Housing Assistance Corporation Blog

The Biggest Fix Ever in Mashpee

Posted by Laura Reckford on Wed, Oct 16, 2013 @ 08:25 PM

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The sun was shining and the volunteers just kept coming at the kick-off for Housing Assistance Corporation's annual event, The Big Fix in Mashpee.

When all was said and done, more than 250 volunteers participated in Housing Assistance Corporation’s annual  community service day on Saturday, September 28.

This was the fourth year of The Big Fix, in which HAC sends teams of volunteers to assist income-eligible homeowners—senior citizens, veterans and disabled people—with clean-up, landscaping, and small home repair projects. Since 2010, HAC has mobilized more than 550 volunteers at 52 homes in Barnstable, Sandwich, Dennis and, this year, Mashpee.

“It was a great day,” Julie Wake, Housing Assistance Corporation’s Director of Communications and Development, said. She praised the many sponsors who helped make the event possible, including Heroes in Transition Inc., which donated funds to complete work at the five homes of veterans. Also contributing funds were Eastern Bank, Anchor Self Storage, Botello's Lumber, and the Mashpee Chamber of Commerce. Offering in-kind donations were Cape Associates, Ninety-Nine Restaurant, Starbucks Coffee, Cape Cod Potato Chips, Boston Culinary Group, Stop & Shop, and Pina Sanitation. As an extra special gesture, Mashpee Town Administrator Joyce Mason and Mashpee Selectman Carol Sherman donated a pot of hardy mums to each of the 12 houses serviced during the event.

The Town of Mashpee also played a large role in the event, with town officials helping with everything from signage to trash pickup and labor.

Mashpee Town Manager Joyce Mason, Assistant Town Manager Tom Mayo and DPW Director Catherine Laurent all rolled up their sleeves along with dozens of other Mashpee town employees to help out. Mr. Mayo and Ms. Laurent talking after the event, proclaimed the day an overwhelming success, as people from throughout the community came together to help their neighbors in need.

The 12 recipients of The Big Fix included a 73-year-old tribal elder who is disabled and needed help with painting her front steps; a 96-year-old woman who lives alone and needed extensive yard work; a 93-year-old tribal elder who is partially blind and needed some cords of wood stacked; a disabled woman who recently lost her husband of 33 years; and a veteran’s widow who has an adult son with Down syndrome. Some volunteers also worked to spruce up the Mashpee Housing Authority’s Homemeyer Village on Jobs Fishing Road, which needed a range of yard improvements, including washing the fence.

The jobs at the other homes included tree work, plumbing, chimney work, new doors, installing floors, painting, dump runs, electrical problems, and lots of yard work. Skilled laborers volunteering their time were in abundance and they were needed for jobs ranging from carpentry to plumbing, masonry and roof work.

By lunchtime, most jobs were completed and volunteers returned to the high school for hamburgers and hotdogs cooked on an outdoor grill with food and labor all donated by Ninety-Nine Restaurant.

Among those helping out throughout the day were students from the Key Club at Mashpee High School, boy scouts from Troop 36 in Mashpee led by John Cotton, a  Coast Guard crew from Chatham, social work students from Cape Cod Community College, teachers and other Mashpee School Department staff, numerous Town of Mashpee workers and many other groups and individuals.

Tags: volunteers, HAC, housing assistance corporation

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's Carriage House Opens New Play Space

Posted by Laura Reckford on Tue, Aug 13, 2013 @ 10:00 AM

Children at Carriage House enjoy the new place space.

Staff from the agency Horizons for the Homeless Children refurbished the play space at
Carriage House in June and a ribbon-cutting at the space on June 13 served as
an opportunity for the children and adults to get a first look at the new
space.

Carriage House Facility Director Anne Holmes saidof Horizons, “You guys are absolutely
amazing. The things you do. . . and you ask for nothing in return. You just
bless the kids.”

The new space is divided into five development areas: arts and crafts; a dramatic play area with puppets and a dollhouse for fine motor skills; an area with activities for gross motor skills; a gated infant area; and a literacy area. Six of the children staying at Carriage House attended the ribbon cutting and tried out the new play equipment and toys.

Horizons Playspace Programs Director Meghan Schafer  and Playspace Programs Manager Jessica Dalzell were both on hand for the ribbon-cutting.

Horizons is a private non-profit that was founded in 1988 and operates statewide with a main office in Roxbury. The mission of the agency is to improve the lives of young homeless children in Massachusetts and support early childhood education.

Ms. Schafer said, “Jess and I love what we do. The kids are our passion in life.” She added, “We love our volunteers.”

The playspace at Carriage House was a reinstall, because the group had worked on the same space in 2005. She said the re-install at Carriage House cost about $3,000 to $3,500, paid for through donations and from the agency’s budget.

About 65% of Horizons funding comes from donations and the rest through state and federal grants. The group has about 50 volunteers on the Cape who give about two hours per week for six month periods helping at shelters like Carriage House by playing with the children. There are trainings for volunteers twice a year, in April and October.

 On hand at the ribbon cutting are HAC Family Housing Services Compliance Manager Pat Caron.

