Housing Assistance Corporation Blog

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

Still Time to Volunteer for the Dennis Big Fix

Posted by Julie Wake on Thu, Sep 13, 2012 @ 01:15 PM
describe the imageAs of the end of August, about half the number of needed volunteers had signed up for the Dennis Big Fix. On Sept. 29, volunteers will come together to assist seniors, veterans and disabled residents in Dennis with landscaping and home repair tasks.

The accumulation of home repairs and yard work can become a burden for homeowners as they get older, and the Big Fix aims to assist with this burden. The homeowners selected to receive assistance through this program will be chosen based on income, repair needs and our ability to meet requests.

Volunteers should be physically able to perform tasks of moderate intensity, including cleaning gutters, extensive yard work, moving heavy/bulky items to and from storage, painting, light carpentry, etc. Interested individuals and groups should sign up no later than Sept. 14. Please note that minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Volunteers will gather at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 29 at the Dennis Senior Center, 1045 Route 134, South Dennis. Work at the houses will begin at 9:30 a.m. and teams will finish by 1 p.m.

To volunteer, download an application at www.HAConCapeCod.org or pick up an application at the Dennis Senior Center. For more information, contact Mary Everett-Patriquin at Volunteer@HAConCapeCod.org or
508-771-5400, ext. 279.

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Childcare Volunteers Needed at Homeless Shelter

Posted by Julie Wake on Fri, Aug 10, 2012 @ 02:32 PM

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HAC's Hyannis, Falmouth, and Cataumet family 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).

Contact Mary Everett Patriquin at volunteer@HAConCapecod.org

Childcare not your thing, check out positions such as van drivers or newsletter mailing crew!


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Walkers Cross Cape to Help HAC

Posted by Julie Wake on Thu, Jul 26, 2012 @ 02:10 PM

Housing with Love Walk 2012

A seven-day walk across Cape Cod came to a big finish in Falmouth, where HAC staffers and supporters joined a group that spent a week walking for those in need of housing.

HAC was one of 12 Cape Cod housing agencies that benefited from the walk. For its 20th anniversary, the event was renamed the Bob Murray Housing With Love Walk, in honor of the man who started the walk. For many years, Murray walked every step of the route. Because of foot problems, Murray served a support role this year, but his commitment is as resolute as ever.

“It’s a critical component to a family – to all of us – to have a place to live in and afford,” Murray said. “If you help one or two people, you’ve made a difference, and who knows what the ripple effect will be?”

Before the walk started in Provincetown on July 9, Father John Rice, one of seven people to walk the entire route, wrote to friends and asked for their support.

“Once again (for the seventh year) I will be walking the Cape to raise awareness for the homeless on our beautiful sandbar,” he wrote.

“Yesterday, standing in the offices of Housing Assistance Corporation, I listened to a young, unemployed man, who was desperate to move his family out of their automobile and into safe and secure quarters. He could have been me 50 years ago, but for the concern and care others sent my way back then.

“So these 71-year-old legs and feet try to move forward that same spirit of support and assistance. I’ll walk for the fixed-income seniors, the sick and lonely, the young unemployed, the invisible needy – and I’ll walk for you, those who also know and care in these times.”  

Another seven-day walker, Laurie Sexton, used a vacation week to participate in the walk. “The friendships are something we’ll all remember,” she said.

There’s still time to contribute to HAC’s Housing With Love Walk effort. Visit www.WalkforHAC.org to donate online. For more information, contact Deanna Bussiere at 508-771-5400, ext. 270, or dbussiere@HAConCapeCod.org.

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Tags: Housing with love walk, Volunteer Cape Cod, housing assistance corporation

Annual Bob Murray Housing w/ Love Walk Kick off

Posted by Lisa Guyon on Mon, Jul 09, 2012 @ 03:12 PM

Bob Murray

Our staff had the good fortune of attending the kick-off service and the first leg of the 20th Annual Bob Murray Housing with Love Walk this morning in Provincetown. So many things discussed this morning inspired gratitude and a sense of commitment to what the Walk is all about. It was about the difference between shelter and a home, it was about being grateful that we do work that helps people in need, and it was about the beauty of the place we live on one hand and the challenges of living here. The most inspiring part of all was Bob Murray’s commitment. After 19 years of walking from Provincetown to Falmouth to raise awareness and funds for housing needs across Cape Cod, Bob made the ‘Walk’ today in a wheelchair. He truly does walk the walk….   


It's not too late to get involved.  The walk runs from July 9-15!

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Tags: volunteers, Housing with love walk, Volunteer Cape Cod

NOAH Shelter & Mashpee Key Club

Posted by Julie Wake on Thu, Jun 14, 2012 @ 09:02 AM

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Residents of the NOAH Shelter will gain a warm touch of home next winter, thanks to members of the Key Club at Mashpee High School. The students raised money to buy materials and then made 60 blankets that they donated to Cape Cod’s only emergency shelter for homeless individuals.

Cheryl Belanger, the Key Club advisor at Mashpee High School, says this was the first time the group had written a grant proposal. In addition to winning a $500 grant from the International Key Club, the students raised money by having a bake sale during intermissions of school performances of “The Pirates of Penzance” and sold raffle tickets for a $150 Roche Bros. gift certificate and a beautiful handmade quilt that Jan Bridge made and donated to the Key Club. The students publicized the project by speaking at a school committee meeting shown on cable TV.

