Creating opportunities for people to live, work, & thrive on the Lower Cape
On Wednesday evening over 170 supporters of the Community Development Partnership joined us for our 5th Annual Summer Evening on the Farm and helped us to raise $158,000 to support the work of the CDP!
My sincere thanks to our staff, Board and Advisory Council members and our sponsors & vendors who came together to make the night such an amazing success.
We honored Representative Sarah Peake for her tireless efforts on Beacon Hill securing funds for CDP programs including $100,000 for the Cape Community Housing Partnership. And for advancing important legislation that has extended the Community Investment Tax Credit program to 2025 and doubled the amount of tax credits available to the CDP to leverage increased support from individuals and businesses.
Former State Senator and Cape Air CEO Dan Wolf out did himself as our auctioneer by encouraging attendees to contribute over $120,000 to support our First Time Home Buyer and Housing Rehab programs.
My greatest thanks goes to Mara Glatzel and Cookie Hebert, new homeowners in Truro who shared their story and their gratitude for the support they received from the CDP. And inspired so many of our guests to generously support the work we do at the CDP to create opportunities for people to live, work and thrive on the Lower Cape.
Thanks for your interest and support,
Supporting Local Businesses
After a flood: turning wreckage into a reboot
"I knew then it was going to be life changing."
Katie Reed, Chequessett Chocolate
It was January. After months of preparation, it was time to load up the pallets for Chequessett Chocolate's winter adventure. This year, they were taking their made-in-Truro wares and three staff members to an international craft chocolate festival in Tokyo.
Katie Reed remembers leaving work at about 11:00 p.m. Sometime between then and early morning, when her business partner Josiah Mayo opened the door to their chocolate factory on Highland Road, a valve had cracked in the washing machine in the apartments upstairs. The place was flooded.
Standing in their newly reconfigured shop, Katie says, "I knew then it was going to be life changing."
find out how they turned wreckage into a reboot
|Providing Safe, Stable & Affordable Housing
An Affordable House, a Community to Call Their Own
"All of our planning and energy went into worrying where we would go.You live in fear."
Mara Glatzel and her partner Cookie Hebert are good at making plans and following through on them. They have both launched successful small businesses on the Outer Cape.
Even so, when it came to the search for an affordable place to settle into here, they struggled to turn their hopes and dreams into reality.
"When you l
ive in a place where you don't have housing, you live in fear," Mara says. "All of our planning energy went into worrying about where we wou
But Mara and Cookie persisted on the path to affordable home ownership. And they succeeded. We are so glad to have had the chance to help them along the way.
Here's how Mara and Cookie found their way home to Truro >
covering the Hidden Need for Affordable Housing on the Lower Cape
"I feel like the spirit of my work at the CDP really pointed me in the direction I'm hoping to pursue."
Two terrific interns joined us for eight weeks of work and learning this summer-Kathleen Fitzpatrick and Katherine Turner, both rising seniors at College of the Holy Cross.
They gave us a real boost in two different areas of our housing programs, and both of them tell us they came away with insights into the often hidden need for affordable housing in communities like ours.
We hope they'll also bring the experiences they had with us into their studies and careers. "I feel like the spirit of my work at the CDP really pointed me in the direction I'm hoping to pursue," says Kathleen.
Upcoming Events and Workshops
We are now in high gear...
1) Join our Team!
2) Sponsor one of our riders!
3) or volunteer at a water stop or as a flagger at Highland Road
The CDP has been chosen to be one of the beneficiaries of The Last Gasp - a 52 mile charitable bike ride from Sandwich to Provincetown.
Join us on September 16th!
Team training rides every Wednesday night at 5:30 from the CDP offices.
CORE Business Counseling
Looking for practical business wisdom? The CDP has arranged with Cape Cod SCORE to offer Individual Business Counseling with SCORE counselors right here in Eastham.
When & Where:
One hour mentoring sessions will be available on:
9:00 AM and 1:00 PM.
CDP Conference Room, 3 Main Street Mercantile, Unit 8 in Eastham.
This Place Matters
our bi-weekly radio & television show
92.1 WOMR & 91.3 WFMR
Join host Jay Coburn & guests to learn more
about activities affecting the people and places on the Lower and Outer Cape Cod.
Tom Johnson, of the Orleans Housing Committee, and Andrea Aldana, CDP's Director of Housing Advocacy discuss the results of Town Meetings and the significant gains for affordable housing.
Mara Glatzel, shares the journey to home ownership through the the CDP's First Time Home Buyer's and Housing Rehabilitation programs.
Nate Church of
discusses the benefits to being a Cape & Islands Green certified business.
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