Creating a Healthy Connected Cape Cod

Edition 281 | October 15, 2020
Welcome to the Barnstable County Department of Human Services'
E-Newsletter. This bi-weekly newsletter is designed to provide timely information on health and human service topics of interest for 
people living and working in Barnstable County.
The U.S. Farmers to Families Food Box program that has fed more than 3,000 families on the Upper Cape is now available on the Mid-Cape. There are (4) Events of Drive-Thru Food Distribution at Cape Cod Community College

We are thrilled with how our first distribution of Farmers to Families 32lb meal boxes from the USDA went. We’re honored to be partnering with Don Cox and the MA Military Support Foundation, who secured the grant that allows the food from the USDA to be distributed all over New England. John Cox and Cape Cod Community College partnering with us to allow distributions to happen on their campus and Matt Levesque working with the town to secure all the necessary cones and external assistance created the perfect trifecta! When great people and organizations collaborate, amazing things can happen!
Cape-Wide Rental & Mortgage Assistance

We are committed to keeping our community safely housed. If you or someone you know needs help with their rent or mortgage, please tell them to contact Housing Assistance today. 
For Immediate Release: Town of Barnstable Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG)

The Town has completed the 2019 program year for the Community Development Block Grant program and is preparing Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER) for the period July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020. The Town was awarded $278,102 in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to address the goals and objectives of the Town of Barnstable Consolidated Plan for 2015 – 2019. The CAPER is a year-end report that outlines the accomplishments of the Town’s CDBG program and is available for review and comment before the Town submits it to HUD for approval.
For Immediate Release: Town of Barnstable Notice of Substantial Amendment to Add Cares Act Funds to Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program

HYANNIS, MA – Public Review and Comment Period. The Town of Barnstable Planning and Development Department is accepting comments on substantial amendment to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 2019 Action Plan. The purpose of the amendment is to submit an application to HUD for $513,935 in CDBG-CV3 Cares Act funding. This is in addition to the $168,324 of CDBG-CV Cares Act funds received in July 2020. We are seeking input from residents of Barnstable on the use of the additional $513,593.  
Two Upcoming Grant Opportunities!

  1. Helides Education Fund
  2. McGowan Fund for Animals
Cape Cod Healthcare Seeks Community Benefits Grant Applicants

Cape Cod Healthcare (CCHC) is pleased to release its 2021 Annual Strategic Grant Request for Proposals (RFP). This RFP is part of an annual competitive grant process focused on addressing the unmet health needs of the residents of Barnstable County.
For Immediate Release: Community Health Center of Cape Cod Expands into Sandwich

Community Health Center of Cape Cod will soon be offering services at a new location at 90 Route 6A on Sextant Hill in Sandwich. This new office will enable the Health Center to provide convenient access to care for more than 1,500 current patients from Sandwich, and to allow even more individuals to access integrated care services.
Impact of Systemic Racism on Housing & Health Care

To learn more about the relationship between systemic racism and the current homelessness crisis in the United States, we encourage you to listen to this episode of Health Matters: Cape Cod.

We're joined by Bobby Watts, CEO of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council. Bobby provides an overview of the Council's work and strategic initiatives, including a brief lesson on the landscape of homelessness in the US. 
Grant Opportunity: The Falmouth Fund - Deadline December 1, 2020

PLEASE NOTE: The grant application process and deadline have changed for 2021. The Falmouth Fund is only considering general grants this year. Read the information below and the instructions on the application carefully.
Immediate Openings for Outpatient Services

Gosnold is Offering PHP, IOP and Other Outpatient Services Through Their Telehealth Virtual Platform.
Applications Available for Six New Affordable Homes!

Habitat for Humanity 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom
homes located at Murray Lane (93-97 Main Street) Harwich.

Application Deadline Tuesday, December 1, 2020.
Welcome to the Habitat Virtual Build! 

We are launching this Virtual Campaign to raise critical funds for our upcoming builds in Mashpee, Orleans, Harwich, and Falmouth. COVID-19 has made it difficult for us to incorporate all the amazing volunteers who are normally on our build sites, so we thought we could get volunteers and donors to help us virtually build a house. 

CLICK on house image to the left & find out how you can help!

The Yarmouth Community Preservation Committee is accepting Community Preservation grant applications for consideration at the April 2021 Annual Town Meeting. Applications must be submitted by October 22, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. Application materials are available HERE.

Notice of Public Hearing and Document Availability of Yarmouth CDBG PY2019 CAPER End of Year Report

The Town of Yarmouth has completed its 2019 Program Year for the U.S. Department of Housing and Development Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and is preparing its Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER). The report covers the period from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.
Now Offering Nursing and CME Continuing Education Credit Hours!
Mental Health and Aging Issues
$120, 4 CEs
For Immediate Release: Virtual Parkinson's Good Start Program

Join us for this virtual educational program designed for individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s
disease within the past five years. The Parkinson’s Good Start Program is a two-part series presented
by a team of Parkinson’s disease specialists from Boston University Medical Center and Spaulding
Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod. There is no cost for this program, but pre-registration is required.
This program is supported by the Parkinson Support Network of Cape Cod, a branch of the American
Parkinson Disease Association Massachusetts Chapter.
Many Opportunities Available!

