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PROGRAMS of the Cape Cod Council of Churches

 

   Helping those in Need...

Thrift Shop Bridge to Hope A Baby Center 

 

 

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. 

CONTACT: A BABY CENTER
Robin Hayward, Program Director
81 Willow Avenue 
320 Main Street (mailing address)
Hyannis, MA 02601


BRIDGE TO HOPE mentors women while incarcerated, and then offers support and companionship upon release towards building a new life centered around spiritual, mental, emotional and economical life skills.  The Program enables women to reach goals of healthy, sober living and reducing recidivism. Bayside Cottage is a transitional residence in Hyannis for Bridge to Hope clients who, upon release, may stay for up to six months while securing employment and permanent housing.

CONTACT: BRIDGE TO HOPE
Gail Rasmussen, Program Director
320 Main Street
Hyannis, MA 02601 


COVENANT TO CARE 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.

CONTACT: COVENANT TO CARE FOR FOSTER FAMILIES 
Miriam Erickson, Program Director
320 Main Street
Hyannis MA 02601


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 newly renovated kitchen located at Faith Assembly of God Church.  Since 2012 we have relieved hunger by providing over 150,000 meals. 

CONTACT:  FAITH FAMILY KITCHEN
Tom Bayuk, Executive Chef/Program Director
154 Bearses Way
320 Main Street (mailing address)
Hyannis, MA 02601



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. 

CONTACT: HANDS OF HOPE FOOD PANTRY AND OUTREACH CENTER
Cathy Driscoll, Program Director
49 Rt. 28, PO Box 387
West Harwich, MA 02671


HOMELESS MINISTRIES
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 and 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.

CONTACT: HOMELESS MINISTRIES
Caroline Corrigan, Volunteer Program Manager
320 Main Street
Hyannis, MA 02601 

CONTACT: YOUTH STREETREACH 
Marilyn Lariviere, Program Manager
320 Main Street
Hyannis MA 02601


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, Cape Cod Hospital
Rev. Jonathan Ahnquist, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Cape Cod
320 Main Street
Hyannis MA 02601


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 sector 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.

The Cape Cod Council of Churches, founded in 1959, is a consortium of Protestant, Roman Catholic and other faith communities on Cape Cod & the Islands.  

The Council of Churches' main office is located at: 320 Main St., Hyannis, located in the Federated Church.
Phone: 508-775-5073 


For more Information: Call the Council at 508-775-5073 

Thank you for your prayers.  Thank you for your support of donated goods, finances, and time.



Cape Cod Council of Churches, 320 Main St., Hyannis, MA 02601 • Phone: 508-775-5073cccouncilofchurches@gmail.com

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