Housing Assistance Corporation Blog

Vivapalooza Winner Gives Back To NOAH Shelter

Posted by Laura Reckford on Sat, Aug 17, 2013 @ 10:00 AM

Bobbie Curley of West Barnstable believes “it is important to help people get a better start” and “everybody deserves a second chance.”

That is why she decided to donate a $100 Stop and Shop gift card she won in a drawing at the Housing Assistance Corporation table at the Vivapalooza expo to the NOAH Shelter to be used to help feed people in need.

Emerald Physician’s Vivapalooza took place on Sunday, June 2, filling Barnstable High School with vendors promoting community resources for healthy living.

At HAC’s booth, staff sold Cape Cod Caring Cards, formerly known as food certs. The cards have their full cash value and can be used at many stores on the Cape. For each gift card purchased, 5 percent of the money spent benefits HAC’s Project Prevention, which provides financial assistance to prevent Cape Codders from becoming homeless. Dennis Yarmouth Ecumenical Council and Barnstable Interfaith Council sponsor the cards.

When Ms. Curley found out she won the gift card drawing, she was surprised. “I don’t usually win anything,” she said.

Then she asked, “Now, is that something you could use for clients at one of your shelters?”

Ms. Curley said she regularly buys Cape Cod Caring Cards from the Barnstable Interfaith Council at village fairs and other events.

HAC put Ms. Curley’s donation to use at the NOAH Shelter where it was used to stock up the pantry with items unavailable from the food banks.

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HAC Employee Runs Falmouth Road Race for NOAH Shelter

Posted by Julie Wake on Thu, Aug 01, 2013 @ 09:46 AM

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When I started working at Housing Assistance Corporation and the NOAH Shelter in 2011, I had no idea how many lives I would see changed for the better because of the work of the NOAH Shelter and the team of dedicated folks who work here.

Every single day, 365 days a year, NOAH makes a difference in at least one person's  life­ whether it means providing someone  with a meal that they have gone without for many days; giving someone a warm, dry place to sleep; helping  with health care needs; working with someone to secure a job; or helping someone find a place to live- NOAH changes lives.

That is why my run in this year's Falmouth Road Race on August 11 will be dedicated to the NOAH Shelter.  Proceeds from my run will help support not only the food and materials needed to provide for homeless folks in crisis, but will also help us continue to operate some of our most critical programs- work search and housing assistance.   All of the people who use the NOAH Shelter are encouraged to use our employment search and housing search programs. Last year we helped 68 people find jobs and 167 people move out of the shelter and into housing!

I hope that you will choose to sponsor me either by sending a check made payable to the NOAH Shelter or donate on-line.  All donations are tax deductible, and your generosity will play a role in NOAH's efforts to combat homelessness in our community.

Thank you so much for your support and I will think of you proudly as I pound the pavement!

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NOAH Takes Extra Steps for Homeless

Posted by Julie Wake on Sat, Feb 09, 2013 @ 08:00 AM

When bitter cold temperatures struck Cape Cod in the last two weeks of January, HAC’s staff and supporters’ concern for the homeless was greater than ever.

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“We evaluated the weather on a day-to-day basis and determined whether it was unsafe for people to be outside,” said Connie Raleigh, HAC’s director of individuals housing services. “We went over and above to keep people safe.”

The NOAH Shelter in Hyannis normally is open from 4:30 p.m. until 8 a.m. No staff or food is available to clients during the closed hours.

“We stayed open 24/7 or opened early most days during the second half of January,” said Raleigh. “We saw an influx of people who did not have stable housing. We used our overflow capacity to take folks in and keep them safe and warm.

“When we get this kind of weather, it really makes you think. What does it mean to be homeless in winter?”

NOAH staff members who normally work at night or overnight came in during the day to help prepare food and tend to clients. “They really care about the well-being of the clients,” said Raleigh. “It can be taxing on the clients when they’re indoors all the time, and people get a little bored. We worked hard to get them engaged in games, movies and conversation, as well as talking about housing.”

Two local hotels – Courtyard Cape Cod in Hyannis and the Hampton Inn in Yarmouth – donated blankets and towels. “To be able to get wrapped up in a comforter is a luxury for someone who just has a fleece blanket,” said Raleigh. “People are using the showers a lot more to get warm, but they also take towels with them to use as an extra layer.”

During winter months, some clothing items are in extra demand. Items needed right now include socks, mittens, gloves, hats, underwear and towels. Donations can be dropped off at the NOAH Shelter (70 Winter Street, Hyannis) between noon and 3:30 p.m. or you can call to make an appointment.

Raleigh said another helpful donation is gift cards to Dunkin’ Donuts, Burger King and McDonald’s, which are all a short walk from the shelter. “On a cold, miserable day, people can buy a cup of coffee and sit someplace warm for a while,” she said.

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