Volume 274 | July 23, 2020

Creating a Healthy Connected Cape Cod

Edition 277 | August 20, 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.
Complete your 2020 Census Today!
Barnstable County is lagging in its response to the Census (47.2%, compared to 65.1% responding in Massachusetts). Census responses are vitally important to our future, as our responses directly inform how more than $675 billion in federal funding is spent. This funding is allocated to communities to support public health, education, affordable housing, and more. All residents should complete the 2020 Census regardless of citizenship.  Census information is protected by law.

Click HERE to see live map of self-response rate in Barnstable County by Census tract. The deadline for responding to the Census has been extended through October 31, 2020. Please pass along this information and link below to your networks, urging all to respond to the Census.
There Are 15 Towns on the Cape, But Just One Local Housing Assistance Agency That Serves Them All - One Form, Many Assistance Programs

Housing Assistance has launched a 100% online application for rental and mortgage assistance that enables clients to complete one application form to access multiple financial assistance programs. We have over $1,500,000 available to distribute to qualified, year-round residents including:

  • RAFT (Residential Assistance for Families in Transition);
  • ERMA (Emergency Rental and Mortgage Assistance);
  • Homebuilders of Cape Cod Fund;
  • Town specific funds;
  • And our own Workforce Housing Relief Fund;
Housing Assistance is the regional agency providing access to state and local assistance funds. We have trained intake staff working remotely with clients to determine the programs that are the best fit for that client’s particular situation, and help clients navigate the systems that are already in place. We are asking for your help spreading the word:

Additionally, if your town plans an RFP process for a new rental assistance program, please let us know. We would be happy to apply and help administer it. The Towns of Barnstable and Yarmouth have already selected Housing Assistance to administer their rental assistance program. We can make our public dollars go further by leveraging HAC’s infrastructure and efficiencies. Our agency already has the technology, processes, and expertise in place so that we can take action today!

9 Circuit Road North
South Yarmouth, MA

$1,350 a month
utilities not included

August 20, 2020 at 6 PM
By Interactive Webinar: 
By telephone: 
US: +1 312 626 6799 or +1 929 205 6099 

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY: Plymouth Redevelopment Authority
26 Court St, Plymouth 02360 
By 4 PM October 5, 2020
After the lottery, all newly qualified applicants shall be placed on the Ready Renters waitlist, at the end of the list, in the order from the lottery, and will be considered for other Ready Renters units in Yarmouth, Dennis, Orleans, Barnstable and Falmouth. 
Showering Our Community with Support as Parenthood Doesn't Wait for a Pandemic to Pass
During our 3rd annual Community Baby Shower, we provided 46 new and expecting moms with diapers, clothes, baby supplies, educational materials and so much more. Due to social distancing guidelines, we delivered care packages throughout the Cape rather than hosting an in-person event.
The Community Baby Shower is made possible by Women United, an affiliate group of the Cape and Islands United Way, a sponsorship from Cape Cod Five, ongoing partnerships with A Baby Center and the Sandwich Partnership for Families, as well as donations from individuals, local businesses and approximately 15 local agencies.
Adult & Continuing Education at Upper Cape Technical School
Thinking about a career in healthcare or the trades? Explore all our courses and programs at
Local Organizations Host DeeDee’s Cry Virtual Event - Mental Health While Black: A Panel Discussion
"Mental Health While Black," is a free online workshop scheduled for August 22, 2020 in collaboration with Dee Dee's Cry, the Cape Cod Cape Verdean Museum and Cultural Center, Falmouth Human Services and BUSSW.   
GROW Program Info Sessions
WE CAN’s GROW (Get Results with Others’ Wisdom) program will be offered again this fall! This program for women business owners offers facilitated peer mentoring, accountability and a safe and confidential setting to work on adapting, stabilizing and/or growing your business in this new economy. The GROW program is facilitated by experienced business owners.

Register for one of these info sessions to learn more:
Tuesday, Aug 25th at 6:30 pm

To register: Call WE CAN at 508-430-8111 or Email: marina@wecancenter.org
Center for Corporate and Professional Education (CCAPE) is Offering Solution-Based Programs That Show Us How Systemic Racism Effects Us in the Workplace, and What Each of Us Can Do to Change the Current Climate Both Personally and Professionally

All sessions offered LIVE via Zoom. Space is limited. Registration is Required
National Suicide Prevention Week is September 6-12. Our Theme for This Year is the Very Simple But Important Message: KEEP GOING
Trauma and Interpersonal Violence
This webinar will explore the devastating impact of violence on individuals, families, and relationships. We will learn how to make a trauma informed formulation with the complex symptoms of life after violence. This workshop will cover interventions to use when symptoms are complex, treatment resistant, hard to manage. We will use lecture, case examples, and videos to help participants develop empathic therapeutic skills. We will focus on best practices in trauma treatment, the body stress response, and survival systems. Throughout this we will find hope, meaning, resilience, and humor in the lives of the most courageous survivors. Participants will benefit from activities to promote awareness, self-compassion, and wellness to combat burnout and compassion fatigue.
2020 APDA MA Virtual Cape Cod Optimism Walk on Saturday, September 12th, 2020

Please help us raise funds for our local Parkinson's Support Groups. Click on button below for more information.
Sunday, September 13th, 2020
RecoveryRide for RecoveryBuild September 1-30, 2020
Calmer Choice Offering Online Adult Mindfulness Courses
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 info@calmerchoice.org 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 Toy Library presents COVID-safe Family Play-Game Challenge
Thrive! CIGSYA - LGBTQ+ and Ally Center of Cape Cod
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 asher.gates13@gmail.com and include your name, the topic you are presenting and a brief description.
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 aburke@fenwayhealth.org 
for more information and Zoom link.
Free Options Counseling Courtesy of CORD

Did you know that Options Counseling is available through CORD? Steve Spillane, PhD will answer your calls about services that may assist you in staying in the community rather than going into a nursing home! Please call CORD at 508.775.8300 X 20 and leave a message for Steve or email him at steve@cilcapecod.org
Social Security Administration - August Newsletter
Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Commission is accepting applications for a part-time (5 hours per week) Administrative Assistant
Vacancy Notices

Challenges for Child Care Centers in MA - Round 2 - Thursday, August 27, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
MSBDC invites you to an interactive webinar to learn about and discuss the challenges for child care providers, teachers, parents and children dealing with the pandemic and its impact. We will have a lively panel including thoughts from Amy O’Leary, Director of Early Education for All (EEA), a campaign of Strategies for Children (SFC), an advocacy and policy organization.
Manassah Bradley, a business advisor consultant for the MSBDC, will moderate a child care provider panel including:
Please register today so that you can participate in the conversation. You will be sent a link to join the webinar one day prior to the event. Watch your email inbox for updates.
Your confirmation and reminder emails will come from centeric@clients.msbdc.org. Please add this to your address book or safe list. If you don't see it in your inbox, check your junk/spam folders.
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
Community Agencies and Therapists Offering Telehealth Support
The Barnstable County Children's Behavioral Health Work Group has developed a list of community agencies offering telehealth support HERE.

Please email barbaradominic612@gmail.com if you have additional telehealth support that you would like listed, or if you want to update your listing. This listing will be periodically updated and distributed by Barnstable County.
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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