Housing Assistance Corporation Blog

Donor Spotlight: Tony Shepley

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Fri, Mar 23, 2018 @ 10:34 AM

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In 1978, Tony Shepley opened the doors to his new company, Shepley Wood Products, in Hyannis.

With little experience in business – he had moved to the Cape eight years earlier, making his living as a musician in a rock band – and $4,000 to invest in his fledgling venture, Tony has grown that small company to one that currently employs 160 people. 

Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, Shepley Wood Products’ impact can be felt throughout the region with a main office and yard in Hyannis, a branch yard in Wellfleet, and a sales office on Nantucket.

With all of his success, Tony has remained committed to giving back to this place that he and his wife Lorraine and their two sons call home. That commitment has not only been recognized by HAC, which honored Shepley Wood Products with its 2011 Business Partner of the Year Award, but by the Hyannis Elks (2012 Distinguished Citizenship Award), the Cape and Islands United Way (2002 Citizen of the Year), and Philanthropy Partners of the Cape & Islands (2014 Outstanding Business Award), among others.

We recently had a chance to ask Tony about his longtime support of HAC and our affordable housing efforts in the region. 

HAC: Why is HAC’s mission so important to you and Shepley Wood Products?

Tony Shepley: No community stays in balance without a healthy affordable housing supply. HAC has done a lot to help provide and push for housing for Cape Cod and the Islands.

HAC: What are some of the housing challenges you face as an employer on the Cape?

TS: Zoning changes and building code changes have driven the cost of housing up over the past 40 years, by limiting the supply of available land and by raising the cost of construction in our area. Employers can’t sit idly by and watch; we have to be involved.

HAC: How do you see HAC helping to address those challenges?

TS: HAC has worked on the development side by building new housing to add to the available supply, but also to drive awareness on the political front, as well as to educate the public and to stimulate affordable housing design.

HAC: Can you talk about the housing issues facing Cape Cod and why it’s necessary for organizations like HAC and companies like Shepley to work together to tackle those issues?

TS: I am surprised by the extent of NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) thinking in many of our towns. Although our population on Cape Cod is not growing and has been slightly receding recently, some of our selectmen and town councilors are still convinced that we are in a runaway growth phase and they are scared of opening up a Pandora’s Box if they loosen their grip on housing.

We need to help them see that without affordable workforce housing our service industries suffer. Our teachers, nurses, firefighters, and police suffer, and we drive affordability out of reach. We have a lot of work ahead of us in de-polarizing our communities on the subject of a balanced approach to sensible housing. Healthy communities must stand for what they want, not just for what they don’t want.

WHY I GIVE

Over the years, Tony Shepley and his company, Shepley Wood Products, have generously given to HAC in support of its programs. That support has included sponsoring the agency’s Annual Dinner & Volunteer Recognition. Shepley Wood Products will do so once again in May.

This past fall, Shepley Wood Products also served as a sponsor of HAC’s Cape Housing Institute, a six-week workshop which provides municipal officials with the tools and resources to boost affordable housing in their communities. Last month, Shepley also sponsored our Cape Housing Advocacy Training, which teaches the general public how to speak up in support of more affordable housing in their towns.

“These programs help educate our town leaders and our fellow residents about the need for affordable housing and remove some of the stigma with which affordable and workforce housing gets tagged,” Tony said, explaining why Shepley has sponsored these two new HAC initiatives.

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Volunteering at NOAH Shelter Puts Life Into Perspective

Posted by Chris Kazarian on Tue, Jul 22, 2014 @ 10:05 AM
DSC 0015 resized 600Ron Winner (left) of Shepley Wood Products talks to HAC's Deanna Bussiere as she slices bread in the kitchen of the NOAH Shelter.

On the final day of March a light snow fell on Hyannis, proof that Mother Nature was not going out like a lamb this month.

It was the type of bitter spring day that would keep most inside and at one point Ron Winner of Craigville Beach, contemplated doing just that after he had completed his shift at Shepley Wood Products where he is an outside sales representative.

