Topics: Social services

Monomoy To Fight Teen Sexual Abuse With Peer Power

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — Many cases of child sexual abuse go unreported. But when a child or teen does summon the courage to disclose the abuse, they're as likely to turn to a peer as they are to talk to a trusted adult. For that reason, Monomoy Regional High School is partnering with Children's Cove to create a new teen task force to address the problem. “Child sexual abuse affects one in four girls and one in six bo...

HARWICH — A lot of paperwork and determination means that local organizations will be benefiting from unclaimed monies held by the state. After securing more than $37,000 that was once considered abandoned property, members of the now-disbanded Harwich Junior Woman's Club are distributing the money to more than half a dozen Harwich nonprofits. In 2015, former club president Antigone London and clerk Debra DeCo...

CHATHAM — It's a workplace truism: stress in an employee's home life leads to stress on the job. Sometimes those stressors are minor, and it helps to be able to share them with a sympathetic listener. Sometimes the stress comes from big problems like a health crisis, relationship troubles or addiction. A new partnership between the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce and Rogers and Gray Insurance is offering an aff...

CHATHAM — Unbeknownst to most residents, several people have taken their own lives in the last two to three months in Chatham. In response, the Samaritans are starting a new support group at the Eldredge Library for loved ones left behind by suicide. “It's a community that's really in need right now,” said Stephanie Kelly, Executive Director of the Samaritans on Cape Cod and the Islands . The Samaritans, be...

Family Pantry To Hit The Road With New Van

By: Alan Pollock

NORTH HARWICH — Each year, more people visit the Family Pantry's headquarters for help with food, clothing and other necessities. Thanks to generous supporters and a partnership with the Chatham Council on Aging, the Pantry will be taking their work to the streets next month. With donations from the Simon Foundation, the Greater Boston Food Bank and TD Bank, the Pantry has purchased a second-hand refrigerate...

Bank Launches Campaign To Benefit Family Pantry

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH PORT— TD Bank is working with The Family Pantry of Cape Cod to “Bring Change” to the way services are provided to food pantry clients. The campaign will help The Family Pantry provide mobile service to clients who are lacking transportation. “TD is partnering with communities across our footprint to support people and organizations that are making a real, local difference,” said Paula Warhol, field m...

Hospital ICU Named After Harwich Benefactress

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH — Recognizing her $3.6 million bequest, Cape Cod Hospital has named its intensive care unit in honor of the late Elizabeth Munroe Arnold Stevens of Harwich. “Libby was such an inspiration, and we are honored that she remembered Cape Cod Healthcare in this way,” President and CEO Michael Lauf said in a news release. Her sister, Judith Palmer of Harwich Port, said Stevens was treated at the hospital o...

Housing advocate Bob Murray left some big sneakers to fill. He pounded the pavement – literally – for more than a dozen years, walking from Provincetown to Falmouth during a week each summer to raise funds for the Housing With Love Walk. Now, three years after Murray's death, the next generation of activists is lacing up to continue the tradition. As in past years, the nine partner organizations supported b...

Hunger, Just Around The Block

By: Alan Pollock

For many visitors to Cape Cod in the summertime, the issue of hunger might be limited to finding the best place for fried clams or a lobster roll. But for more than a few year-rounders, it's about where their child's next meal is coming from. As they've done in years past, the “Food 4 Kids” program will be providing USDA-subsidized free lunches to children in Chatham and Harwich as part of a federal effort to ...

'Taste Of Chatham' Taking The Summer Off

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — The summer of 2017 will be tasteless. For the first time in nearly 30 years, the Taste of Chatham is taking a one-year hiatus. Organizers at Monomoy Community Services (MCS) are getting the word out that a new and improved version of the signature summer event will return in 2017. Theresa Malone, executive director of MCS, said the event has been going strong for 28 years and needs a bit of a “fac...

HARWICH PORT — Supporting the Family Pantry of Cape Cod is more than important. It can be downright elegant. More than 350 people turned out for the organization's annual gala at the Wychmere Harbor Club Sunday. The fundraiser was hosted by Tom and Shelly O'Neill, David and Nicky Metzler, Kip and Stephanie O'Neill and Paul and Mary Jo Barrett. “I thought it was wonderful,” Executive Director Christine Mena...

Authors At Their Best At WE CAN Annual Benefit

By: Amy Tagliaferri

HARWICH PORT – “Authors love coming to this event because you treat them like rock stars!” Anne LeClaire, an author herself, declared at last week's 12 th annual Day of Words, Wit and Wisdom benefit for WE CAN. The inside crowd cheered, and the “people of the tent” in the outside overflow area were heard cheering also. Nearly 500 women and a healthy smattering of men attended last Thursday's event, kn...