." Another said, "I feel well-supported because I asked for help and I’ve been given it."  Mr. Bar said of the clients at NOAH, "It’s hardest to ask for help when you hurt the worst. That’s where these people are at. Just by virtue of walking into the place, they are asking for help. That’s a tough thing."

Besides Mr. Bar, other HAC staffers who went on air to talk about the plight of the homeless on Cape Cod were Cindi Maule, Director of HAC’s family services, Paula Mallard and Yvonne Rivers from the Village at Cataumet, and Amy Brigham from Angel House.

 

The list of musical performers who recorded videos for the event was extensive. Local DJ Suzanne Tonaire served as the mistress of ceremonies in introducing the musical performers, which included the choirs from St. Pius X School and North Falmouth Elementary School, as well as the Falmouth Chorale.

 

In addition, Rabbi Elias Lieberman of the Falmouth Jewish Congregation performed live the song, "I Am Home."

 

During the broadcast, a number of people offered their perspective on the problem of homelessness on Cape Cod. Among them were Dr. Nate Rudman, an emergency room doctor at Cape Cod Hospital and HAC board member, who talked about health issues experienced by the chronically homeless. Cyndy Jones, founder of Heroes in Transition, talked about her agency’s desire to help veterans with various needs.

 

Perhaps the highlight of the show was 12 fourth and fifth grade students from Nathaniel H. Wixon Innovative School in South Dennis who read essays on the topic of "What Homelessness Means To Me." At least two of the students had personal experiences with their own family being homeless.

 

The event was hosted by Mindy Todd, host of The Point on WCAI, with assistance from co-hosts Sean Corcoran, also of WCAI; Paul  Pronovost, editor of The Cape Cod Times; Matt Pitta of WXTK; and Rick Presbrey, President and CEO of Housing Assistance Corporation.

 

Several local politicians taped messages of support for the telethon and two politicians, State Representative Brian Mannal of Hyannis and County Commissioner Sheila Lyons of Wellfleet, made appearances in person to throw their support behind the cause of helping homeless Cape Codders.

Tags: NOAH Telethon, housing assistance corporation, NOAH Shelter, Village at Cataumet, Carriage House, Angel House, NOAH

Telethon Highlights Stories About Homelessness

Posted by Laura Reckford on Tue, Dec 10, 2013 @ 06:30 PM

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Talking about the weeks and months she was homeless was so painful for one former Project Prevention client, she found it difficult to tell the story.

Her story will be just one of many that will be a part of the Shelter Cape Cod Telethon on Wednesday, December 11.

The telethon is the biggest fundraiser of the year for Housing Assistance Corporation. This year, the telethon is benefiting all four of HAC's shelters: NOAH Shelter, Angel House in Hyannis, Carriage House in North Falmouth, and the Village at Cataumet in Bourne.

Besides stories from shelter clients, there will be interviews with shelter staff and music from local school choirs throughout the Cape.

School choirs that have recorded performances for the telethon include Sandwich Soul Show Choir; North Falmouth Elementary School Choir; Cape Cod Academy Lower School Choir in Osterville; St. Pius X Elementary School Choir in South Yarmouth; Nauset Regional High School Honors Chorus; and Nauset Regional High School Treble Chorus.

Other musical groups and singers whose performances will air during the telethon are Falmouth Chorale, Falmouth, Sarah Swain, Katherine King, Molly Parmenter, Heather Cox, Allison Reed, David Kuehn, and Allen McGarry.

A video of Cape Cod Conservatory Ballet Ensemble will be shown.

And Rabbi Elias Lieberman of Falmouth Jewish Congregation will perform live.

The telethon is hosted by Minday Todd of WCAI with co-hosts Rick Presbrey, HAC President/CEO; Paul Pronovost, Cape Cod Times editor-in-chief; Matt Pitta of WXTK; and Sean Corcoran of WCAI.

