July 2019
Live, Work, Thrive
Your Monthly Update
from the Community Development Partnership
A Word from Jay... Being Strategic

I find that one of my greatest challenges in leading the Community Development Partnership is vetting all of the opportunities that come before us. With a broad array of programs and possibilities for improving the lives of our low- to moderate-income neighbors on the Lower Cape, yet with finite resources, it can be a struggle to determine which opportunities are worth pursuing and ensuring that our efforts are strategic and effective.

Fortunately we have a Strategic Plan to guide us and over the next eight months we will be engaged in a comprehensive process to update our Strategic Plan. Working with Carl Sussman, a leader in planning and program evaluation for the community development field and a part-time resident of Wellfleet, we will be interviewing key informants, conducting focus groups and in September, holding a day-long retreat with Board and Staff.

It is our hope that this process will affirm our mission but also identify new strategies for us to pursue as we work to create more affordable homes, launch entrepreneurs and strengthen small businesses--all in ways that protect our natural environment and preserve the character of this special place we call home.

I look forward to this opportunity to engage our community as well as reflect on our successes and where we have come up short. I’m confident that this process will help us to focus our efforts and be bold in addressing the challenges we face on the Lower Cape to ensure a vibrant and sustainable year round community. I welcome hearing your thoughts, hopes and dreams – drop me a note at jay@capecedp.org .

And thanks supporting our efforts to create opportunities for people to live, work and thrive on the Lower Cape.
Jay Coburn
Chief Executive Officer
Affordable Housing
Bonds formed at Canal House lead to independence
“it’s a good feeling. My past is now water under the bridge.”  
Former Canal House resident

Canal House, the CDP’s sober living facility in Orleans, has been a temporary home and place of respite for over 145 individuals over the past 20 years. While the journey to recovery is up to the individual, and the will to lead a new life comes from within, the sense of camaraderie that often develops amongst the residents at Canal House provides significant support and sometimes a way forward. 
This spring, two of our Canal House residents were ready to move on to their next chapter. At the same time, Cam, the house manager in residence, decided he was ready to retire. The three men, who had become friends over the past year decided they could continue to support one another beyond Canal House. Their stories share similar elements including an underlying desire to heal and move beyond their addiction.

Photo: Nick, Cam and John the night before moving day.

Supporting Local Business
Cape Cod Kombucha: Takes their special brew to the next level
“Whatever our growth strategy was going to be,” says Molly, “we knew we didn’t want to lose our commitment to keeping the product fresh and local.”
Molly Costa
Co-owner Cape Cod Kombucha

Fermented with rose hips, honey and our salty Cape Cod air, Cape Cod Kombucha is summer in a bottle. After two years of cranking out their unique blends of kombucha and selling it at local
farmer’s markets, Molly Costa and CDP Board Member Amy Costa (no relation!) are ready for prime time. This spring Cape Cod Kombucha secured their wholesale license, making it possible for these business owners to sell their product to retailers, greatly expanding their market. 
The process was complicated and “We could not have navigated through it without the help of the CDP,” says Amy of Pam Andersen, the CDP’s Director of Business and Credit Programs. “She really held our hand and told us who to contact at both the state and local boards.” Cape Cod Kombucha can now be found in several retail locations including Savory & the Sweet Escape in Truro and The Canteen in Provincetown. It is also being featured at a few local restaurants, including Ceraldi’s. Amy notes that “It’s a lot of fun to work creatively with the chefs around the area. The Brewster Fish House is using our kombucha in place of vinegar as a mignonette for their oysters.”

Photo: Amy Costa and Molly Costa of Cape Cod Kombucha

Visit them on Facebook @capecodkombucha
Supporter Spotlight
Angelina Bologna adds a resident’s perspective to CDP Board
“I definitely didn’t realize the scope of the work that the CDP does. There is a real commitment to helping the underdog.”

Angelina Bologna
CD Board Member

CDP resident, donor and Board Member Angelina Bologna knows how important the Community Development Partnership’s work is to the Lower Cape. Angelina is a single mother of a 17- and 2– year old, as well as a small business owner in Chatham. The challenge of providing housing that is safe and affordable for her family, coupled with the struggle of building a sustainable business, has been at the forefront of Angelina‘s life for years. 
A licensed massage therapist, the backbone of Angelina’s business plan is to offer massages at a reduced rate, particularly to individuals who need them for pain management and therapeutic reasons. “Many people cannot afford to pay $100 for an hour and it was extremely important to me that I focus my business on this group of clients,” says Angelina.  Originally working for a spa, she felt it would be more advantageous to work on her own and started Hands of an Angel Healing in 2013. In 2016 she joined the Chatham Wellness Center.
Her ability to launch her own business was directly correlated to being able to move into affordable housing at Thankful Chases Pathway in Harwich, a development of the CDP. She and her oldest daughter moved into Thankful Chases in 2010 and still live there today.

Upcoming Events
Summer Evening on the Farm

Join us on Thursday, August 22 for our 6th Annual Summer Evening on the Farm at Halcyon Farm in Brewster.

This is one of the highlights of the summer with great food and drink supplied by the local businesses we love and great music featuring the Bert Jackson Quartet.

To find out more and reserve your tickets, visit our Summer Evening registration page .
To join Team CDP, visit our team registration page here .

Our team training rides will take place every Wednesday at 5:30 and will begin on June 5th. We will meet in the parking lot of the CDP offices in Eastham.

Contact Britt at
508-240-7873 x25 or britt@capecdp.org
if you have questions.
The Gasp:
CDP Group Training Rides on Wednesday!

The Gasp is a fun-filled all day event that begins with a bike ride from Sandwich to Provincetown. Hop on a boat and watch whales breach as you head back to the Sandwich Marina. Finish the day with a clam and lobster feast at the Sandwich VFW.

The best part? The ride raises money for several local charities, and the CDP is a beneficiary!!

The ride takes place on Sunday, September 15th from
7:00 - 3:00.

The biggest change this year...Most of the ride will take place along the Cape Cod Rail Trail.

To learn more about this event, visit www.thegasp.org
Business & Credit Workshops
SCORE Individual Business Counseling

July 17
9:00 - 1:00
CDP Offices, Eastham
Cape & Islands License Plate Program

Here's something exciting...those Cape & Islands License Plates are a huge benefit to the CDP. Did you know that each year they generate nearly $200,000 in funds to support our programs? 

You can order your plate online here. The funds generated as a result of this program help support a number of organizations across the Cape including the CDP.

This Place Matters
 our bi-weekly radio & television show
Tune in
 92.1 WOMR & 91.3 WFMR   
 Wednesdays 12:30pm
  Also on  Lower Cape TV
Join host Jay Coburn & guests to learn more 
about activities affecting the people and places on the Lower and Outer Cape.

July 3 : Join Shareen Davis and Brett Tolley , Members of the Chatham 365 Task Force as they discuss the recently held public forum and how they hope to address the need to keep young people on the Cape.

July 17 : Join Terri Barron, CDP Director of Housing Rehabilitation Programs and homeowner Carol Nickerson as they discuss the CDP's Housing Rehabilitation program.

If you have an idea for a guest or topic -  Contact Britt Beedenbende r
Thank you for supporting the work we do to make the Lower Cape a place where we can all live, work and thrive !