We welcome Trish Alexander on the right and Lori Feenstra on the left to our team as part time Program Assistants! These ladies have taken on the challenge of serving our clients and are doing so well in their new roles! Please come by and say hi and welcome these women to our program!
ABC welcomed clients into the building for our Client Appreciation and Care Day on October 5, from 10am to 2pm. Vendors who support this program are: Cape Kids Meals, Capabilities Farm, Read Happy, Bombas Socks, and the MSPCA! Pictures to come!
As we plan for Christmas, A Baby Center is switching gears: Each Family will receive a $50 gift Certificate to a grocery store and a $50 gift certificate to either Target, Cape Cod Mall or TJMaxx.
Please help us to fill this need as we have many clients with young families. Donations should be made using our donation button on our website at ababycenter.org or by sending a check to A Baby Center 320 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601. Gift Certificates can also be dropped off to Kelly Lerch or Robin Hayward during open hours at A Baby Center, located at 81 Willow Ave, Hyannis.
Covenant to Care for Foster Families
Throughout the summertime and this fall, Covenant to Care for Foster Families has been present in local events, doing tabling and networking with the community about our services and those of the Cape Cod Council of Churches as a whole. Following are the events where Covenant to Care was present:
- Unity Day on July 29, 2022 @ Hyannis Village Green
- Presented Covenant to Care Program at Cape Cod Covenant Church in Brewster service on July 31
- Amplify POC Vendor Market on August 20 @ Aselton Park
- Outreach event on September 25 @ First Congregation Church in Falmouth
- 22nd Annual Community Breakfast of Independence House on September 30 @ the Cape Codder Resort
- No Place for Hate 3 year celebration on October 2 @ Barnstable Unitarian Church
- We Can Community Breakfast on October 6 @ Cape Codder Resort
- Presented the Covenant to Care Program to guidance counselors @ the Barnstable High School teacher learning day on October 7
Doing outreach in our community events and visiting churches, civic groups, and other agencies has been a great experience! We have been able to connect to our community in different ways, offering our services and also acquiring support for the program. I will continue to do outreach; if you have an outreach event at your congregation or civic group, please consider inviting us.
If you know a foster family, please tell them about this great program that is available for them. Also, if you are a member of a congregation or civic group that would like to volunteer, please contact Natalia Albino Frois at 774-487-2369 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information we can come to a service in your congregation to explain about the Covenant to Care Program or to a meeting in your agency.
Natalia Albino Frois
Director, Covenant to Care for Foster Families
Faith Family Kitchen
We are practicing Farm to Table meals at Faith Family Kitchen!
This past week we enjoyed a Tex-Mex corn casserole thanks to Cape Abilities and their donation of a bushel bag of wonderful, sweet local corn, as well as bell peppers. Also in this dish were jalapenos and parsley from the community garden right here at the Faith Assembly of God Church.
A different twist on farm to table comes from our volunteers from Harwich-Dennis Rotary. Each fall, Jeff and Laura Eldredge host a fundraising party on their farm. This year they have donated all the fixin’s for a cookout on Wednesday, October 5 at Faith Family Kitchen. Rotarian Lynne Galanis (one of the hard-core “pandemic” team of volunteers) provided pasta salad and homemade sweets. Brad Boyd rolled in with his long grill (as he has done once a month since spring) and cooked right outside with our guests, which they love!
We’ll be keen to see what else the fall harvest puts on our table!
Interim Chef/Director, Faith Family Kitchen
Hands of Hope Food Pantry and Outreach Center
Holiday Requests at Hands of Hope
Thanksgiving and Christmas are special times for our clients and donors. And it is with great pleasure and joy that Hands of Hope can offer assistance with both special food packages and Christmas gifts.
Currently, we are working with our partners to purchase and also receive as donations, all the food and gifts we will need to have in place in order to assist the many applications we receive for these programs. Please consider donating food from our list of needed items (see below) or help with a turkey.
Beginning October 1st
, we are happy to accept any donations of holiday food. Beginning November 1st
, we are happy to assist anyone requesting help in our Food Pantry with food and turkeys until we close for Thanksgiving. Families and any one in need of Holiday assistance should come directly to our Pantry Monday and Friday 10-3 and Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 1-3. We are closed Friday November 11 for Veteran’s Day.
Also beginning November 1st
, we are happy to accept names of families who would like to make an appointment for Christmas assistance. Please call our Center at 508-432-1312 after Nov.1. Dates, times, and location for the Christmas program will be available at that time. Please call us if you or your Church is willing to donate Christmas gifts or volunteer to help out with this special program. We will have more updated information on November 1st.
If you can donate, the following is needed in our food pantry. We are planning for the holidays:
- Pasta sauce
- Spaghetti and macaroni
- Macaroni and cheese
- Kids snacks
- Boxed potatoes
- Boxed stuffing
- Cranberry sauce
- Chicken and turkey gravy
- Bisquick or corn muffin mix
- Pie crust mix and pie filling
- Crackers and cookies
Food donations are accepted Monday and Friday 10-3
or Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 1-3
. Or call us to make other arrangements.
Gift cards or checks for turkeys (made out to Hands of Hope Outreach Center) can be mailed to us at 49 Route 28, PO Box 387, West Harwich MA 02671.
Special thanks to members of the Hands of Hope Advisory Committee for their support!
Director, Hands of Hope Food Pantry and Outreach Center
Homeless Ministries -
Youth StreetReach & Here Now Ministries
Our first breakfast of the season was a wonderful experience of God’s grace. It was pouring rain outside but our 45 guests enjoyed a great meal inside the First Baptist Church. Thanks to all our volunteers especially the crew from St John Paul II High School. Five senior students have made Youth StreetReach their Senior Project so they will be around all year. This is our 15th year and we just realized that many of our youth volunteers were not born when we started! Hopefully this program will go on for many more years. Our next breakfast will be Saturday November 12th and we can always use help and donations. Especially needed are new clean white socks and long underwear. Contact Marilyn Lariviere 508-776-6059 email@example.com if you would like more information on how to help.
Director, Homeless Ministries
Here Now Ministries
Here in the heart of God,
Equal before God and each other,
Rejoicing as one,
Engaged in spirit
Our ministry continues to outreach folks in the Hyannis area who are seeking fellowship and a reminder that they worthy of respect, worthy of compassion and that they are loved with a love beyond all understanding. Our services include music, opportunities for reflection, prayer and then a communion service that is inclusive in a world where people experiencing homelessness are so often excluded. In all the work that I do both through the Council and at Duffy Health Center, one of the things that I hear most desperately expressed is loneliness. People that are experiencing homelessness are too often shunned; cast aside by the dominant society. This can create a sense of thwarted belongingness and burdensomeness that often leads to severe depression, substance abuse, and suicidal feelings.
Our ministries' primary mission is to be a place of compassion and connection. We, as Christians, are informed by the work of Christ and then continue his work by being a healing presence with those who are hurting, hungry, and isolated. This is not about ministry “to” a particular group, it is an opportunity to be “with” folks in worship and in fellowship.
I hope that people in our community would consider not only donating to our homeless ministries, but also staying and talking with people that come to our services, letting them know that we see the Christ in them, and showing them God’s love through our compassion.
Winter donations being accepted: Sweatshirts, Sweatpants, Blankets, Cumberland Farms gift cards, Dunkin Donuts Gift Cards. Contact Rev. Pam Wannie to make donations firstname.lastname@example.org
Outdoor Services to be held on October 30, 2:00, November 20, 2:00. In December we will participate in the Homeless Persons' Memorial Service to be held on December 21.
Pastor for Homeless Ministries