The show airs live on December 11 from 4 to 9 p.m. on the Cape's local cable access channels and is also streamed live on the web at www.CapeMedia .org. Tune in and give to help homeless families on Cape Cod get back on their feet.

To donate to the telethon, go to sheltercapecodtelethon.org.

Tags: Homeless on Cape Cod, Homeless, NOAH Telethon, housing assistance corporation, NOAH Shelter, Village at Cataumet, Carriage House, Angel House, NOAH

Mark Your Calendar: Shelter Cape Cod Telethon on December 11

Posted by Laura Reckford on Fri, Nov 22, 2013 @ 06:17 PM

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The biggest fundraiser of the year for Housing Assistance Corporation is the Shelter Cape Cod Telethon. This year, the telethon is benefiting all four of HAC’s shelters: NOAH Shelter, Angel House in Hyannis, Carriage House in North Falmouth, and the Village at
Cataumet in Bourne.

The show airs live on Wednesday, December 11 from 4 to 9 p.m. on the Cape’s local cable access channels and is also streamed live on the web at www.capemedia.org.

Once again, the master of ceremonies this year will be Mindy Todd, the host of The Point on WCAI. On air guests will include Paul Pronovost, editor of the Cape Cod Times, Matt Pitta, news director at WXTK and Sean Corcoran of WCAI. There will be videos of a variety of local musical entertainers, from Cape singer/songwriter Sarah Swain to the children’s choir at St. Pius X School in South Yarmouth.

There is still a need for people who want to be “fundraisers” on the air, manning the phone bank of 16 red phones. Join local politicians, celebrities and neighbors to sit on the phone bank and telephone friends and family to ask them to donate for this important cause. To volunteer at the telethon, which takes place at Cape Cod Community Media Center in Dennisport,
contact Mary Everett-Patriquin at volunteer@haconcapecod.org or 508-771-5400 ext. 279.

To donate to the telethon, visit sheltercapecod.org.

Tags: Homeless on Cape Cod, Family Shelter, HAC, NOAH Telethon, NOAH Shelter, Village at Cataumet, Carriage House, Angel House

Shelter Cape Cod Telethon : New Name, New Guests, New Energy

Posted by Laura Reckford on Thu, Oct 17, 2013 @ 10:00 PM

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Housing Assistance Corporation’s Shelter Cape Cod Telethon with special musical guests and local celebrities is scheduled for Wednesday, December 11 from 4 to 9 p.m.

HAC’s annual telethon is the agency’s biggest fundraiser of the year and perhaps the most fun as well.

For the past nine years, the event has been called the NOAH Telethon with all the funds raised going to the NOAH Shelter, which serves homeless individuals in Hyannis.

But HAC also has three family shelters, Angel House in Hyannis, Carriage House in North Falmouth and The Village at Cataumet in Bourne. This year, the telethon is being renamed the Shelter Cape Cod Telethon and the funds will go to all four of HAC’s shelters.

Watch the Shelter Cape Cod Telethon live on the Cape’s local cable access channels and streamed live on the web at www.CapeMedia.org, and donate by calling in to the toll-free number during the telethon to give your support to the men, women and children in our community who have fallen on hard times.

To volunteer at the telethon, which takes place at Cape Cod Community Media Center in Dennisport, contact Mary Everett-Patriquin at volunteer@haconcapecod.org or
508-771-5400 ext. 279.

Tags: Family Shelter, HAC, NOAH Telethon, housing assistance corporation

HAC Upcoming Events

Posted by Julie Wake on Sun, Apr 21, 2013 @ 07:00 AM
MAY 1: Volunteer Coffee Hour
10 a.m. in Falmouth (please call or check website for location).  This monthly event is a brief overview of what HAC does, who we serve and what volunteer opportunities are available. Feel free to show up or RSVP with Mary Everett-Patriquin at volunteer@HAConCapeCod.org or 508-771-5400, ext. 279 or online at www.HAConCapeCod.org

JULY 15-21: 21st Annual Housing With Love Walk
HAC and other Cape housing agencies join for a walk from Provincetown to Falmouth. For info, email Deanna Bussiere (dbussiere@HAConCapeCod.org) or Margaret Benaka (mbenaka@HAConCapeCod.org).

