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

Making Connections at NOAH Shelter

Posted by Julie Wake on Tue, Mar 11, 2014 @ 07:30 PM
“A minimal amount of human contact can change a life,” said Greg Bar, manager of HAC’s NOAH Shelter, about a new volunteer project at NOAH Shelter. 
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One night Bill Dado had a dream he was working with the homeless in Hyannis.  “When I woke up I just had to go to the computer and Google shelters in Hyannis,” said Bill Dado.  Dado moved to the Cape two years ago and is a retired high school guidance counselor from Sturbridge, MA.   “The next thing I knew I was filling out an online application to volunteer for HAC, meeting with the volunteer coordinator and being quickly introduced to Greg Bar.”

Dado’s concept is to create a “pen pal” type relationship with NOAH clients and high school students.  Students would be connected to a client and would initiate a letter exchange as simple as, “I’m thinking of you and I care.”  Clients would receive a letter with just the student’s first name and vice versa. Letters would be managed through the school’s community service person.

In Dado’s previous career as a guidance counselor, he saw major benefits when “at risk” students were connected to a teacher on a one on one basis.  “I thought if we applied this to the homeless, even though the gesture is small, we might really make a personal impact on so many levels,” said Dado.

Sturgis West and Cape Cod Academy have signed on to be pilots for the program. 

Tags: Homeless on Cape Cod, Homeless, HACbeat, volunteers, Volunteer Cape Cod, Volunteer coffee hour, housing assistance corporation, NOAH Shelter, NOAH, volunteering

Mashpee Big Fix An Opportunity To Help Those In Need

Posted by Laura Reckford on Fri, Sep 13, 2013 @ 10:00 AM

Mashpee Big Fix

Spend half a day and make a real difference in the comfort, safety, and quality of life for those in need in our community.

Housing Assistance Corporation is looking for volunteers for The Mashpee Big Fix on Saturday, September 28. Not all the work requires heavy lifting. Besides yard work and light repair work at the houses, we need volunteers to help out with sign-in duties and lunch service.

The Big Fix sends teams of volunteers to assist homeowners with clean-up, landscaping, and small home repair projects. Since 2010, we’ve mobilized over 250 volunteers and assisted 40 households in Barnstable, Sandwich and Dennis.

Kick-off on September 28 will be at Mashpee High School, and begins at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and donuts. Most houses are finished by 1:00 p.m. Volunteers also receive lunch and a T-shirt.

Volunteers helping at the houses should be physically able to perform tasks of moderate intensity, such as pruning hedges, raking, hauling brush, cleaning gutters, and moving heavy/bulky items to and from storage. Basic home repair skills (painting, carpentry, electric, plumbing, masonry) are a plus but not required. Please note that minors must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or guardian. Please, no pets.

Interested individuals and groups should sign up by Sept. 13 at  www.haconcapecod.org/big-fix. You can also get further information and sign up by contacting our Volunteer Coordinator, Mary Everett-Patriquin, at volunteer@haconcapecod.org, or by phone at 508-771-5400, ext. 279.

Tags: volunteers, Volunteer Cape Cod, housing assistance corporation, volunteering, Big Fix

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

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

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

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

Volunteers Needed at HAC Shelters

Posted by Julie Wake on Sat, Feb 02, 2013 @ 07:00 AM
scott barron 007 resized 600“Volunteers are the heart of HAC,” said volunteer coordinator Mary Everett-Patriquin. “We could not provide the kinds of services we do without the thousands of hours contributed by our volunteers.”

Volunteers are needed in three areas at HAC’s family and individual shelters.

Childcare assistants: Our Hyannis, Falmouth, and Cataumet shelters seek volunteers to help with childcare on weekday mornings (preferred), or early afternoons. Volunteers can pick one or more of these timeslots, but should be able to commit to a regular, weekly schedule (for example, every Wednesday morning). Volunteers should have childcare experience, enjoy working with kids of varying ages, and feel comfortable working in a fast-paced environment with families in crisis. All volunteers must undergo a background check (CORI).

