Outreach

The Outreach Committee at Church of the Holy Spirit is responsible for distributing grants to organizations throughout the wider community, both on Cape Cod and off. Grant monies are derived from the Outreach line item in the parish budget, from Badger Fund income, and from funds raised by the First Fruits committee and the Heed fund.  We take this responsibility very seriously and carefully vet the agencies we support.  Meetings are held the first Thursday of every month at 2:00 p.m. in the Fireplace Room. Please contact any of our committee members if you have suggestions or questions. All are welcome to join.

Questions? Contact the Outreach Committee co-chairs Chip Bechtold and Phil Suraci.

Agencies that we partner with on the Cape include:

AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod - Our parish AIDS Ministry works closely with this group which provides a variety of services to HIV/AIDS patients and their families.

Amazing Grace is a program for children from Cape Cod and the South Shore whose parent is or has been incarcerated.

CapeAbilities is a sheltered workshop allowing physically or mentally challenged people to help support themselves by working in a friendly, supportive environment.

Cape and Islands Veterans Outreach Center, based in Hyannis, offers help and services to veterans on the Cape. This includes counseling, medical claims assistance, a food pantry, employment, housing, general needs, legal and MA veterans’ assistance.

Cape Cod Council of Churches is a consortium of 67 churches Cape-wide working together to provide a variety of resources to people in need in our communities. The Hands of Hope Outreach Center provides cash assistance, clothing, and Christmas gifts for families in need in the mid-Cape area. The Baby Center provides pregnant women and mothers with children less than one year old with counseling and necessities such as food, clothing, diapers, furniture, etc. The Council sponsors a variety of other programs, including the Children and Youth Task Force and chaplains in local hospitals and prisons. Our delegates represent the parish at the Council’s annual meeting and volunteers work at the Hands of Hope Outreach Center weekly. The toys brought to our Epiphany toy drive are donated to the service center for distribution the following year.

CHAMP House in Hyannis provides supportive housing in a family environment for homeless young adults (age 17 to 24), including those suffering from mental illness or substance abuse problems.

Covenant to Care for Foster Families aids eligible families under the auspices of the Cape Cod Council of Churches.

Friends of Prisoners provides a prison ministry in the Barnstable House of Corrections and operates a halfway house for released prisoners who do not have family or other support in the area.

Habitat for Humanity builds homes with volunteer labor which are sold at low cost with interest-free mortgages to first-time home buyers who otherwise could not afford a home. Mortgage payments are recycled to build more homes. CHS parishioners have been actively involved with building two new homes in Eastham this year.

Homeless Not Helpless was started by two people who had climbed out of homelessness. They had to move so the program was taken over by Alan Burt who had organized the Overnights of Hospitality program. Homeless people from Overnights have rented two group homes, one for men, the other for women.

Hopehealth, formerly Hospice and Palliative Care of Cape Cod, provides physical and emotional support and comfort for the terminally ill and their families.

Hospitality Homes provides accommodations in private homes, either free or at low cost, for families who wish to be near family members or friends in Boston hospitals.

Independence House provides emergency help and continuing support for women who are victims of abuse or sexual assault. Services include crisis intervention, emergency safe shelter, counseling, court advocacy and support for rape and incest victims.

Homeless Prevention Council combats homelessness and works with other advocacy groups, town agencies and churches to help people access food, furniture, transportation, housing and other needs. The Church of the Holy Spirit helped establish the Council in 1990 and supports it financially and with volunteers. Parish members also provide support by buying supermarket gift cards, which are sold each Sunday. The markets donate 5% of the cards’ value to HPC.

Latham Centers The Latham School in Brewster offers comprehensive residential treatment, care and schooling for emotionally disturbed children and young adults with severe behavioral problems, age 8 – 22. The Gilbough Center provides residential living and individual care plans for people with genetically based Prader-Willi Syndrome. They pioneered in this field and had the first program in New England and the third in the country.

Lower Cape Outreach Council continues to be a major recipient of our church funds. It provides emergency assistance to families and individuals in need on the Lower Cape. It supplies nine food pantries, distributes food baskets to over 900 households at Thanksgiving and Christmas, runs quarterly food distributions, Santa’s Shop (where clients can pick out toys for their children), provides free clothing at Katy’s Korner and meets household emergencies with payments for electricity, heat, medicine, rent/mortgage, insurance or transportation. They also have an additional education fund which can help adults with books or tuition payments. Many LCOC volunteers are members of our parish. In addition to financial support from the Outreach Committee, the Holy Spirit congregation contributes generously to the LCOC food pantries. The parish also contributed through the Home Runs for Hope campaign this summer.

Noah Center in Hyannis provides a variety of services for homeless single men and women to help them get their lives together and obtain permanent housing. Our NOAH volunteers prepare and serve food to the guests at the NOAH Homeless Shelter. Guests of the shelter, who are screened by the Salvation Army, may become guests at local churches, as in our Overnights of Hospitality program. We support both these programs.

Orleans Elementary Summer School Program is a camp scholarship for a needy child, whose parent(s) work during the summer months is provided by the Outreach Committee.

Pilot House provides a home for homeless men and women for those needing counseling for drug and alcohol abuse. Managed by the Duffy Center but hosted by recovered patients we have supported this home since its initiation.

Safe Harbor, based in Hyannis, provides shelter and support services for eligible women and their children who are homeless due to domestic violence.

Salvation Army provides clothing and meals for homeless. During times when the Noah Center is full, they manage a program providing shelter in available motels.

Outreach in the US Beyond Cape Cod

Lillian Valley School is an Episcopal school in Blackfoot, Idaho, on the edge of the Shoshone-Bannock Reservation. It is the only existing Episcopal Indian School in the U.S. It was started at the request of Shoshone elders who were educated in Episcopal Indian schools, which were once quite common.

Worldwide Outreach Americares has a proven track record in getting aid promptly to people wherever needed. A donation was made this year to support relief efforts for victims of storm Sandy in the New York and New Jersey areas. Funds were also given for tornado relief in the Midwest last spring.

El Hogar is an Episcopal mission project which provides a loving Christian home and a practical education for abandoned orphaned boys in Honduras. We sponsor a student.

Saint Rock Haiti Foundation provides schooling in a religious environment for children in Haiti.

Outreach Committee Members

Chip Bechtold and Phil Suraci, Co-Chairs
Fay Cole
Sally Dewing
Sally Drew
Bill Heuss
Freddie Fitzgerald
Judy Gardiner
Joan Howe
Robin McLaughlin
Page McMahan
Nancy Miller
Jody Mines