August - September 2019

The Cape Cod Council of Churches will reach the 60th Anniversary of our incorporation in 2020.  This important occasion provides cause to celebrate the remarkable history of the Council and also plan for a strong future. 

The Council holds a unique position on the Cape as a multi-service agency that operates from our ecumenical Christian mission, “Serving God by Serving Others.”  From our founding focus on hospital chaplaincy, to our current offering of six vital ministries that serve a wide variety of needs, the Council strengthens our beloved community.  We shelter, feed, clothe and support those who are struggling with limited finances and resources.  In doing so, we build strength, resiliency and hope.  We also build bridges between different churches, races, classes, political orientations and theological perspectives, among others. 

This is such important work, as gathering in common mission crosses lines that otherwise can separate and divide us. 

In preparation for this anniversary, the Council has been engaged in a thoughtful and meaningful process of strategic planning.  Working with a consultant, Mike Lavin, we are carefully considering the Council’s ongoing work in the midst of changing dynamics on the Cape and Islands.  We are considering many important questions.  How do we best "live into" our mission and role as a Christian faith-based human service agency that serves all, regardless of religious affiliation?  How do we grow our resources so that we can continue to meet increasing and changing demands for assistance?  How do we care for our wonderful staff and volunteers? 

At September’s Annual Assembly (Please mark your calendars for Sept 26th!), Mike Lavin will be providing an overview of this strategic planning work, and will share his findings thus far.  Please join us for this important conversation. 

We need one another.  We all do. 

Thank you for being a part of this good and sacred work.

Edye Nesmith
Executive Director

Council News

Our Summer Appeal is underway! Please help us help our neighbors in need.
We are so grateful for your contribution.

Donate to help your neighbors

All are invited to join us at our Annual Assembly on Thursday, September 26th!

A Baby Center
A Baby Center - the Cape and Islands Diaper Bank and a program of the Cape Cod Council of Churches – is proud to announce the opening of a satellite location on Nantucket.  
This new venture is made possible thanks to a community impact grant from the National Diaper Bank Network and a partnership with Family Continuity’s Nantucket Family Resource Center. Robin Hayward, Director of A Baby Center (ABC) and Paul Melville, Executive Director of the Nantucket Family Resource Center, located ABC Nantucket in a shared space within the Nantucket Family Resource Center location at 1 Freedom Square Suite B.
At ABC Nantucket, families can visit once every thirty days for diapers and wipes and small infant goods (a book or a toy).  Families may also special order a few outfits for their babies.  These orders are filled by caring volunteers at our Hyannis location, then delivered back to Nantucket for pick up the following week.  All services are provided free of charge.
A Baby Center Nantucket offers services to the Nantucket community every Wednesday from  10:00 am to 2:30 pm. Please call ABC Nantucket at 508-737-5406 with questions regarding services, appointments, and volunteer and donation opportunities. 
Generous donors are contributing to this much needed service. Cape Air/Nantucket Airlines is providing flights to the Island for personnel, and Site One Landscaping is offering storage and transport of bulk shipments of diapers. The Cape and Islands United Way and the League Club are helping to fund the program. 
“We need all the help we can get,” mentions Robin Hayward. “Expenses for the purchase of diapers and wipes are not included in the grant, and the costs for transportation will surpass allowances in the grant.” The program is also in need of bulk diaper storage on the Island.  If you would like to make a donation to support A Baby Center in its mission to serve families with infants aged from 0-4 years with critical basic health and wellness needs, donations can be mailed to: 320 Main Street, Hyannis, MA 02601 and earmarked ABC Nantucket.
Said of Opening Day on June 12, 2019:
“Today has been years in the making! We are so happy to be here and so thankful for the National Diaper Bank Network and our partnership with Family Continuity and the Nantucket Family Resource Center.”
- Robin Hayward 
 “I am so glad you are here! You don’t know how much this means to me and my family."
- First client served at ABC Nantucket
Said of the collaboration:
“It just makes great sense - I have been a supporter of A Baby Center for many years!"
- Paul Melville - Executive Director of Family Resource Center
The Nantucket Family Resource Center is one of twenty-four such centers spread across Massachusetts. As part of this statewide network, they offer evidence-based parent education programs, parent support groups, early childhood services, information and referral resources and education for Nantucket families, regardless of insurance or income.  All services are offered to families at no cost! Visit their website at

Robin Hayward, ABC Director with Paul Melville, Executive Director of the Nantucket Family Resource Center (New home to ABC Nantucket)

First client served at ABC Nantucket “I am so glad you are here! You don’t know how much this means to me and my family."

