Community Services

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The following is a partial list of human service organizations on the Cape and Islands. We are continuously updating the list. If you know of an organization that you feel belongs on this list or if you notice an inaccurate listing, please send an e-mail with relevant contact information to Broadcast Director Steve Young

Link to emergency Hotline numbers.

AIDS Support

AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod
The AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod provides services to persons living with HIV and AIDS within Cape Cod.

Provincetown Office
P.O. Box 1522
96-98 Bradford Street
Provincetown, MA 02657
Tollfree: 800-905-1170
Fax: 508-487-0565

Hyannis Office
Tollfree: 866-990-2437
Fax: 508-778-4501

Swim for Life
Swimmers, friends and paddlers from across the United States who consider Provincetown, MA. their spiritual home return to participate in the annual Swim for Life Community Festival and to raise funds for AIDS, women's health and youth.

Provincetown Swim for Life & Paddler Flotilla
Provincetown Community Compact
P. O. Box 819
Provincetown, MA 02657
508 487-1930

Alzheimer's Support

Alzheimer's Services of Cape Cod & the Islands
Alzheimer's Services of Cape Cod & the Islands, Inc. provides information, education and support for the people and their families on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket who have Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia.

712 Main Street
Hyannis, MA 02601
Office hours: M-F: 8:30am-5:00pm
mailing address:
P.O. Box 953
Barnstable, MA 02630

Alzheimer's Association of Massachusetts
Alzheimer's Association
8 Merchant Road, Unit 4
PO Box 1102
Sandwich, MA 02563
Helpline: 800-272-3900

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

A.L..S Familly Charitable Foundation
The A.L.S. Family Charitable Foundation, Inc. is dedicated to raising funds for research and for patient services for those suffering from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.

P.O. Box 229
Buzzards Bay, MA 02532
(508) 759-9696
Fax: (508) 759-9606

Animal Rescue Services

All Cape Parrot Rescue & Adoption
13 North Road
West Harwich , MA 02671
Hours: 7 AM to 9PM

Autism Support and Information

REACH Educational Services
115 Sandwich Street
Suite #5
Plymouth, MA 02360
508- 747- 1556

- Applied Behavior Analysis home based programming
- Individualized program development/monitoring for Home or School
- One-to-one structured teaching sessions
- Social Skills programming - group or 1:1
- Consultation or Trainings
- Evaluations: Functional Behavior, Educational Achievement, Social Skills, Life Skills/Whole Life Planning

The Children Making Strides Center in Pocasset
Pat Antenellis, Director
4 Barlow's Landing Road
Suite 13-16
Pocasset, MA. 02559

Massachusetts Early Intervention Program
Southeast Regional Health Office
109 Rhode Island Road
Lakeville, Massachusetts 02347-1349

Massachusetts Doug Flutie Foundation for Autism
615 Concord St.
Framingham, MA 01702-8066
Toll Free: 1-866-3AUTISM (In the U.S)
Fax: 508-270-6868

General Autism information:

Autism Society of America
Center for the Study of Autism
Developmental Delay Resources
Autism Research Institute

Basic Needs Assistance

Around the Table
St. Barnabus Church (rear)
91 Main Street
Falmouth, MA.
Mon., Wed., and Friday: 11:30AM-1PM

Barnstable County Human Services
The Barnstable County Human Services website contains links to many service organizations and contains a great deal of information on the needy in our area.

Cape Cod Times Needy Fund
P. O. Box 804
Hyannis, MA 02601

Cape and Islands United Way
The Cape and Islands United Way, founded in 1959, is an independent, nonprofit organization that helps people on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket.

749 Main Street
Hyannis, MA 02601
Fax: 508-778-9228

Chatham Food Pantry
St Christopher's Church
625 Main Street
Chatham, MA. 02633

Family Pantry of Harwich
133 Queen Anne Rd.
Harwich, MA 02645
508 432-6519
Fax: 508 432-7083

Lower Cape Outreach Council
Provides emergency assistance of food clothing and financial support to individuals and families in Brewster, Chatham, Eastham, Harwich, Orleans, Provincetown, Truro and Wellfleet.

