May 2016

So many good things are happening as we greet the month of May.  

Within the past 24 hours, 4 agencies collaborated to respond to a request that came in to the Council of Churches for a bicycle for a 6 year old child in need.  Within hours, we had a bike on its way to this child who had just celebrated a birthday.  We thank the MSPCC, Team M25, The Salvation Army, Cape Cod Hospital and our own outreach worker, Bob Lynch for making this possible. 

Again in a spirit of collaboration, the Council is coordinating an effort to make emergency supplies accessible around the clock to the Barnstable Police Department as they work with people on the street.

And at the Faith Neighborhood Kitchen, the sun is shining on us as we see the beginnings of our remodeled kitchen at Faith Assembly of God.  The window came out, the dividing wall went up, and the demolition of the old kitchen by our wonderful Habitat for Humanity volunteers happened.  Construction work is now in full swing and we are operating out of a temporary space as the new kitchen takes shape before our eyes!  It has been a long time in the planning and we have been so blessed by so many of you helping to make this happen.  Thank you. 

Council Board member, Jimmy Dishner and his demolition crew!

Together we make a difference in people's lives. 

Edye Nesmith
Executive Director
Cape Cod Council of Churches

Council Events To Look Forward To:

A Baby Center Mother's Day Appeal
May is the month of Mothers and babies, so what better way to honor your mother, grandmother, godmother, sister or child than with a donation to the Council of Churches' A Baby Center Mother's Day Appeal?  A Baby Center provides free essential goods to families with babies from birth through age 3. Eligible (WIC) parents can receive diapers, wipes and clothing once a month at our Hyannis location in the back of The Federated Church, at 81 Willow Ave.  Satellite locations in Chatham, Mashpee and Falmouth provide diapers and wipes.  Please click
here to access the website to donate to the Mother's Day Appeal or call us at 508-771-8157.  
Happy Mother's Day!

Did you know?
The following products are not covered by WIC or SNAP (food stamps):
Diapers, baby wipes, toilet paper, laundry detergent, toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss, soap, feminine products, deodorant, hair-care products, lotion, powder, sunscreen, lip balm and cleaning products.  Simply take a moment and imagine how the quality of your family's life would be changed without these products.  We appreciate your help to get these necessities to local families through A Baby Center and our Hands of Hope Outreach Center.

Safety in Places of Worship
On Thursday, May 5 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., the Cape Cod Council of Churches and the Federated Church of Hyannis are co-sponsoring a seminar that covers the basics of safety in places of worship.  The seminar will take place in Baldwin Hall at the Federated Church of Hyannis which is located at 320 Main Street, Hyannis.  Please RSVP to Rev. Dr. John Terry at if you will be attending. 

First responders will be on hand to discuss:
·  What to do if there is an active shooter?
·  What to do if there is a fire?
·  What to do if there is a medical emergency?
·  What to do if there is a psychiatric emergency?
·  What to do if there is a natural disaster?

Please click
 here for more information and a printable poster.

CD Release Celebration
A concert to celebrate the release of Chris Morris' new solo album, Our Faithful Shepherd: Songs of Peace, will take place on Saturday, May 7 at 7:00 p.m. at Brewster Baptist Church.  Admission is free!  CDs will be available for purchase with all proceeds to benefit the Homeless Ministries of the Cape Cod Council of Churches.  For more information or directions, contact Brewster Baptist Church at 508-896-3381. 

Community Events To Look Forward To:

Active Parenting of Teens and 'Tweens Workshop
The Cape Cod Family Resource Center is presenting a workshop to help direct the challenges of raising a teenager into opportunities for growth.  The workshop will be held at the Cape Cod Family Resource Center at 39 Bassett Lane in Hyannis on Tuesday, May 3 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Childcare/Teencare and dinner will be provided.  Please contact Terriann Polumbo at or 508-815-5074 to register.

Multicultural Interfaith Service 
Song, dance, and inspirational words from many backgrounds will be showcased at the annual Cape Cod Interfaith Multicultural Service on May 5.  
Cape Cod Interfaith Coalition will conduct the lively interfaith service from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, at The Cape Cod Synagogue, 145 Winter Street, Hyannis. The celebration will include singers, poets and musicians representing a variety of spiritual traditions. The theme of this year’s celebration is “One world.”  The uplifting, inspirational service will showcase the spiritual and artistic diversity of Cape Cod.  The Cape Cod Interfaith Coalition has been presenting ecumenical gatherings for many years and stresses that people from any spiritual tradition are welcome and should feel comfortable at its events.  “We honor, respect and celebrate all religious traditions,” said James Kershner, a Buddhist representative on the Coalition’s Leadership Council.  Please click
here for more information and a printable poster.