Youth StreetReach
A wonderful time was had by all at our annual Cook Out on July 14! We had beautiful weather and were able to give away two bicycles to two lucky recipients. Thank you to all who helped make the day fun-filled.

Tom and Susan were thrilled to have their names chosen as the recipients of new bicycles.
They rode off in style with their new helmets!

Our friend Bo with new friends from the Barnstable High School National Honor Society 

Youth StreetReach will be having our Thank You Celebration on Sunday, August 18th at 3 pm in Baldwin Hall, Federated Church, 320 Main Street, Hyannis.  This is a thank-you to our volunteers, but all are invited to come and learn more about our program allowing teenagers (and adults) to serve and interact with our homeless friends.  Light refreshments will be offered. Contact Marilyn Lariviere for further information at or 508-776-6059. Click here to view the flyer.

Marilyn Lariviere
Director, Youth StreetReach

Covenant to Care
Save the date! The annual Benefit Event for the Fostering a Dream Fund will be held this year on Monday, October 7, 2019, from 6 to 8 pm at the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis. This is an exciting new venue for us. We will have the entire Museum to ourselves for fun and festivities. There will be appetizers, wine and soft drinks, as well as music, a silent auction and access to some unique art projects. We hope that you will join us. 

The Fostering a Dream Fund is a project of Covenant to Care for Foster Families, a program of the Cape Cod Council of Churches. 

Grace and peace,
Miriam Erickson
Director, Covenant to Care


Faith Family Kitchen

Faith Family Kitchen would like to extend an enormous thank you to Greg Botsivales, Peter Troutman, Jim from Yarmouth Pizza, and Harris Warren for installing our air conditioning units! We'd also like to extend a thank you to Eversource Energy, care of The Casual Gourmet, for donating 500 sandwiches and bagged lunches! We continue to be blessed by our community partners!

Tables full of donated food plus new AC units = Happy Guests!

Jeni Wheeler
Executive Chef/Program Director, Faith Family Kitchen

**Save the Date** for a recital by tenor David Won, to be held at the Federated Church, Hyannis, on Saturday, September 21, at 6:00 pm. More details to be shared soon. We are grateful for the freewill offering to benefit the Council.

Community News


…Behold, I am doing a new thing;  now it springs forth

Here Now Ministries is a new ecumenical ministry initiative founded by Rev. Pam Wannie and nested in South Congregational Church.  This ministry is dedicated to serving the disenfranchised in the Hyannis area; those who feel that they “don’t belong” or “cannot step into a traditional church setting.”  Pastor Pam has been working with people living with homelessness, substance use disorders, and mental illness through her chaplaincy work at Duffy Health Center.  There is frequently trauma, guilt and shame among this at-risk population and they often turn away from faith communities for fear of judgement or not fitting in.  Here Now Ministries meets people where they are and offers radical hospitality and radical acceptance in a setting that is both familiar and open ended.  Because we meet outdoors, congregants have the freedom to move around as they choose, stay for the whole time, wander in and out, or observe from a distance until they feel safe enough to join us.  Each service incorporates music, prayer, scripture and communion with a time for fellowship afterwards. Our goal is to offer healing, connection and community through worship.   We hope to involve many churches through music ministry and hospitality.  If you’d like more information or want to get involved please don’t hesitate to contact Rev. Pam at, or 508-612-6375.  You can also read about her work with those experiencing homelessness at     Our next services will be held at 4:00 on Sunday August 25 on the lawn of the First Baptist Church, 486 Main Street, Hyannis.