P.O. Box 665
19 Brewster Cross Road
Orleans, MA 02653
(508) 240-0694
Fax: (508) 240-1289

Overnights of Hospitality
Salvation Army
100 North Street
Box 369
Hyannis, MA 02601

Island Food Pantry
Stone Church
Vineyard Haven, MA.
(508) 693-4764

Catholic Social Services

Jewish Family & Community Services
Jewish Federation of Cape Cod
396 Main St.
yannis, MA 02601
Fax: 508-778-9727

American Red Cross Cape Cod Chapter

Blind and Visually Impaired Assistance

Audible Local Ledger
The Audible Local Ledger is an affiliate of the Massachusetts Radio Reading Service, a special state-wide radio information network that provides the reading of daily newspapers, current periodicals, shopping guides, best selling books, calendars of community events and other material previously available only in print.

Homeport Complex
Suite 5
346 Gifford Street, Falmouth, MA 02540
tollfree: 877-255-2260

Perkins School For the Blind
Through contracts with school districts and early intervention providers, Perkins Outreach Satellite Services provides infants, toddlers, school-age children, parents and teachers on Cape Cod and the Islands an opportunity to receive Perkins' services and expertise in their local communities.

Satellite Services
720 Main Street
Hyannis, MA 02601

Sight Loss Services, Inc.
A self help human service organization of and for the newly blind, visually handicapped and people with progressive eye disease.

Cape Cod and Islands
87 School Street
P.O. Box 414
West Dennis MA 02670

Child Abuse

Children's Cove
Children's Cove is a freestanding, child friendly facility designed, staffed and equipped to provide comprehensive and coordinated multidisciplinary services to children aged two through seventeen who have disclosed that they have been abused.

The Cape and Islands Child Advocacy Center
PO Box 427
Barnstable, MA. 02630
fax:(508) 375-0409

Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
Cape and Islands Office
206 Breeds Hill Road
Hyannis, MA 02601
Fax: 508.790.3988

Child and Family Services of Cape Cod
1019 RTE 132
Hyannis, MA 02601

Child Care

Cape Cod Children's Place, Inc.
A family Resource and Referral Center covering the eight lower Cape towns from Brewster to Provincetown: specializing in referrals, early childhood programs, childcare vouchers, family support and parent education.

10 Forest Avenue (Off 995 Nauset Road)
North Eastham, MA 02651

Consumer Information

Consumer Assistance Council
Works with the Massachusetts Attorney General's office to provide consumer information and mediation assistance to residents and businesses on Cape Cod & Islands. There are no fees for assistance in resolving problems with the purchase of goods or services.

149 Main Street
Hyannis, MA 02601

Dental Care

Tooth Tutoring Program
Dental disease is the number one childhood disease in the US and, although it is almost completely preventable, many children on the Cape and Islands don't get regular preventative dental care. Tooth Tutors and the Ellen Jones Clinic provide pediatric dental care for children in need.

c/o Lower Outer Cape Community Coalition
P.O. Box 797
Eastham, MA 02642
Fax: 508-255-4928

Ellen Jones Clinic
351 Pleasant Lake Ave
Harwich, MA. 02645
Monday and Wednesday 9am-3pm
Tuesday and Thursday 1pm-8pm

Disabilities and Handicapped Services

Cape Cod Area Special Olympics
805 West Main Street
Hyannis, MA 02601
Area Coordinator: Angela Cenzalli
State-wide website

Cape Organization for the Rights of the Disabled
The Cape Organization for Rights of the Disabled (CORD) works to advance the independence, productivity, and integration of people with disabilities, including deaf and hard of hearing people, into mainstream society.

1019 Iyannough Road #4
Hyannis, MA 02601
(both #'s V/TTY)
Fax: (508) 775-7022

Community Connections, Inc.
Community Connections provides a variety of services for adults and high school students with disabilities, those diagnosed with some form of mental retardation.

