MID CAPE — If you’re like most people, you could always use more room on your closet shelves. The Housing Assistance Corporation in Hyannis has the perfect solution.
“There are certain things we always need very much,” said Allison Rice, vice president of operations for HAC, which operates the NOAH Shelter and numerous transitional shelters for homeless single parents and families with children.
Towels and bedding, including sheets, pillowcases, blankets and comforters, top Rice’s list of “most wanted” donations. For those who wish to go a step further, new pillows are constantly in short supply. “At NOAH, Angel House and the Villages at Cataumet especially, blankets and pillows are desperately needed,” Rice said.
Angel House in Hyannis works with families recovering from alcohol or other drug abuse, providing a structured and secure environment where parents and children can be reunited and recover from the dual traumas of substance abuse and homelessness. Many of these children attend Barnstable and Dennis-Yarmouth schools.
“We have this constant need because when people move out, we let them take their bedding with them,” Rice said. “Health codes require that we give each person his or her own new pillow, so donations of new pillows are desperately needed.”
Non-perishable food items and canned goods are in short supply at the family shelters. “They go pretty fast, and families in crisis, with no permanent address, depend on direct donations for their food,” Rice says. “Just normal, family-size packages are so very much appreciated.”
Donations of linens and non-perishable food items may be dropped off at Housing Assistance Corporation, 460 West Main St., Hyannis.