Cape Cod Healthcare Announces May Blood Drives
Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital are in need of blood donations, and numerous blood drives are being held across Cape Cod in May to benefit Cape Cod Healthcare. Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital must have at least one week’s worth of blood on hand at all times. Since each unit collected or purchased will only last between 35 to 42 days, it is a constant challenge to maintain a sufficient supply. All blood types are needed. All blood collected at CCHC Blood Drives stays on Cape Cod to help our families, friends and neighbors.  

Please click
here for a schedule of blood drives for the month of May.

Cape Cod Healthcare Blood Center Platelet Donation Program
Blood isn’t just a single gift. Its parts – platelets, plasma and red blood cells – provide several distinct gifts a donor can give to a patient. Cape Cod Healthcare’s Platelet Donation Program will enable donors to have their blood separated into these individual components. Cape Cod Healthcare performs 600 platelet transfusions a year between our hospitals in Hyannis and Falmouth. Platelets are particularly useful to patients who need help with blood clotting, or to those patients with weakened immune systems.  

Please click
here for more information about this program.

Join high school aged youth of faith from around New England in an opportunity to educate, energize and organize around church-based responses to climate change and environmental injustice on May 14 from 9 a.m. - 5p.m. at Edwards House Meeting and Retreat Center.  Learn from young leaders and one another through worship, workshops, sharing meals together and more.  The MACUCC is offering this event as a gift to its young leaders and ecumenical friends.  Any funds raised in excess of costs will help further the important work of New England Regional Environmental Ministries.  Please click 
here for more information.

March to End Domestic Violence
Sunday, May 15, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Cape Cod Synagogue
Join the ManKind Project of Cape Cod & Islands Community in a march to raise awareness and end domestic violence.  There will be a rally, march and refreshments with all proceeds to benefit
Independence House, Inc.  Please click here to see their facebook page.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Workshop
This will take place on Monday, May 16 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Eastham Methodist Church.  This workshop is intended to respond to the legal questions and needs of grandparents raising grandchildren.  Please come and have dinner with other attendees and visit the resource tables of other organizations from 5:00 - 6:00. Then attend the session while your grandchildren are cared for in a separate space.  Childcare provided by Cape Cod Children’s Place; Pre-registration required. Please click
here for registration information.

Free Community Dinner at Northside UMC
Northside United Methodist Church is hosting a free community dinner on Tuesday, May 17 from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.  The church is located at 701 Airline Rd in Brewster and all are welcome!  Please click here for more information.

Elder Suicide Prevention Training
This suicide prevention training led by The Samaritans on Cape Cod and the Islands is designed to reduce the incidence of suicide among adults age 55 and older.  This training is open to the public and is appropriate for anyone who has contact with older adults during their professional, personal or volunteer activities.  After the training, participants will be able to:  Understand the warning signs of suicide in older adults; develop strategies for early intervention and prevention;  identify risk factors, levels of risk, and protective factors for suicide in older adults;  learn effective methods for active listening and engagement with older adults who are suicidal.  This training is available free of charge.  Please click
here for more information, dates and a registration form.

The Samaritans On Cape Cod and the Islands Training
If you are interested in becoming a Samaritan volunteer, there is an upcoming crisis-line volunteer training that begins on May 23.  Please click
here to find out more about the dates of the class and contact information.

Cape Cod's Free & Affordable Family Fun Activities Info Session
Cape Cod Family Resource Center is offering two info sessions to showcase family fun activities on Cape Cod that are free and/or affordable.  The sessions will take place on Monday, May 23 at 10:00 a.m. and Thursday, May 26 at 5:45 p.m.  Both sessions will be held at the Resource Center at 9 Bassett Lane in Hyannis.  Please RSVP if you will be attending to 508-862-0600 x4.  Click
here for an informational poster.

Everytown Survivor Network
Everytown is committed to bringing survivors of gun violence together to build communities of support throughout the country.  Everytown provides opportunites in-person and online for survivors to connect with each other, honor the lives of their loved ones and create long-lasting bonds.  Please click here for more info and contact information for the Massachusetts team.