127 Whites Path
So. Yarmouth, MA 02664
Voice/TTY: 800-308-1321
Fax: 508-362-9198

The Community Connections Center in Fall River
125 Hartwell Street
Fall River, MA 02721
Voice/TTY (508) 678-1210
Fax (508) 678-1998

Community Support Associates, Inc.
PO Box 1987
Hyannis, MA 02601

Community Support Associates, Inc. (CSA) provides community-based outreach, case management, and residential services to adults on the Cape and Islands with traumatic brain injuries. We also sponsor a recreational group for adults with TBI. In addition, CSA provides vocational evaluations, job placement, and job coaching services to adults with a wide range of disabilities.

Diversity Disability Resource Center
DDRC was established to serve families confronted with challenges resulting from a disabled family member. DDRC's intentions are to assist individuals to gain access to appropriate medical treatments, as well insurance and financial benefits from programs already in existence.

147 Hamden Circle
Hyannis Ma, 02601
Fax: 508-771-7013

Domestic Abuse Shelters and Counseling

Cape Cod Center for Women
Cape Cod Center provides emergency shelter services for battered Women and their children.

P.O. Box 141
North Falmouth Ma, 02556
508-564-SAFE (7233)
Fax: 508-540-4416

The Clothesline Project
The Clothesline Project started on Cape Cod in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. It is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. They then hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as testimony to the problem of violence against women.

For more information contact:
Carol Chichetto
P.O. Box 654
Brewster, MA 02631

Independence House
Independence House provides domestic violence and sexual assault intervention.

160 Bassett Lane
Hyannis MA, 02601
Fax: 508-778-0143

Provincetown Area
Grace Gouveia Building
26 Alden Street
Provincetown, MA.

Orleans Area
Independence House
14 Old Tote Road
Orleans, MA.

Falmouth Area
Independence House
22 Main Street
Falmouth, MA.

Ahanecqa Collins Child Care Center
116 Stevens Street
Hyannis, MA

High Point Treatment Center
High Point provides second offender aftercare programs, batterer's intervention, substance abuse intervention, anger management, relapse prevention, outpatient addiction programs and medication management.

100 North Front Street
New Bedford MA, 02740
Fax: 508-997-0765

Women's Support Services
Martha's Vineyard Community Services
Women's Support Services provides services to survivors of sexual and domestic violence.

111 Edgartown Road
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
508-693-7900 x221 business
508-696-7233 hotline
508-693-7192 fax

A Safe Place
A Safe Place provides facilitated recovery groups for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault including counseling for children and adolescents through the Nantucket Public Schools.

24 Amelia Drive
Nantucket MA, 02554
Fax: 508-228-8825

Elder Services

Link to a complete list of local Councils on Aging.

Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands
Elder Services promotes the welfare and the quality of life of elders, as well as helping them maintain maximum independence and dignity.

Main Office:
68 Route 134
South Dennis, MA. 02660

Regional Offices:
Upper Cape
P.O. Box 3207, Pocasset, MA 02559
Martha's Vineyard
P.O. Box 2337, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557
144 Orange Street, Nantucket, MA 02554
Elder Abuse Hotline After Business Hours

Life Care Conversations
Life Care is a community-wide planning initiative designed to assist residents of Cape Cod discuss their future medical care and decision-making.

270 Community Way
Hyannis, MA 02601

Reaching Elders with Additional Community Help
REACH helps bridge the gap between already existing community services to better assist elders and their families to access available help. REACH works with diverse disciplines to identify an elder in need of additional help and to coordinate and mobilze a response.Reach operates under the auspices of Cape & Islands Emergency Medical Services and is funded by Cape Cod Healthcare Community Benefits Program.
Cape & Islands EMS
PO Box 1197
66 Bayview St.
Hyannis, MA 02601
Fax: 508-771-1692

Ex-Convict Support Services

With the national average for recidivism at approximately 60%, a majority of inmates will likely end up serving time again after they are released. Friends of Prisoners, Inc. in Hyannis, has been fighting this depressing trend by providing former inmates a half-way house to help them get back on their feet.

