Edition 301 | July 29, 2021
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.
Do you have questions about coronavirus-related tax relief, Economic Impact Payments (EIP), how to claim the Recovery Rebate Credit and the new advanced Child Tax Credit? Please find a comprehensive list of resources to guide you on our website. Click HERE.
July is BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color)
Mental Health Awareness Month
This year’s theme is Strength in Communities, where we will be highlighting alternative mental health supports created by BIPOC and queer and trans BIPOC (QTBIPOC), for BIPOC and QTBIPOC.

Our 2021 toolkit will examine community-developed systems of support created to fill in gaps within traditional systems that may overlook cultural and historical factors that impede BIPOC and QTBIPOC mental health. It will explore three topic areas: community care, self-directed care, and cultural care and why these types of care are valid and valuable choices people can make for their mental health.

  • Community care refers to ways in which communities of color have provided support to each other. This can include things such as mutual aid, peer support, and healing circles.
  • Self-directed care is an innovative practice that emphasizes that people with mental health and substance use conditions, or their representatives if applicable, have decision-making authority over services they receive
  • Cultural care refers to practices that are embedded in cultures that are passed down through generations that naturally provide resiliency and healing.
Summer Safety Conversations

We often say there isn’t a perfect time to Have the Conversation about body safety. However, summertime is filled with a lot of moments that are close to perfect! Whether it is getting ready to go swimming at the beach, wearing dresses, skirts, or shorts, or traveling on vacation, there are a lot of moments to provide safety reminders to children. Using these moments allows parents and caregivers to have regular conversations, early and often, with their children to talk about safety and reduce the stigma of talking about body safety. Click below to find out more information.
Architect Selected For Upper Cape YMCA
The YMCA Cape Cod has selected SV Design as the architect for their Upper Cape YMCA Facility project. Jen Hocherman, LEED AIA, will serve as the lead architect for the Beverly-based design firm, which has a local office in Chatham. The schematic design will begin immediately for the future project, which will be located at 485 Brick Kiln Rd, in Falmouth, MA.
Seeking Part-Time Assistant Director
Esprit-Partnership for Independence, Inc. is seeking a part-time Assistant Director to assume an increasing leadership role in a non-profit organization serving adults with learning, developmental and related disorders. Please contact:
Esprit-Partnership for Independence, Inc.
1550 Falmouth Road, #4A
Centerville, MA 02632
Phone; 508-862-1662
APDA/PSN Cape Cod Optimism Walk - Sunday September 19th, 2021
What is an Optimism Walk? • An important (and fun-filled!) fundraising event that offers a short non-competitive walk with family-friendly activities! • Each Optimism Walk is part of a nationwide movement to mobilize and inspire people to step up and help put an end to Parkinson’s disease. Be a part of it!
CORD's Free Career Readiness Workshops
Do you have a teenager with disabilities? CORD is offering free career readiness workshops to youths with disabilities between the ages of 14-21 during the month of August. CORD’s career readiness workshops provide young adults with the essential skills needed to be successful in today’s competitive workforce. Call CORD to learn about exploring career options, choosing a path after high school, dressing for success in the workplace and what to expect while working. All workshops are completely free and will be held at CORD’s office in Hyannis. For more information and registration details call CORD today at 508-775-8300 ext. 2122.
Ride for Homes Happening September 26th! Register now!
Join us for our signature event!

The Ride for Homes, which raises critical funds to help Habitat Cape Cod families achieve the dream of homeownership.
Our Ride takes place each year in the fall, with over 100 riders riding one of two routes, 12 miles or 20. The event raises close to $80,000 annually which helps us continue our important work.
Summer Party Benefit for Helping Our Women
Join us for an evening of “Hope & Impact” on Thursday, August 5th from 6 PM – 9 PM at Truro Vineyards for the HOW Summer Party, a benefit for Helping Our Women (HOW) sponsored by b/well and other local businesses.
Educational Opportunities Offered by the Corporate and Professional Education at CCCC
Please be sure to check out their extensive variety of class offerings.
You Don't Need to Travel Far to Receive High-Quality Education/Training That Will Position You for Success in the Technical Trades or a Career in an Allied Health Field

Several programs prepare the student for licensure in various industries. In order to meet the needs of students, we also offer several courses online. Here at UCT you will find over 500 exciting career and enrichment courses ranging from health careers, computers, technical trades, business, legal, culinary, wellness and fun courses!
Thrive! at CIGSYA - LGBTQ and Ally Center of Cape Cod Now Have Monday Events  

The LGBTQ + group Thrive is for folks ages 13-22. We recently switched our weekly events to Mondays at 4pm. Join us virtually or for special in person gatherings with proper COVID-19 protocols. Please feel free to join anytime! For details email kgarcia@WeThrive.us and check out our social media platforms:

Instagram: @cigsya
Twitter: @thriveatcigsya 
Summer Food Service Program

The Summer Food Service Program is a Federally-Funded Nutrition Program that Provides Free Meals to Children ages 18 & under when School is not in Session.

Please see flyer below for listing of meal distribution sites on the Cape.
Food Access Cape Cod

The Barnstable County Cooperative Extension has compiled information on programs and sites in Barnstable County where prepared meals and pre-bagged groceries and supplies are available for pick-up.

Please see flyer below for listing of meal distribution sites on the Cape.
Coping During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Cape Cod COVID-19 Response Task Force has collected helpful wellness resources for you during COVID-19. Please check back regularly as we add to these resources. 
Each month we will highlight tools to help manage this crisis and identify for you web videos, articles, discussions, and resources we have found helpful. These tools apply to those of all ages, children, adolescents, young adults, adults, and elders.
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.
COVID 19 Survival Kit Series - Sponsored by NAMI Cape Cod & The Islands

In early 2020, when COVID 19 hit hard, NAMI Cape Cod & the Islands developed an 8-part Survival Tool Kit Series, based on the research of Bruce Perry, renowned child psychiatrist and neuroscientist. The kit was developed as a guide to review, over the fall and winter months, some essential tools to help us deal with stress of the COVID 19 pandemic. These tools apply to those of all ages--children, adolescents, young adults, adults and elders. Each month highlights a new topic and provides tools to help manage this crisis and identify resources such as web videos, articles, discussions and more we have found helpful. In the month of February we are highlighting part 4 of the series which focuses on “Screen Time”. To access the tool kit click website button below. We want everyone to be safe and healthy during this pandemic. 

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