SEPT. 28: Mashpee Big Fix

Volunteers will perform small home repairs, cleaning and landscaping work at the homes of seniors, veterans and the disabled. Visit the “News & Events” section of HAC’s web site to sign up as a volunteer, or contact Mary Everett-Patriquin at
508-771-5400, ext. 279, or volunteer@HAConCapeCod.org.

DEC. 11: 10th annual NOAH Telethon
4-9 p.m. on cable-access channels 13 and 99 from Bourne to Provincetown. For more information, contact Sarah Tribuzio at 508-771-5400, ext. 271, or
stribuzio@HAConCapeCod.org.

Tags: Housing with love walk, NOAH Telethon, HAC Volunteer Coffee Hour, HAC Events, Big Fix

Mark Your Calendar for a Busy 2013 with HAC!

Posted by Julie Wake on Sat, Mar 16, 2013 @ 09:00 AM
Volunteer Coffee Hour
10 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month (next one April 3)
Come to HAC’s main office at 460 West Main Street, Hyannis, and learn more about what HAC does, who we serve, and what volunteer opportunities are available.

HAC’s 38th Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition

April 25 At the Cape Codder Resort in Hyannis.

21st annual Housing With Love Walk
July 15-21
The walk, which begins in Provincetwon and ends in Falmouth,  benefits local non-profits, raising money and awareness for Cape Cod housing agencies. HAC supporters are invited to join the HAC walk team for the last segment of the walk, starting at 11 a.m. July 21 at the Falmouth Village Green. For info, email Deanna Bussiere (dbussiere@HAConCapeCod.org) or Margaret Benaka (mbenaka@HAConCapeCod.org).

Mashpee Big Fix
Sept. 29
The Big Fix is a community service event coordinated by HAC. Volunteers will perform small home repairs, cleaning and landscaping work at the homes of seniors, veterans and the disabled. In the past three years, the Big Fix has served 39 homes and engaged more than 400 community volunteers. Visit the “News & Events” section of HAC’s web site to sign up as a volunteer or contact Mary Everett-Patriquin at 508-771-5400, ext. 279.

10th annual NOAH Telethon
4-9 p.m. Dec. 1
Shown on cable-access channels 13 and 99 from Bourne to Provincetown. For more information, contact Sarah Tribuzio at 508-771-5400, ext. 271, or stribuzio@HAConCapeCod.org.

For more information, visit www.HAConCapeCod.org and click on “News & Events.”

Tags: Homeless on Cape Cod, volunteers, Housing with love walk, Volunteer Cape Cod, NOAH Telethon, Volunteer coffee hour, housing assistance corporation, volunteering, Big Fix

Rick Brigham Takes on New Challenge

Posted by Julie Wake on Tue, Feb 12, 2013 @ 08:00 AM
After 27 years of serving at Housing Assistance Corporation, Rick Brigham is setting out to begin what he’s calling Act Three. “I came to HAC at the age of 32,” he said. “With a few more decades to go, it’s time to allow all that I have gathered to coalesce towards the vision for which I have long hoped.

During ministerial work early in his career, he realized that working with “Neighbors in Need” was core to his life mission. Rick joined the staff of the NOAH Shelter in 1985. In his time with NOAH, Rick worked as direct care worker, housing specialist, facility director, social services coordinator, program director and finally as resource development coordinator. In addition to varying management responsibilities, his initiatives included pioneering the housing specialist role for individuals, implementing the Barnstable Interfaith Council Prevention Program, developing new resources and innovative responses for men and women in need and pioneering and directing the NOAH Telethon.