But he did not. Instead he left work and headed to the NOAH Shelter in Hyannis, where he helped Julie Wake, HAC’s director of communications and development, and Deanna Bussiere, HAC’s event and resource development coordinator, cook and serve lasagna to 55 men and women who are homeless.

Adorned in a Boston Red Sox shirt – it was the first day of their 162-game season – Winner clearly could have been elsewhere, but he chose to volunteer a little more than an hour of his time feeding those less fortunate. “I do it because one day I could be here,” he said.

Later that night he went home to his wife Wendy and considered how fortunate his life has been.

Donating his time in such a way – over the past eight years he has served meals on a monthly basis to those in similar situations at CHAMP Homes in Hyannis – plays a vital role in his life.

And he viewed his March experience at HAC’s NOAH Shelter in the same vein. “I think it is valuable period because you get to learn about what life is all about and you are grateful for what you have,” he said. “And you realize there are people out there that need a little help.”

Greg Bar, the manager at NOAH, said volunteers like Winner are not an option, but a necessity at the shelter. “Every meal, every dinner is served by a volunteer group or an individual,” he said.

During Winner’s first foray in serving meals at the shelter he encountered one Harwich woman who was dropping off Klondike Bars for NOAH clients that evening. She has volunteered at NOAH feeding the homeless for the past 23 years. “I feel blessed to do it,” she said. “The sad thing is you see a lot of the same people here year after year.”

Benefits of Continuous Volunteerism 

Bar lauded volunteers such as these and the positive impact they are having on the community. “It is one thing to get sentimental around Thanksgiving and give a donation. It is another thing to do it month after month, year after year,” he said. “I think there is a deep desire to want to help people on a deeper and more effective level and these people get it. When you do this on a long-term basis there is something on the inside that is fulfilled.”

Volunteer groups are asked to cook or bring in prepared meals and then serve them to NOAH clients. Bar said he has one recommendation for those who want to volunteer at NOAH: “Think about what kind of meal you would like to eat.”

Favorites for clients tend to be pork roast, steak, a chef salad with chicken and fresh vegetables.

And the shelter is always in need of food donations, particularly milk, eggs, butter and drinks.

Typically NOAH will see an uptick in volunteerism during the holidays - November and December – with a decrease as the weather gets warmer. “The fact is people eat the same in the summer as they do in the winter,” Bar said.

While he is always looking for more volunteers, Bar can be assured that he will have at least one extra hand helping out throughout the year. Winner has plans to volunteer again, on a more regular basis, at the NOAH Shelter. “I love giving back,” Winner said. “I don’t have a lot to give money wise, but I can serve. And I think a lot of people need to realize they can help out that way.”

Tags: Homeless, HAC, NOAH Shelter, Shepley

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.
Tony Shepley
Tony Shepley speaking at last year’s annual meeting.

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

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

Annual Meeting Honorees Named

Posted by Julie Wake on Wed, Mar 13, 2013 @ 11:30 AM
Housing Assistance Corporation’s annual meeting and volunteer recognition dinner will be held 5-7 p.m. April 25 at the Cape Codder Resort and Spa, 1225 Route 132, Hyannis.
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Among those being honored at HAC’s 38th annual meeting will be the Rev. John Terry of the Federated Church of Hyannis, who will be given the Presbrey Public Service Award in recognition of his service to those in need on Cape Cod.

This year’s recipient of the Business Partner Award is the Cape Cod Community Media Center, whose staff and volunteers go beyond the call of duty in putting together a live showing of the NOAH Telethon every December.

The Barnstable Police Department will receive the Human Services Partner Award in recognition of the department’s sensitivity in dealing with the Cape’s homeless population.

Scott Barron and Bob Zibbell, longtime drivers at the Village at Cataumet, will be this year’s Volunteers of the Year recipients.

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.

Dinner will be served and a cash bar will be available. RSVP by April 11.
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Tags: HAC Annual Meeting, HAC Volunteer Recognition, Volunteer Cape Cod, housing assistance corporation, Housing on Cape Cod, Shepley