Numerous opportunities to continue your education, click below to see all offerings.
Adult & Continuing Education at Upper Cape Technical School
Thinking about a career in healthcare or the trades? Explore all our courses and programs at
Free Virtual Sessions for People with Disabilities

The Arc of Plymouth and Upper Cape Cod is a leader in virtual support services, offering upwards of 40 unique opportunities for people with disabilities to participate in enriching Zoom sessions that focus on skill acquisition, socialization, and hobby exploration. We recognize the challenges and limitations that people have been experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic - many people with disabilities and their families are urgently seeking opportunities to stay engaged and active.

The Arc is pleased to offer this curated selection of free virtual sessions. Registration is open until November 6th and sessions will be available 30-days from the date you register
Calmer Choice Online Adult Mindfulness Course Beginning in October
Calmer Choice is offering two sessions of their online, 8-week program that provides skills and tools to support personal stress management and emotional health and well-being for adults during this trying time. Please email with questions.
NAMI Basics, a free 6-week course for parents and family caregivers of children and adolescents with emotional or behavioral issues
The Cape Cod Family Resource Center Continues to Offer Online Programming

All classes, support groups, or family programming will require registration. Please feel welcome to contact us after reviewing the October calendar and Dads’ Talk flyer with any further questions, or registration for our programs. We can be reached at 508-815-5100. 
Transgender Day of Remembrance

The Cape Cod Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 19, 2020 from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM. Join us for a virtual celebration of life to honor and remember the victims of anti-trans violence. Speakers including Michael Cox of Black & Pink, Jennifer Love of the National LGBT/HIV Criminal Justice Working Group, Lysetta Hurge-Putnam Executive Director of Independence House, Rabbi Elias J. Lieberman, and Angelina Resto.
Now Offering 'Fit To Be Kids' Virtual Programs

Fit To Be Kids is Spaulding's unique program designed to educate children and their families about physical fitness, nutrition and mindfulness through group activities and active learning. The Virtual program offers more flexibility and ease of participation through remote connection.
How to Navigate Your Mortgage During Covid-19 - Free Virtual Workshop Oct. 21, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Topics will include:

  • Payment Assistance Options
  • Forbearance or deferment
  • Restructuring a mortgage
  • Pros and cons of refinancing
  • How your mortgage affects your credit
  • What to do if you are already late on your mortgage
  • Time for Q&A
Social Media for Small Businesses - Free Virtual Workshop Oct. 29, 10am-12pm
This workshop will cover the basics of using Instagram & Facebook for business. We will teach you how to plan, manage and optimize your Instagram and Facebook to market your brand, grow your followers, and reach potential customers.
Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative News
Working to make Massachusetts a national leader in vibrant and inclusive age-friendly communities.
For Immediate Release: Social Security
Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for approximately 70 million Americans will increase 1.3 percent in 2021, the Social Security Administration announced today.
Transgender Social Support Group
Group is open to trans, non-binary, questioning, or other gender diverse identified people ages 18+. You do not need to be a Fenway Health patient to join, and the group is free to attend.

Group via Zoom (5:30-7:00 pm) meets on the first and third Wednesday of the month. Contact Ann at 
for more information and Zoom link.
Thrive! @ CIGSYA 
The LGBTQ+ youth group Thrive for youth ages 13 to 22 has been meeting virtually every Wednesday starting at 4 as a check in. We have weekly presentations from Thrive members and members of the community. This group is a safe space to discuss Gender, sexuality and race amongst other things. One Thursday out of every month we have a discussion on Race and Culture which strives to help educate people on these topics, especially with the current Civil Rights movement that is occurring. If you are interested in joining one of our meetings or interested in presenting on a topic, please email and include your name, the topic you are presenting and a brief description.

Many Opportunities Available!

Click below to view all positions.

Barnstable County COVID-19 Recovery Resources
COVID-19 can be difficult for all of us but especially for those in recovery. This might be exacerbated by people unable to attend their normal support group meetings or other recovery supports. Please click on button below to find local and nationwide resources related to substance use disorder and mental health. You can also call the MA Substance Use Helpline anytime at 800-327-5050.
Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment: COVID-19 Updates
Food Access & Resources During
Provincetown COVID-19 Resource Guide Available Online
Providing Support for Wellfleet Residents During The Pandemic
The Wellfleet Well Line (508-514-1633) is officially up and running. As a group of health care professionals, each with lifelong and varied careers, we came together to provide emotional support to the Wellfleet community during this trying time. 

We welcome the opportunity to help in any way, which includes the dissemination of updated health and safety information to the community. Having accurate information, gives us the ability to make informed decisions, it relieves anxiety and engenders trust in those in charge.
COVID-19 Test Site Locator

This map provides an easy way to locate a COVID-19 test site near you. All of those experiencing symptoms or those who have been in close contact recently with a COVID positive individual should seek testing.

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