Serving God by Serving Others
For over 50 years, the Cape Cod Council of Churches has served low-income individuals and families throughout Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. Our mission, "Serving God by Serving Others," directs our many programs that touch the lives of over 6500 Cape residents every year without regard for religious affiliation. These programs include the following:
A BABY CENTER provides critical basic baby needs to income eligible families (WIC) for infants up to age three on Cape Cod and the Islands. Diapers, wipes, formula, gently used clothing and equipment are all provided for free to over 500 babies every month.
COVENANT TO CARE FOR FOSTER FAMILIES
matches a Cape/Islands congregation with a Foster Care Family, supporting that family and the children in its care. Parishes "adopt" a foster family in order to offer support and "extras" not covered by the state's financial allocation. We help fund such things as: summer camp, bicycles, eye glasses, etc. for these vulnerable children. Covenant to Care partners with the Cape’s Massachusetts Department of Children & Families District Office.
FAITH FAMILY KITCHEN serves hot, nutritious meals to our food-insecure neighbors three evenings a week in Hyannis. Volunteer congregations serve families and individuals at our renovated kitchen located at Faith Assembly of God Church on Bearses Way. Since 2012 we have relieved hunger by providing over 150,000 meals. Learn more…
HANDS OF HOPE FOOD PANTRY and OUTREACH CENTER provides critical emergency assistance to low-income families in need in the mid-Cape area (Mashpee to Harwich), offering food, financial assistance to prevent evictions and homelessness, emergency sheltering, assistance with utility and medical bills, clothing, and small household goods. Each year the Pantry provides food for over 2700 individuals and families, while over 45 households receive financial assistance.
Hospitality Housing serves men and women living in transitional housing with on-going case management services as they work to obtain their goals, such as permanent housing. Since 2005, over 90% of these clients have maintained stable homes and have not returned to homelessness. Church volunteers, coordinated by the Homeless Ministries Volunteer Manager, remain a key component of the Homeless Ministries program.
The Street Outreach Ministry plays a vital role in reaching out to chronically homeless individuals, providing assistance with detox, shelter, clothing and medical referrals. Our efforts have resulted in a reduction of the number of homeless on the streets, through a collaboration with police and fire departments, emergency rooms, Duffy, NOAH. VINFIN & the Salvation Army.
Youth StreetReach offers a unique and valuable experience ~ a chance for teens to interact with our brothers and sisters who have or are still dealing with being homeless. Youth hear firsthand how each life’s path may lead to unexpected circumstances and how a community of faith and love can change lives.
HOSPITAL CHAPLAINS at Cape Cod Hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital on Cape Cod, offer prayers, hope and comfort to patients and their families in their time of illness and recovery.
CONTACT: HOSPITAL CHAPLAINS
Rev. Mary Hansen-Joyce, CC Hospital
Rev. Jonathan Ahnquist, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital of Cape Cod
320 Main Street Hyannis MA 02601
BRIDGE TO HOPE helps women move from prison back into society with supportive mentoring and transitional housing.
Please contact the Council for information. 508-775-5073
Through these ministries, the Council has demonstrated its ability to identify unmet needs in the community, create a response to meet those needs, and partner with congregations as we serve our sisters and brothers in their time of troubles. The Council enjoys a solid relationship with faith communities that provide over 400 volunteers annually to staff our ministries and faithful financial support to ensure the continuation of our programs. These volunteers donate over 16,000 hours each year. The Council also receives support from private businesses, individuals, and community foundations. All of the Council's work on behalf of our local neighbors is made possible by the generosity of our community.
The Council co-sponsors community events including the annual Homeless Persons' Memorial Service, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Service of Commemoration, educational opportunities for clergy and lay workers and community forums.
"ON GOOD FAITH TV SHOW"
A monthly TV program is produced by the Council of Churches and airs on the Cape Cod Community Media Center station, Channel 99 . The program is hosted by Jonathan Ahnquist , former pastor of the First Lutheran Church of West Barnstable. Featured guests include religious and community leaders, as well as participants in health and human services organizations. The program provides information on a wide range of topics.
"ON GOOD FAITH" airs Tuesdays at 11:30am and Fridays at 7:30pm.
Council Director, Edye Nesmith and Pastor, Chuck Wildman
Cape Cod Council of Churches, 320 Main St., Hyannis, MA 02601
Phone: 508-775-5073 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cape Cod Council of Churches, founded in 1959, is a consortium of Protestant, Roman Catholic and other faith communities on
Cape Cod and the Islands.