April-May 2023

Easter Blessings.

This season comes upon us with humbled hearts and knees bent in prayer.  We are open to both pain and the joy as we relive the passion of Christ when he walked this earth.  We recommit to acting as Christ’s hands and feet now on this earth.  We are so grateful for:

        The joy of our Faith Family Kitchen staff upon recently welcoming a new family “that found its way to our Kitchen” for meals that feed the body and relieve worry for the soul.

         The seriousness and creativity of our A Baby Center staff and volunteers as they bridge language barriers with an influx of recent immigrants through the help of a homemade “Picture Notebook”.

         The commitment of Homeless Ministries to help successfully shelter neighbors during the severe cold snap in early February. 

         The gentleness of our Hospital Chaplain, bestowing ashes to both patients and staff at Spaulding Rehabilitation Cape Cod at the beginning of Lent. 

         The compassion of Covenant to Care, providing new beds to a foster family for the children in their care. 

         The satisfaction of all at Hands of Hope stocking shelves with thousands of cans of soup donated following “Souper Sundays”, which arrived at a time when other available food sources were limited.

        The celebration for a recent $25,000 gift of support for the Kitchen from the Yawkey Foundation, and for all who contribute time, goods and dollars to make the work of the Council possible.

We are filled with gratitude for renewal around and within us. 


Edye Nesmith 
Executive Director


Council News

Join us on April 29, 2023, when the Cape Cod Council of Churches will hold a very special in-person fundraising event – Generations of Hope – at The Sea View in Dennis Port, MA.

The theme of this year’s gala is “Jubilee 63,” as we celebrate our 63rd anniversary of providing for our neighbors in need. Plan to enjoy hearty appetizers, cocktails and fun games and prizes. From 5:00 – 6:00, select wines and beer will be complimentary. A cash bar will be available thereafter. To support the good work of the Cape Cod Council of Churches, we will feature wonderful offerings at a silent auction and the fun of Fund-a-Need opportunities. Purchase tickets by Wednesday April 19 at We hope to see you there!



Bass River Pediatrics
Bradford Realty Group
Cape Air
Cape Cod Five
DePaola, Begg & Associates, PC
E.B. Norris & Son
E.J. Jaxtimer Builder
First Church Sandwich
Horsley Witten Group
Mac Davis Flooring
Scenic Roots Garden Center
Shepley Wood Products


Council Program News

A Baby Center

March has been a busy month! A Baby Center hosted a Family Market Day on March 8, and about 70 families attended. We distributed helpful and essential items thanks to contributions from Cape Kid Meals, WIC, Barnstable Cooperative Extension, Read Happy, Capabilities Farm, and the MSPCA, who were all there to participate!

ABC Staff Trish, Kelly, Lori & Donna on Family Market Day!

   Troy Moore with Kelly & Robin        A young ABC client finds some books at the Market

This was our third Family Market Day - each one is better than the last. We were also happy to welcome Troy Moore, Chief of External Affairs, from the National Diaper Bank Network. The NDBN is a major supporter of A Baby Center!! They make it possible for us to purchase our diapers in bulk at a discount.

On April 9, A Baby Center will be the beneficiary of a fundraiser orchestrated by Lilly Pulitzer, which will donate 10% of its sales from its store locations from Boston to Cape Cod. We are delighted that our dear friend Dr. T. Berry Brazelton's granddaughter Adelaide Sutcliff reached out to Robin Hayward - this is our second year partnering together to make this fundraiser a success! As some may know, T. Berry Brazelton was world-renowned for the Day Time Emmy Award winning “What Every Baby Knows.” He was a beloved pediatrician who dedicated his life to parents and raising babies as well as to the indigenous peoples of America and their unique challenges. Dr. Brazelton was on ABC’s Advisory Committee until his death March 13, 2018.

Robin Hayward
Director, A Baby Center

Covenant to Care for Foster Families

Covenant to Care for Foster Families matches a Cape Cod and Islands congregation or civic group with a foster family to support that family and the children in their care. This program works along with the Cape’s District Office of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF). Liaisons, who are volunteers from congregations or civic groups, help the families with emotional support and other needs for the foster children in their homes. Foster families have been very grateful and have enjoyed participating in this program. The liaisons have shared that they have a rewarding and grateful feeling while working with foster families.