Ministry Team: Rev. Pam Wannie, Rev. Mary Hansen-Joyce, Rev. Jonathon Singer, Dr. Michael Smith

Low Cost Support to help Folks "Age in Place" at home on Cape Cod
There are 3 volunteer organizations on Cape Cod offering support to help folks stay in their own homes for as long as they can! They are:

1). "Nauset Neighbors" Helping seniors remain independent in Brewster • Chatham • Eastham • Harwich • Orleans • Wellfleet 
Helping seniors stay in their own homes and active in their community for as long as possible! They do what any good neighbor does. Providing rides to appointments; expand contacts with others through social visits; light household tasks; technical /computer assistance and other services to help with the complexities of life. Members pay a low ANNUAL fee: $75.00 single and $99.00 family/ household. Membership fee will be reduced or waived if it presents a hardship or an obstacle to joining. They are a nonprofit 501(c) (3) charitable organization. Contact: (508) 514-7067
2). Bay to Sound Neighbors: "Supporting residents of Yarmouth and Dennis to remain in their homes and communities safely and comfortably as they age.Providing: Transportation to and from medical apts, grocery shopping, hairdresser, library, etc. Community events. Technology Assistance: computer help, printer support, cell phone and tablet set up, tv remote, etc. Annual Membership fee $250.00 for an individual or $375 for a household of 2. Reduced membership fees may be possible in certain cases. Website  or call 508-470-0585.
3). Neighborhood Falmouth: " Helping Members Live Independently • Safely • Comfortably at Home. A community-based membership organization whose mission is to provide information and services that will help members live independently, safely, and comfortably in their own homes for as long as possible. Volunteers provide rides to appointments and for grocery shopping, assist with computers and other electronic devices, help with light household maintenance, and offer additional services. Contact: Call: 508-564-7543 or  

Volunteer Opportunity!
Coordinator for Cape and Islands Enough Abuse Campaign (part-time volunteer position)

Campaign Description: The Enough Abuse Campaign is a comprehensive state and community mobilization initiative working to build a movement of concerned citizens educated about child sexual abuse and engaged in direct actions to prevent it.  The Campaign’s mission is to prevent adults from sexually abusing children today, and to promote the healthy development of children and youth so as to reduce sexually abusive behaviors from occurring in the future.
Position sponsors are Cape Cod Neighborhood Support Coalition and Independence House. Hours would be 16-20/week; location is Hyannis, For more information on this position, please contact Brooke Eaton-Skea at or call 774-279 -3453.  Thank you.


On October 5, you have the opportunity to make a difference by volunteering at Housing Assistance Corporation's 10th Annual Big Fix-a-Thon in Barnstable! Get started by clicking the button below. 
                                                                Big Fix Volunteer CTA (June 2019)
Big Fix-a-Thon volunteers assist HAC by assisting seniors, veterans, and disabled residents with small home repairs on the day of the event. 

You are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible as volunteer spots will fill up quickly. Thank you for making our community stronger by giving back to those who need it most!

Upcoming Events

Thanksgiving Celebration
with Youth StreetReach
Sunday, August 18
3 - 4:30 pm
Baldwin Hall
Federated Church, Hyannis

Author Talk: The Accusation: Blood Libel in an American Town
by Edward Berenson
presented by the Jewish Book Council
Thursday, August 29
7:00 pm
Falmouth Jewish Congregation

Recital: David Won, Tenor
Saturday, September 21
6:00 pm
Federated Church, Hyannis
Freewill offering to benefit the Cape Cod Council of Churches

May We Forever Stand
presented by the
Massachusetts Council of Churches

Greater Framingham Community Church
Friday, September 20
12:00 pm and 7:30 pm

We Can Workshops and Programs
On-Going through August and September
Design Your LIfe
GROW: for Women Business Owners
Legal Workshop: Family Law
Legal Workshop: Divorce Boot Camp

Divorce Support Group

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 50 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 7,500 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.
Provides critical basic baby needs to income eligible families (WIC) for infants up to age four on Cape Cod and the Islands. The 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.

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