On hand at the Carriage House ribbon-cutting are HAC Family Housing Services Compliance Manager Pat Caron and her son, Matt Caron, 13, HAC Project Prevention Director Delores
Barbati-Poore, Carriage House Facility Director Anne Holmes, Meghan Schafer and
Jessica Dalzell of Horrizons for Homeless Children and Carriage House Case
Manager Katie Geissler.

 

Tags: housing, Homeless, volunteers, Horizons for Homless Children, housing assistance corporation, Carriage House, Horizons for Homeless Children

The Big Fix In Mashpee An Opportunity To Help Those In Need

Posted by Laura Reckford on Sun, Aug 11, 2013 @ 11:00 AM

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Help veterans, seniors, and disabled homeowners in the Town of Mashpee by joining The
Big Fix on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013.

Coordinated by Housing Assistance Corporation, The Big Fix sends teams of volunteers to
assist homeowners with clean-up, landscaping, and small home repair projects.
Since 2010, HAC has mobilized over 250 volunteers and assisted 40 households in
Barnstable, Sandwich and Dennis.

 Kick-off 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.

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

 Volunteers 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.

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.

Get further information by contacting HAC Volunteer Coordinator, Mary Everett-Patriquin, at
volunteer@haconcapecod.org, or by phone at 508-771-5400, ext. 279.

Tags: volunteers, housing assistance corporation, Housing on Cape Cod, 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

Hundreds Celebrate HAC's Successes at Annual Meeting

Posted by Laura Reckford on Mon, Jun 03, 2013 @ 02:07 PM

 

The Rev. John Terry receives the Presbrey Public Service Award from Mark Forest, the 2011 award recipient.

Housing Assistance Corporation’s staff, volunteers, board members, donors, clients, friends and supporters—more than 250 people—filled a large banquet room at the Cape Codder Resort and Spa on April 25 to celebrate another year of supporting Cape Codders with their housing needs.

HAC’s annual meeting and volunteer recognition was a chance to applaud the dozens of dedicated volunteers who help the organization with everything from serving dinners at the NOAH shelter to cradling babies at Angel House.

The Reverend Dr. John Terry of the Federated Church of Hyannis received the 2013 Presbrey Public Service Award in recognition of his service to those in need on Cape Cod.

Two volunteers were singled out for their commitment to service. Scott Barron and Bob Zibbell, longtime drivers at the Village at Cataumet, were this year’s Volunteers of the Year recipients.

Barnstable Police Deputy Chief Craig Tamash was on hand to accept the Human Services Partner Award on behalf of his department’s officers for their sensitivity in dealing with the Cape’s homeless population.

The Cape Cod Media Center, which puts together the NOAH Telethon every December, received the Business Partner Award. Shepley Wood Products, HAC’s Business Partner Award winner in 2012, sponsored the event.

 

Tags: volunteers, housing assistance corporation, HAC Volunteers

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

Phone Volunteers Needed for NOAH Telethon

Posted by Julie Wake on Tue, Nov 20, 2012 @ 09:00 AM

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As the cold weather arrives, it is a reminder that the 9th Annual NOAH Telethon is right around the corner! We hope you’ll join us to volunteer on Wednesday, December 12.
 
As a PAL (phone attendant liason) in the Telethon’s on-air phone bank, you can share in a wonderful holiday tradition while you help others move “From Homelessness to Hope to Housing.” It’s easy!

1. Let your friends and neighbors know why you think it’s important to support NOAH.
2. Ask them to tune in to local cable channels 13 and 99 for this festive evening!
3. On Telethon night, bring along a list of these people to call for a donation.

Together, we can make 12-12-12 a night to remember! Help make the season brighter for those in need in our community. If you have questions or need more information, contact Mary Everett-Patriquin at volunteer@HAConCapeCod.org or 508-771-5400, ext. 279.

Mindy Todd of NPR station WCAI will return as the telethon host. Joining her as guest hosts will be HAC CEO Rick Presbrey, Philip Mangano (former head of the U.S. Interagency Council on the Homeless), Matt Pitta of WXTK, Paul Pronovost of the Cape Cod Times and HAC’s director of resource development Lisa Guyon. DJ Suzanne Tonaire of WGTX is lining up local musicians to provide entertainment during the telethon.

NOAH serves over 450 homeless men and women, through the winter and all year long, right here on Cape Cod. $45 provides one day of client services, including access to housing and employment services, two meals, a bed, showers, emergency clothing and special referrals. $540 provides a day of client services, once a month for a year.

The Telethon will take place at Cape Cod Community Media Center, 17 Shad Hole Road, Dennisport and will be shown live 4-9 p.m. on cable access channels 13 and 99 from Bourne to Provincetown.

Volunteer for the NOAH Telethon!


Tags: Homeless on Cape Cod, Homeless, volunteers, NOAH Telethon, housing assistance corporation, NOAH Shelter, volunteering

Annual Bob Murray Housing w/ Love Walk Kick off

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

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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….   

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

I Want to Walk!

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

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!

Tags: volunteers, Village at Cataumet, Carriage House