In addition to this support, the “Fostering a Dream Fund” offers small grants to cover special needs, such as sports fees, enrichment lessons, equipment, summer camp fees, etc. Foster families can apply to receive funding for each child in their foster care, up to a limit of $400 per calendar year. Please share with the foster families in your congregation this great opportunity to apply for financial assistance.
Doing outreach in our community events and visiting churches, civic groups, and other agencies have been great experiences and we have been able to connect to our community in different ways offering our services and also acquiring support for the program.

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

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

The Faith Family Kitchen continues to benefit from the generosity of so many people in our community.
  • Fran Bradshaw, Vinfen Homeless Outreach Team Lead, has coordinated volunteers to deliver weekly surplus food donations from McDonald's of South Yarmouth. These frozen items find their way into many of the meals and snacks we prepare for our guests,
  • Holly Rogers of Red’s Pet Food Pantry provided about 100 pounds of canned and dry dog and cat food to distribute. (So far there are definitely more dogs!)
  • Our program orders monthly from food wholesaler Sysco Boston. This month, long-time volunteer and Sysco manager Chris Lerch and our sales rep Michele Brooks brought a team of volunteers from Sysco to serve a nightly meal. Of course, we proudly prepared chicken parm and pasta to showcase the products we love from them.
  • Cotuit Federated Church has had an ongoing sock drive, appearing weekly with new socks which are gratefully taken as quickly as they appear.
  • Northside Methodist’s team brought home baked brownies to distribute as the nightly dessert.
  • First Church, Sandwich brought us fresh fruit.
  • Baybridge Clubhouse appears at our back door routinely with fresh produce for us.
  • Matt Lavesque continues to stop at our kitchen weekly with fresh produce, bakery items, and prepared sandwiches and salads from Trader Joe’s.
  • Andrea Marczely, Barnstable County Food Access Coordinator, delivers our meals to guests that Duffy Health Center has provided hotel rooms for. In addition she coordinates pick up of food rescue items from Target Hyannis, and soon Stop and Shop.
With all this good food at hand, we are so pleased to have many more people coming through our door. We still pack a large number of meals to go, but our “dine-in” crowd is growing. Everyone can feel the good energy to have our old AND new friends in our dining room again.

Cathy Cugini
Interim Chef/Director, Faith Family Kitchen

Judy Scarafile, a Trustee of the Yawkey Foundation, presenting a generous donation of support to Cathy Cugini, our Chef/Program Director of Faith Family Kitchen. THANK YOU!

Hands of Hope Food Pantry and Outreach Center

It has been a struggle for most of the winter keeping up with the amount of food needed in the pantry and for deliveries. In January, we were delighted to receive over 2500 cans of soup from six area churches as part of our "Souper Bowl" - thank you!  March has been a very productive month for donations. We thank you all for the support. A list of food items always requested besides the soup, rice, dairy, meat, vegetables and fruits we can provide is below. Thanks for collecting and dropping off to us. Gift cards are always needed as well. We are also hoping for a few more volunteers to help out in the pantry. Please call 508-432-1312 if you can spare 2-3 hours to give out food.

The following items are needed in our food pantry:
  • Pasta Sauce & Macaroni or Spaghetti
  • Cereal
  • Canned Peaches
  • Hash, Manwich
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Kids Snacks
  • Spam and Tuna
  • Hamburger Helper, Pasta Roni, Stuffing
  • Mayo, Ketchup, Pickles, Onions
  • Baked Beans                             Pantry volunteers Sherri Williams & Debbie Noonan
Food donations are accepted Monday 10-3, Friday 10-1, or Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 1-3. We are also open Wednesday 4-6 in the winter. Or call us at 508-432-1312 to make other arrangements.

The newest edition of “Touring the Thrift Shops of Cape Cod” brochure, produced by Hands of Hope, is currently being compiled. Shops that have been in the brochure before have been contacted and have until April 30 to send us their current ad. Reprinting is scheduled for may with new brochures ready for pick up late may or early June.