The seeds of Act Three began during his development work, where he saw the possibilities of engaging members of faith communities in ways that were “labor-easy” and, yet, could provide lasting solutions that would not only stabilize the neighbor in need in their day to day, but enhance their spirituality and their life in community. With the support of several faith community leaders, Rick is developing this new “ministerial business,” All Needs Met, in the hopes that “Engaging the Many to Help the Few” will result in easier roads for those in need and greater satisfaction for those who would help them.

Rick Brigham can be reached at rickbrigham@comcast.net or 774-487-9155.

Tags: NOAH Telethon, housing assistance corporation, NOAH Shelter, Rick Brigham

NOAH Telethon Raises $75,000!

Posted by Julie Wake on Sat, Jan 26, 2013 @ 07:30 AM

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Every December the plight of the homeless is the focus of Cape Cod television for one night, and every December the community responds with inspiring generosity.

Held in the Dennisport studio of the Cape Cod Community Media Center, the ninth annual NOAH Telethon, a fundraiser for Cape Cod’s only emergency shelter for homeless individuals, raised over $73,576.87, with more donations still coming in.

“The NOAH Telethon is a true community event, with those who are able lending a helping hand to those who are in need,” said Rick Presbrey, HAC’s president and CEO. “Every year I am impressed with the giving spirit of the telethon’s volunteers and donors. That one night makes a huge difference in allowing NOAH to be a year-round shelter.”

Mindy Todd, host of “The Point” on WCAI, was the host for the telethon. She was joined each hour by a guest host: Philip Mangano, former head of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness; Matt Pitta of WXTK; Paul Pronovost, editor of the Cape Cod Times; Lisa Guyon, HAC’s director of development; and HAC CEO Rick Presbrey.

Walk-on guests during the evening included Doug Morison of Callahan Construction; Mary O’Keeffe of Comcast; Joan Bassett, president of the HAC board of directors; Connie Raleigh, HAC’s director of individuals housing services; Carolann Gillard of the NOAH staff; and Santa Claus.

Among the local notables who took a turn on the phones were State Rep. Cleon Turner, County Commissioners Bill Doherty, Mary Pat Flynn and Sheila Lyons, Cape Cod Community College president John Cox, and former Cape Cod Community College president Kathleen Schatzberg. Students from Cape Cod Academy, who had collected toiletries for NOAH clients, performed a rap about generosity.

Suzanne Tonaire, a DJ on WGTX (Dunes 102), lined up local musicians to provide entertainment during the show. In response to a pledge request, Siobhan Magnus, star of “American Idol,” performed a live, a capella version of “White Christmas.” Other musicians who contributed pre-recorded performances to the show were Ben Romanelli, the Bart Weisman Klezmer Jazz Group, Peter Donnelley, Groovy Acoustic, Lisa Jason, the Cape Cod Symphony Ensemble, Monica Rizzio, the Solstice Singers and the Nauset High School Honors Chorus.

Volunteers contributed 360 hours to help make the event a success.

As always, the staff of Cape Cod Community Media Center was a key part of the telethon’s success. The telethon was cablecast live from the center’s studio in Dennisport and shown on cable-access stations from Bourne to Provincetown.

Donations are still being accepted at
www.NOAHTelehon.org.

Tags: Homeless on Cape Cod, NOAH Telethon, housing assistance corporation, NOAH Shelter

HAC’s Numbers Girl for NOAH Telethon

Posted by Julie Wake on Wed, Nov 21, 2012 @ 09:00 AM

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Olivia Williams didn’t know in 2006 that she was starting a tradition. Just 6 years old, she went on the air each hour of the NOAH Telethon to give the hosts updated pledge numbers. She’s been doing it ever since. The first couple of years she taped a paper bed to a house for every $540 raised (enough to cover the costs of one bed at NOAH for one night per month). Olivia has grown through the years, as pictures taken in 2006 and last year show.

Volunteer for the NOAH Telethon!

Tags: Homeless on Cape Cod, NOAH Telethon, housing assistance corporation, NOAH Shelter, Housing on Cape Cod, volunteering