The students decided to volunteer for the NOAH Shelter after HAC staff members Rick Brigham and Deanna Bussiere spoke to the group last fall. While visiting the Floating Hospital for Children at the Tufts Medical Center in Boston, the teens saw blankets that other Key Clubs had donated to the hospital and decided to make blankets for NOAH clients.

Using $1,000 worth of fleece and other materials purchased during half-off sales at Joanne’s Fabric, the students made the blankets during Key Club meetings after school.

“There was a time near the end that I was concerned about whether the students would finish the blankets on time,” said Belanger. “But my Key Clubbers rose to the occasion. Each blanket started off taking two hours to complete but by the end, they had it down to a science and with two persons working together on a blanket they could complete it in under an hour. They managed to make a blanket between the opening of the play and intermission, and between parts of the jazz concert and intermission when they sold baked goods. It was surprising how many ways they found to squeeze in a blanket, sometimes starting one after school and finishing it before school the next day.”

Among the students most involved in the project were project chairman Miranda Martone, Ashley Welch and Lashelle Mathias.

The Key Club, which teaches leadership through service to others, is the oldest and largest service program for high school students.


Tags: Volunteer Cape Cod, housing assistance corporation, NOAH Shelter

Join Housing Assistance Corporation at the Housing w/ Love Walk!

Posted by Julie Wake on Wed, Jun 13, 2012 @ 04:18 PM

Housing Assistance Corporation is proud to take part in the 20th Annual Bob Murray Housing With Love Walk, a seven-day walk spanning the length of Cape Cod.  The walk benefits 12 local non-profits raising money and awareness for Cape Cod housing agencies.  

While you’re welcome to walk any or every day of the walk, we are looking to have a big turnout of HAC supporters on the final day of the walk. Join us at 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 15, on the Falmouth Village Green to walk 3.5 miles to the Church of the Messiah in Woods Hole.  We will transport you back to the green – or you may choose to join the group for the final 6.5 miles of the 2012 walk, which leads back to the Village Green.

The complete walk schedule
• July 9 – Provincetown to South Wellfleet
• July 10 – South Wellfleet to Brewster
• July 11 – Chatham to Yarmouth
• July 12 – Yarmouth to Sandwich
• July 13 – Sandwich to Mashpee
• July 14 – Mashpee to Falmouth Green
• July 15 – Falmouth Green to Woods Hole to
Liam Maguire’s Irish Pub

We are really excited to team up again with other local housing agencies and hope you will continue supporting our efforts.  

For more information about the HAC walk team, please visit www.WalkforHAC.org, where you can donate or raise money online. Thank you for your past support of the Cape Walk and we hope you will join us this year.
For more information, contact Deanna Bussiere at 508-771-5400, ext. 270, or dbussiere@HAConCapeCod.org.

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HAC is grateful to Eastern Bank and all the other corporate sponsors of this year’s Housing With Love Walk. Shown at a recent check presentation are, from left, Rana Murphy, Eastern Bank regional manager and senior vice president; Lisa Guyon and Deanna Bussiere of HAC; and Erica Papagno, Eastern Bank branch manager and vice president.

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Tags: Housing with love walk, Volunteer Cape Cod, housing assistance corporation, Housing on Cape Cod

Housing Assistance Corporation - A Night to Thank Our Volunteers

Posted by Julie Wake on Mon, Jun 11, 2012 @ 03:12 PM

Dolores BommerAbove: Dolores Bommer receiving her citation from Susan Rohrbach and Tom Bernardo.

At the start of this year’s annual volunteer recognition dinner, HAC CEO Rick Presbrey asked the large group of HAC volunteers how many years of service had they been involved in, counting up from one. The years of service grew until a couple on one side of the room claimed the longest at an impressive 22 years.

Bob and Janet Winter, who have been serving meals at the NOAH Shelter for over two decades, were among the guests at the volunteer recognition dinner on May 31 at Our Lady of Victory Church in Centerville. “Our volunteers reinforce our belief in doing something worthwhile in life,” said Presbrey. “HAC depends so heavily on volunteers. We could not do our work without you.”

Rick Brigham, NOAH development director, recognized Dolores Bommer, a longtime Wednesday night meal service volunteer at the NOAH Shelter. “It was a cold and rainy night,” remembers Dolores of her first visit to the shelter. “I knew I had to do something. I could make soup.” Over the past 13 years Dolores and her team have served thousands of meals. Dolores was presented a statehouse citation by Susan Rohrbach, district director for State Sen. Dan Wolf, and Tom Bernardo, community relations director for State Rep. Demetrius Atsalis.
Also recognized with statehouse citations were two Project Prevention supporters: the Dennis-Yarmouth Ecumenical Council for the Homeless (DYECH), which raised $50,500 in 2011 and more than $1.2 million since 1994, and the Barnstable Interfaith Council (BIC), which gave $19,000 in 2011 and $289,936 since 2011. “The breadth and the depth of the giving of this community is tremendous,” said Connie Raleigh, HAC’s director of individuals housing services.
For information about volunteering with HAC, contact volunteer coordinator Mary Everett-Patriquin at 508-771-5400, ext. 279, or volunteer@HAConCapeCod.org.

We are currently looking for volunteers for this year's annual Big Fix in Dennis on September 29, 2012. 

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Tags: DYECH, Volunteer Cape Cod, NOAH Shelter, Big Fix, HAC Volunteers