Visit our thrift shop which helps support operating expenses for Hands of Hope! Hours are Tuesday-Thursday and also Saturday 10-1. Accepting clothing, small furniture, jewelry, books, cookware, housewares, yarn, linens etc every day we are open. The shop has only 2 rooms but they are full of things to check out. Anyone who would like to volunteer, please call Cathy at 508-432-1312, We could use some more people in the thrift shop so we can be open more days or longer hours.

Thank you, and Happy Spring!!
Cathy Driscoll
Director, Hands of Hope Food Pantry and Outreach Center

Homeless Ministries -
Youth StreetReach & Here Now Ministries

Youth StreetReach
Youth StreetReach has continued to provide food, clothing, and hospitality for many individuals at our Hyannis location at the First Baptist Church.  Our next breakfast will be April 22nd from 7-9:30am.  If you are interested in volunteering please contact Marilyn Lariviere at or text 508-776-6069.  We always need groups of teens and adults to help with this program.

YSR founding member, Kelsey Collett Camire      Barber Frankie provided haircuts!         

Some of our youth volunteers!

We have some exciting news to share about expanding to the Falmouth area.  The poster below gives all the particulars. We are grateful to Danielle Dallis, Rev Jonathan Drury and the First Congregational Church of Falmouth for opening their doors to host a breakfast on May 27th. Join us! 

Marilyn Lariviere
Director, Homeless Ministries


Here Now Ministries
Thank you all for a very successful outdoor ministry service on Sunday, March 26..  We were able to reach out in love to over 10 folks, and help them to know that they matter, that they are Loved. I know we all have our individual stories to tell after each service and I wanted to share this one with you.
I checked in with a couple of folks who were on the steps and asked to be reminded of someone’s name.  He said his nickname and I responded “Oh right," and said his full name. He backed up and said “Whoa.”  Worried that I took a misstep in fully identifying him, I backpedaled a little and reminded him of how I would know that.  He said “Yeah, but I’m still amazed that anyone would care enough to know my whole name.” 

Friends, these folks that we worship with, these folks that we serve ….these folks are so touched by a simple thing, like remembering their name.  It is a reminder to me that what we so often take for granted is not so typical with folks who have been neglected, marginalized and cast aside by society. Thank you all for being a loving, compassionate, caring presence for these folks and for so many others.  
Next service:  April 23, collecting rain ponchos, waterproof blankets, NEW white socks.  Also, lunch, snacks, coffee, waters.
May 28th service, Memorial Day Weekend, we are suggesting a BBQ  lunch, simple stuff.  Hot dogs, hamburgers, individual bags of chips, cookies, watermelon, condiments.  We will also have the usual offerings of socks and toiletries, and start our summer T-Shirt collections for May, June, July, & August.
June 25, July 23, August 27:  Summer collections of Socks and T-shirts, sandwiches and snacks, lots of water.  I will bring a water bottle filling station so folks can fill their water bottles or have cups of water at the services and take water bottles with them when they go.
Thanks and Blessings!
Rev. Pam Wannie
Pastor for Homeless Ministries


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Community News

Important Upcoming Changes to MassHealth (Medicare) Coverage
MassHealth members will soon need to renew their health coverage. Fallon Health is working to inform their members about this important activity, and they also want to be sure that others who may be impacted are aware. As an organization that works with clients that are enrolled in MassHealth, Fallon Health wants to share the attached information with you to share with your clients so they are aware of the steps they’ll need to take to renew their eligibility for MassHealth coverage and avoid any disruptions to their care. More information is available in English and Spanish.


Looking for Summer Host Families for J-1 Visa Holders 

"J-1s" are international university and post-graduate students who come to Cape Cod to work under the State Department's Work/Travel USA Exchange Visitor J-1 Visa Program. The program was established to increase mutual understanding through these exchanges and by introducing these students to our country and ways of life. The intent is that they will return to their homelands with positive experiences of the United States. I personally believe that it's also a great way to minister to young people. Students form all around the world come to Cape Cod in the summer, so we don't have to go overseas on a mission's trip to meet and help people from other nations. We can simply open our home and our hearts for them while they are here on the Cape.

The Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce is currently looking for families willing to share their homes with one, two or more foreign exchange J-1 students coming to work on Cape Cod this summer! We want to clarify that J-1 student are very hard working young adults and they are responsible for their own transportation, their own food and household products. Hosting an exchange student gives you a chance to learn about new cultures, create lasting friendships and bring the world into your home and community. It's a great summer income opportunity as well- up to $150/week per student. Please go to the Chamber's website for more details.

Thank you!

Christina Arabadzhieva
Workforce Housing Coordinator 
Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce
5 Patti Page Way, Centerville, MA 02632
(508)362-3225 ext.503


April 27-May 1, 2023
Gregorian Chant Retreat: Chants of Easter


Experience the Gregorian chants of the Easter season. Participate in singing the Liturgy of the Hours at the Church of the Transfiguration, a basilican-style church filled with frescoes, mosaics, glasswork, stone carvings, and other works of art by local and international artists. Surrounded by beauty, retreatants will study together and enjoy opportunities for refreshment at this monastery that overlooks Cape Cod Bay. Chant basics and history will be offered, and all meals and accommodations are included.

Parish Nurse Conference (In Person) Manchester, NH
Thursday, June 8, 2023

The 23nd Annual Conference for Parish Nursing and Health Ministry: Recognizing Our Need for Community and Connectedness will be held at Saint Anselm College, Gadbois Hall, Manchester NH. Contact hours: 5.5 • Fee: $139, includes continental breakfast and lunch. Detailed brochure available, or please contact Lisa Freeman at for further information.


The 54th Annual Church Office Professionals Conference
Sunday, June 11 - Tuesday, June 13, 2023
Craigville Retreat Center 
Centerville MA

For over 50 years, the interdenominational Church Office Professionals have gathered annually for professional development, to share insights and offer help with this demanding yet rewarding calling. All are welcome! The registration form is available here. If you have questions, please contact Debra Sue Richters at


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About the Council
The Cape Cod Council of Churches serves people of all ages from Cape Cod and the Islands who are facing some of life's most difficult challenges.  We have been privileged to serve our neighbors for over 60 years, meeting people at their points of critical need and helping them move forward to greater stability.  We are able to impact the lives of over 8,000 residents each year through the Council's six different programs and the work of over 400 volunteers.  With the help of churches and our community our mission comes to life, "Serving God by Serving Others," as we offer practical assistance, spiritual support and hope - all without regard for religious affiliation.
A BABY CENTER, Nantucket

Provides critical basic baby needs to income eligible families (WIC) for infants up to age four on Cape Cod and the Islands. The Hyannis Center serves over 500 babies each month.  Families receive diapers, wipes, formula, gently-used clothing and other baby necessities.

Matches a Cape & Islands congregation with Foster Care Families, supporting those families and the foster children in their care.  This program works in partnership with the MA Dept. of Children & Families.

Provides hot, nutritious meals to our food insecure neighbors three evenings a week in Hyannis.  Volunteer congregations and community groups help to prepare and serve free meals each Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Offers 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.

  • Here Now Ministries’ mission is to build bridges between our local housed and unhoused communities. Our monthly worship gathers on the lawn of the First Baptist Church of Hyannis, rain or shine.
  • Homeless Ministries Services offers short term emergency shelter for families and individuals facing homelessness.
  • Youth StreetReach enables teens to interact with our homeless neighbors by serving a meal and hearing firsthand how a life's path can lead to unexpected circumstances.

Sponsors a Chaplain at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital who offers prayers, hope and comfort to patients and families in their time of illness and recovery.
Leave Your Legacy on the Cape! Did you know that you can support The Cape Cod Council of Churches through a gift bequest in your will or living trust? A simple charitable bequest can provide very meaningful support to our mission as well as reduce the amount of estate and inheritance taxes paid. Bequests may be specific dollar amount or a percentage. It’s an easy and wonderful way to support the work of the Council.

You can also designate a portion or your entire required minimum distribution from your IRA to a charity and avoid paying taxes. Donors over age 72 are permitted to transfer to charity up to $100,000 per year directly from an IRA without counting it as income on their Federal Income Tax. If you would like bequest language or more information on making a gift from your IRA, please contact Laurie Goddard at Laurie is a professional financial advisor and serves on the Council's Development and Finance Committee.

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