Generations of Hope 2021
The Cape Cod Council of Churches' Generations of Hope is this year reimagined as a virtual silent auction. It is scheduled to run from May 1 to May 8, 2021. Stay tuned for further details!
This has been a year of great challenges as together we face the Covid pandemic. With resolute spirit, creativity and hard work the Council of Churches' ministries have remained active. We have provided more diapers/wipes/formula, hot, nutritious meals/ bags of satisfying groceries/ and financial aid to families in need that ever before. Thanks to our intrepid staff and committed volunteers, we have managed increased need while doing all we can to assure safety for all.
As May Day approaches, we celebrate Spring and the renewed hope that it promises.
In mid-March, the Council, Osterville Methodist Church and the Hyannis Rotary Club joined forces to assist our colleague Rosalind Goode (Elder Services Intern at A Baby Center) move into her new apartment. Together, we provided Rosalind with all the necessary furnishings, beautiful bedding supplies plus kitchen items and gift cards to help provide for essentials. All resulting in much joy, as you can see! Rosalind asked us to share her story, which follows. Thank You to Osterville Methodist Church and the Hyannis Rotary for all!
Hands of Blessing Flow
Let me introduce myself, my name is Rosalind Goode. I would like to share my little story about how almighty God used hands of blessing in my life through his amazing Grace. I had to move and it wasn't easy as far as my living situation. I felt alone, in darkness, didn't know when all this would end. All I could do is keep praying and praising God over and over and speaking my new apartment into existence.
Guess what? My apartment came through, praise Almighty God. Though I never was on a one-bedroom waiting list, I received a letter saying my name came to the top of the list for a one-bedroom. Jesus - now I am writing this letter to let people know you're not alone. God has a way of putting the right people in your life if you believe in Jesus will make a way out of any situation. Because he sent hands of blessed folks to my home. I was so overwhelmed, never met these folks, but they were all here bearing gifts of all kinds, even gift cards. I can't explain how it felt but it was a wonderful thing to experience. Hands of blessing flow - turned my apartment into a beautiful home. Never give up on hope, someone is always there. Just believe!
Hands of Blessings Flow -
Hands of Hope Food Pantry and Outreach Center
We are working our way toward Easter. Please consider donating any of the following items. We thank you so much for all your help this winter!!
Mayo, ketchup, mustard
Cake or brownie mix
Crackers or cookies
Pasta (we have plenty of spaghetti)
Rice a roni or pasta roni
Boxed scalloped or mashed potato
Stove top stuffing
Spam or canned meat
If you can provide us with some small hams for families to prepare an Easter dinner that would be wonderful. We also have some gift cards left from Christmas we can offer. Thank you for collecting those!
Donations accepted Monday and Friday 10-3 or Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 1-3 or call us to make other arrangements.
Also, Hands of Hope has been selected as the featured charitable organization for the month of April by the Stop & Shop store in East Harwich! Every purchase of their "Bloomin' 4 Good" bouquet will result in a $1 contribution to Hands of Hope. Who doesn't need some extra flowers in Spring?!
Program Director, Hands of Hope
Covenant to Care for Foster Families
It is with such delight that we announce that we are welcoming our own Sarah Shrauger into her new role as Program Director for Covenant to Care for Foster Families!
Sarah has been a valued staff member as a Program Assistant at A Baby Center for the past 4 years. During that time, she has made countless families feel safe, welcomed and cared for. Sarah's personal traits and history, as well as her professional skills will serve vulnerable foster families equally well. We are so fortunate to have her stay with the Council and assume this leadership role.
Robin Hayward writes of her enthusiastic support for Sarah:
It is my great pleasure to support and applaud Sarah Shrauger for being hired into her new role as the Program Director of Covenant to Care for Foster Families! It was a God moment when Sarah came on board at A Baby Center and I can only hope that she will continue to bless the families she works with in her new position for the Council of Churches. Sarah will be sorely missed but we are so happy for her and you as you begin this new journey! Congratulations!
~ Robin Hayward, Director A Baby Center
Faith Family Kitchen
There is new leadership on board at the Faith Family Kitchen! We would like to introduce our friend and colleague Cathy Cugini, who is directing all Kitchen operations on an interim basis. Cathy served as our first Chef/Director of FFK when we opened the newly built commercial kitchen in 2016. We thank her sincerely for her return.
We would like to thank Jeni Wheeler for her service at FFK as she moves on to new ventures. We are all aware of the heart and soul that Jeni has poured into her work with the Kitchen. Her energy and flexibility have served thousands of our Cape neighbors with nourishing meals. We wish her Godspeed in her new endeavors.
A Baby Center
Larry Brown is a friend to the Council, a retired teacher at Cape Cod Academy, and a columnist at the Cape Cod Times. Last week, his column, Nothing is Impossible to a Willing Heart, alluded to the experience of one of his Chinese students with A Baby Center:
"...Angela came here like so many, saying her old teachers never asked her what she thought about anything. She was frightened, lonely, half a world away from everything she’d ever known. Her childhood had been painful and difficult. As her senior project, she volunteered at the Cape Cod Council of Churches’ Baby Center, helping poor mothers find clothing, Pampers, formula and simple support. Coming from China’s “one-child” policy, she wondered why women had babies if they couldn’t afford them. A woman answered her.
'This child,' she said, 'is the only wealth I have. She is my fortune, my treasure.' "
Read Larry's column here
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