Two Local Groups Help Prevent Homelessness by Buying Food Certificates



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Since 1993, the Dennis-Yarmouth Ecumenical Council for the Prevention of Homelessness (D-YECH) mission has been clear: to raise money for HAC’s homelessness prevention programs. The mission, by all accounts, has been a resounding success. More than $1,000,000 has been raised, and hundreds of Cape Cod families have been helped.

Because of D-YECH’s effectiveness at fundraising for family homelessness prevention, the Barnstable Interfaith Council (BIC) was born in 2000 with the goal of helping individuals stay in their homes.

To raise money, both groups sell gift certificates to participating stores.  The stores sell gift certificates in bulk to D-YECH and BIC, which receive five percent on every $5,000 bulk purchase. The gift certificates are sold at face value to community members, and the five percent goes directly to HAC. That money amounts to several thousand dollars per month.

Gift certificates are available for the following stores:  Lambert’s (BIC), Shaw’s/Star Market (both), Stop & Shop (both), Ring Brothers (both), Peterson’s Market & Fancy's in Osterville (both), Roche Brothers (BIC), Country Garden (BIC), Cape Cod Natural Foods (BIC), Whole Foods (both), CVS (both), 99 Restaurant (both), Dunkin' Donuts (both), and Dennis Public Market (DYECH). 

PLEASE NOTE: Not all groups sell all types of gift cards. Please contact the specific church or business for a listing of what they sell. 

Where to purchase food certificates:



  • Dennis Union Church
  • First Congregational Church of Yarmouth
  • Northside Methodist Church (Brewster)
  • St. David’s Episcopal Church (South Yarmouth)
  • St. Pius X Parish (South Yarmouth)
  • South Dennis Congregational Church
  • South Yarmouth United Methodist
  • Yarmouth Friends Meeting


  • Cape Cod Five (Dennis & Yarmouth)
  • Cape Cod Co-Op (6A – Yarmouthport)
  • Cape Cod Co-Op (Dennis)
  • Housing Assistance Corporation (Hyannis)


For BIC:


  • Barnstable Unitarian Universalist
  • First Lutheran, Barnstable
  • Marstons Mills Community Church
  • Osterville Methodist
  • Our Lady of Hope
  • Our Lady of Victory (Centerville)
  • St. John’s Episcopal Church (Sandwich)
  • St. Mary’s Episcopal Church (Barnstable Village)
  • St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (Osterville)
  • West Parish of Barnstable
  • Swift Memorial Church (Sagamore Beach)


  • Housing Assistance Corporation (Hyannis)
  • CHAMP Homes (Hyannis)

Food certificates for BIC and DYECH can be purchased at HAC’s main office at 460 West Main St. in Hyannis.