Van drivers: Drivers are needed both weekdays and on weekends to transport residents from our family shelters to medical appointments and other essential errands. Our family shelters are located in Hyannis, Falmouth and Bourne. Drivers will use our agency van (an automatic seating 7 persons). Volunteers should have a flexible schedule, a valid Massachusetts driver’s license, and feel comfortable working with families in crisis. All volunteers must undergo a background check (CORI).

Shelter assistants: Help provide staff and client support at our Bourne family shelter. Duties include office tasks such as copying, filing, and preparing mailings; providing phone and front desk coverage during staff meetings; assisting clients in routine, daily matters and/or driving clients to appointments. Volunteers in this position work a half-day on a regular, weekly basis (ex: 8 a.m.-noon Thursdays). Volunteers should have strong organizational and interpersonal skills, enjoy doing a variety of tasks from day to day, and feel comfortable working with families in crisis. All volunteers must undergo a background check (CORI).

Volunteer Coffee Hour: Wednesday, February 6 at 10 a.m.  Kick off 2013 by learning more about HAC and how you can get involved.  This monthly event is brief overview of what the organization does, who we serve, and what volunteer opportunities are currently available.  Feel free to show up or RSVP to Mary Everett-Patriquin at 508-771-5400, ext. 279.  The group will meet at HAC’s Main Office, 460 W. Main St., Hyannis.

To fill out an application, go to the HAC web site and click on “volunteer.” For more information, contact our volunteer coordinator at volunteer@HAConCapeCod.org or 508-771-5400, ext. 279.
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Tags: Homeless on Cape Cod, Volunteer Cape Cod, housing assistance corporation

Golfers Fight Homelessness

Posted by Julie Wake on Thu, Sep 20, 2012 @ 12:40 PM

golf 2012 cotuit 021For 20 years, Cape Cod golfers have pitched in to help the needy during the annual Golf Day to End Homelessness. At participating local courses, golfers make a donation to enter a closest-to-the-pin contest. Since 1993 more than $190,000 has been raised to help Project Prevention and other HAC programs.

Participating Courses were the Captains Golf Course in Brewster, Cotuit Highground Country Club, Dennis Highlands Golf Course, New Seabury Country Club and the Woods Hole Golf Club. Golfers could win free foursomes at local courses, restaurant gift certificates, Melody Tent tickets and other prizes from 34 businesses.

More than 25 volunteers helped make this year’s event, which was sponsored by the Cape and Islands Golf Shop in Hyannis, a success.

The next event will be Big Fix in Dennis.  Learn more!

Tags: Volunteer Cape Cod, housing assistance corporation

Three Generations of Helping HAC

Posted by Julie Wake on Wed, Sep 19, 2012 @ 12:36 PM

wadsworth resized 600Dianne Wadsworth moved to Cape Cod to help take care of her parents and aunt. She found a job as a teacher but wanted to do more, so she started to volunteer at the NOAH Shelter. That was 26 years ago, and Dianne is still volunteering at the Hyannis shelter.

On the first Saturday of every month, NOAH residents know that they can look forward to a home-cooked meal: Dianne’s shepherd’s pie. “It’ easy and they like it,” she said. “It’s hard to come up with something you can make for 40 or 50 people and not have it break you.”

Dianne’s father volunteered at the Cape Cod Hospital and was active with Kiwanis, and he assisted Dianne with feeding NOAH residents until he died at age 93. Now Dianne, 73, gets help from her 47-year-old son, Ty Marchment.

“It’s a family tradition to have community spirit,” says Dianne. “If I didn’t do something like this, I’d just be sitting around watching television. I appreciate what I have, and I like helping others.”

Ty started helping his mother at NOAH about three years ago. “I remember as a kid going to the Kiwanis breakfasts with my grandfather,” Ty says. “He started three of the Kiwanis groups on the Cape. He impressed me with all he did. When he retired, he was busier than ever. He was a great role model.”

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Tags: Homeless on Cape Cod, Volunteer Cape Cod, housing assistance corporation, NOAH Shelter, HAC Volunteers