Spaulding Cape Cod Seeks Input for Online Survey to Assess Community Needs 
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod is asking for the community’s help as it conducts a Quality of Life survey.   Through the survey, Spaulding leaders hope to expand their understanding of the issues that affect residents, especially adults and children living with disability, seniors seeking to maintain their independence as they “age in place,” and people coping with chronic illness or other limiting conditions.  The survey is part of Spaulding’s Community Health Needs Assessment process, which identifies health care needs and quality of life issues facing residents in our communities.  The survey is completed anonymously and is accessible online through May 22.  Click on 
Spaulding Hospital Cape Cod Quality of Life Survey 2016 to access the survey.  For information, or to request a printed survey and return envelope, please call SCC’s Community Relations office at 508-833-4006.

Career Opportunities for Out of School Youth and Young Adults
Career Opportunites is Cape Cod's one stop career center.  Cape Cod Young Adult (CCYA) program offers jobs, skills training, Hi-Set (GED) preparation and remediation, and career guidance/support for out of school youth and young adults (ages 16-24).  Please click
here for more information about this opportunity to open doors to a career.  Organizations that are in need of employees or that have a candidate for the program may also contact Career Opportunities regarding this program at (508) 771-JOBS (5627).

The Cape Cod Council of Churches thanks you for donating so that we can continue to help our neighbors in need. 


Upcoming Events

May 3, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Active Teen Parenting Workshop
Cape Cod Family Resource Center
39 Bassett Lane, Hyannis

May 5, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Safety in Places of Worship
Federated Church of Hyannis
320 Main Street, Hyannis

May 5, 7:00 p.m.
Multicultural Interfaith Service
Cape Cod Synagogue
145 Winter Street, Hyannis

May 7, 7:00 p.m.
Chris Morris' CD Release Celebration
Brewster Baptist Church
1848 Main Street, Brewster

May 14, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Edwards House Meeting and Retreat Center
1 Badger Rd, Framingham, MA

May 15, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
March To End Domestic Violence
Cape Cod Synagogue

145 Winter Street, Hyannis

May 16, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Workshop
Eastham Methodist Church
3200 State Highway, Eastham

May 17, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Free Community Dinner
Northside United Methodist Church

701 Airline Rd, Brewster

May 23, 5:45 to 8:45 p.m.
Crisis-Line Volunteer Training
First Session
The Samaritans on Cape Cod and the Islands

May 24, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Elder Suicide Prevention Training
Johathan Bourne Public Library

Save the Date!
August 13, 5:30 p.m.
Generations of Hope:
A Benefit for the Cape Cod Council of Churches

Watch for Details!
Dillingham House,

Barnstable Village

September 27, 4:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Cape Cod Council of Churches Annual Assembly
Location T.B.A.
Watch for more info!

Month of May
CCHC Blood Drives
Click here for schedule.

About the Council

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 6,500 Cape residents every year without regard for religious affiliation.
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.  Approximately 500 babies are served every month.

BRIDGE TO HOPE mentors women while incarcerated, then offers support upon release towards building new lives, centered on spiritual, mental, emotional and economic life skills.  Bayside Cottage is a transitional housing residence in Hyannis for Bridge to Hope clients who, upon release, may stay for up to six months while  securing employment and permanent housing.

COVENANT TO CARE matches a Cape & Islands congregation with a Foster Care Family in order to support that family and the children in its care.  This program works with the Cape’s MA Dept. of Children & Families District Office.

FAITH NEIGHBORHOOD KITCHEN serves hot, nutritious meals to our food insecure neighbors three evenings a week in Hyannis.  Volunteer congregations have prepared, transported and served over 600 meals a week since 2012.
HANDS OF HOPE FOOD PANTRY AND OUTREACH CENTER provides critical emergency assistance to low-income families in the mid-Cape area (Mashpee to Harwich).  Assistance includes: food, clothing, small household goods, and financial relief to prevent evictions and homelessness such as emergency aid with utility and medical bills.

Street Outreach Ministry:  Reaches out to chronically homeless individuals, assisting with detox, shelter, clothing and medical referrals.
Hospitality Housing:  Serves men and women living in transitional housing with on-going case management as they work to obtain their goals, such as permanent housing.  In the past 10 years, 90% of these clients have maintained stable housing and not returned to homelessness.
Homeless Ministries Volunteer Services:  Coordinates church volunteers to provide support and companionship to formerly homeless individuals.
Youth StreetReach:  Offers opportunities for area teens to interact with our neighbors who were or are homeless.  The youth serve special breakfasts while they hear firsthand how each life path may lead to unexpected circumstances and how a community of faith and love can change lives.

PROTESTANT CHAPLAINS at Cape Cod Hospital and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital offer prayers, hope and comfort to patients and their families in their time of illness and recovery.



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