Housing Assistance Corporation Blog

Santa Comes To Village at Cataumet

Posted by Laura Reckford on Fri, Jan 24, 2014 @ 08:09 AM

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After several rounds of Christmas carols, families staying at The Village at Cataumet welcomed Santa and Mrs. Claus on the afternoon of December 23.

The Village at Cataumet is one of three shelters for homeless families that are run by Housing Assistance Corporation.  Each child staying at the shelter got a turn on Santa’s knee and received a gift from under the tree.

Yvonne Rivers, a case manager at the Village at Cataumet, said the day every year when Santa visits the shelter is always a festive one. "At the end of the day, they’re happy and that makes us happy because some of them might not have a Christmas. We try to make sure everyone has enough."

Paula Mallard, director of the Village at Cataumet, said she is grateful for the generosity of all the donors of gifts, which come from, among other sources, the annual basket party, the staff at Deep Sea Systems in Cataumet, Plainville Christian Church in New Bedford, and from her church, the Swift Memorial United Methodist Church in Sagamore Beach.

"It’s really incredible how generous people are this time of year, For a lot of kids, this is the only time they get to see Santa for the season," she said. "For some of these kids, it’s the best Christmas they’ll ever have."

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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

HAC Shelters In Cataumet, North Falmouth Seek Volunteers

Posted by Laura Reckford on Mon, Jun 17, 2013 @ 12:29 PM

Housing Assistance Corporation of Cape Cod will be holding a Volunteer Information Session on Wednesday, June 26 from 1:30 to 2:30 PM at Falmouth Public Library in the Trustees Room on the lower level.

The library is located at 300 Main Street in Falmouth center. Light refreshments will be served.

 The meeting is to inform Cape residents about volunteer opportunities connected with Housing Assistance Corporation, including opportunities at its family shelters in North Falmouth and Cataumet.

Volunteers assist residents of the shelter with child care and transportation.

Information will also be given at the session about the Housing With Love Walk, a Cape-wide walk and fundraiser, which travels through Falmouth on Sunday, July 21. Anyone can join the walk, which helps raise money to prevent homelessness on Cape Cod.

Another topic of the meeting is The Big Fix, a one-day session in September in which volunteers help repair the homes of seniors, veterans and disabled people. This year’s event takes place in Mashpee on Saturday, September 28.

Anyone interested in finding out more about volunteering for HAC is encouraged to attend this session.

RSVP to Mary Everett-Patriquin at 508-771-5400 ext. 279 or by email at volunteer@haconcapecod.org.

Tags: volunteers, Housing with love walk, Volunteer Cape Cod, housing assistance corporation, Village at Cataumet, volunteering, Affordable Housing Development on Cape Cod

Birthday Wishes Come True for Shelter Children

Posted by Julie Wake on Sat, Apr 13, 2013 @ 09:06 PM

Doesn’t every child deserve to be celebrated on their birthday?
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That’s the question on the front of the brochure for Birthday Wishes, a Newton Centre-based group that provides birthday parties for homeless children in six states. Volunteers bring birthday joy to children in 175 shelters, including HAC’s three family shelters. The children play games and do crafts projects (making paper hula skirts, building teddy bears from a kit, decorating Christmas cookies). The birthday child opens gifts donated by the group.

Birthday Wishes volunteers have been organizing parties at HAC shelters for about five years. The parties help bring normalcy and hope to the shelters. Last month Dawn Boulay, the Birthday Wishes volunteer coordinator for Angel House, and volunteer Nicole Myberg coordinated a party for Serenity, who was turning 1.

“She was very excited when everyone sang ‘Happy Birthday,’” said Shana, Serenity’s mom. “She liked all the attention.”

Myberg, who learned about Birthday Wishes through an article in Boston Parenting magazine, said, “It’s fun interacting with the kids. It’s nice to be able to help out.”

Maura Dankert of Bourne is the Birthday Wishes party coordinator at the Village at Cataumet, a HAC shelter for families. She recently organized an Easter egg hunt for a dozen children there.

A mother of four, Dankert got involved with Birthday Wishes through a friend who is the party coordinator at a shelter in Kingston. “I brought my daughter to help at one of their events and I was hooked,” she said. “I grew to love the families, so it’s bittersweet when they leave the shelter. I’m happy for them, but I miss them.”

Laura Kiernan, a case manager at Cataumet, said, “The children get excited when they know the Birthday Wishes volunteers are coming. All day they’re asking, ‘When does it start?’ It makes a big difference in their lives.”

Rob is a Cataumet client who was at the Easter party with his sons, one 3 years old and the other 5 months old. “I think it’s a great thing that they do this for the kids. With the situation everyone’s in, it makes us feel normal.”

To learn more about Birthday Wishes, visit www.birthdaywishes.org.


Tags: Homeless on Cape Cod, housing assistance corporation, Village at Cataumet, Carriage House, Angel House, Birthday Wishes

Housing Assistance Corporation - Shelter Looking For Volunteers

Posted by Julie Wake on Tue, Jun 12, 2012 @ 09:00 AM

The Village at Cautaumet and Carriage House are looking for a volunteer to help guide a client-run Craig’s List and eBay business program to benefit the family shelters and those living there. Clients have been meeting to plan the effort and to line up those with interest to take courses at the Upper Cape Tech and Cape Cod Community College that complement the work they will be doing on the Internet sales effort.
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The ideal volunteer is someone who will enjoy working with homeless clients who are trying to improve their lives, and has some Internet and other retail sales experience. The days and hours are flexible. The volunteer’s time would be focused at the Carriage House in North Falmouth, where the office for this new venture will be. A resident of Carriage House has been selected to head up the sales effort.


Please send inquiries to rpresbrey@haconcapecod.org.

HAC is also looking for Big Fix Dennis volunteers on September 29th click here to be contacted.

Volunteer for Big Fix Mashpee!

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