Guindon House and Friends of Prisoners, Inc.
Ed Whelan

Fishing Families Assistance

Fishing Family Assistance Center
75 Perserverance Way
Hyannis, MA 02601-1812
(508) 771-5627

Shellfishermen's Support Fund

Shellfishermen are working the flats of the outer Cape after being idled for weeks by the worst red tide outbreak in thirty years. The closures happened in June, a critical month for the industry, and although the red tide may have abated, the financial impact from weeks of lost income continues.

Shellfishermen affected by the red tide can apply for assistance by contacting: Interfaith Council for the Homeless
or the Lower Cape Coalition

Contributions may be made to:
Cape Cod Shellfishermen's Support Fund
c/o Cape Cod Five
Box 1857
North Eastham, 02651
Donations may also be made at any Cape Cod Five branch.

Health Care

Cape Cod Free Clinic and Community Health Center
The Cape Cod Free Clinic and Community Health Center was founded specifically to serve the uninsured.

65C Town Hall Square
Falmouth, MA 02540

40 Steeple Street
Mashpee, MA 02649
Phone: 508-477-7090

Duffy Health Center
The Duffy Health Center provides comprehensive health care (including mental health and substance abuse services) to those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. It assists clients in achieving housing and stability by ongoing support services, offering benefits enrollment, housing assistance, and intensive support services at two clinic sites and through mobile medical outreach in the community.

105 Park St.
Hyannis, MA

The Lighthouse Health Access Alliance

Project H.O.P.E.
Community Action Committee of Cape Cod & Islands
Project H.O.P.E. strives to meet the needs of the un/under insured population by assisting with completing the MassHealth application.

115 Enterprise Road
Hyannis, MA 02601

Community Services Information Hotline of the VNA of Cape Cod

Healthy Connections
158 Route 6A
Orleans, MA 02653
Fax: 508-255-3166

Hospice Care

Hospice & Palliative Care of Cape Cod
Hospice & Palliative Care of Cape Cod provides patients and families living with a serious or a life-limiting illness with quality and compassionate end-of-life care and support.

270 Communication Way
Hyannis, MA. 02601
508 957-0200
(800) 642-2432

Hospice Of Martha's Vineyard Inc.
PO Box 2549
Oak Bluffs

Hospice Care Of Nantucket
Hospice Care of Nantucket provides hospice and palliative care to patients and their families suffering from a life-threatening illness.

57 Prospect St.
Nantucket Ma, 02554
Fax: 508-825-8301

Volunteer Services at Allegiance Hospice
Allegiance Hospice is looking for volunteers to visit patients under hospice care in nursing homes in the Mid and Upper Cape. Volunteers are formally trained and are a valued part of the interdisciplinary team in serving patients at end of life. If you are interested please contact:

Karen Spangler
phone: 877-255-4623

Housing and Homelessness Assistance

Link to homlessness fact sheet a fact sheet on Cape Cod and the Islands.

Champ Homes work with adolescents, young adults and adults who are in need of affordable and supportive housing.

82 School Street
Hyannis MA, 02601
Fax: 508-778-6425

Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod

Housing Assistance Corporation
Housing Assistance Corporation is the sole provider on Cape Cod of emergency shelter for families and individuals experiencing homelessness. Other services include various first-time homebuyer, rental assistance, rehabilitation and foreclosure and eviction prevention programs.

460 West Main Street
Hyannis MA, 02601
Fax: 508-775-7434

Noah Shelter
77 Winter St.
Hyannis, MA 02601-5553

Overnights of Hospitality
Salvation Army
100 North Street
Box 369
Hyannis, MA 02601

Immigration Services

South Coastal Counties Legal Services
Although they do not offer immigration services, South Coast Counties Legal Services will assist people with legal issues regardless of documentation.

Cape Cod office: 508-775-7020
Brockton 508-586-2110
Fall River: 508-676-6265
New Bedford: 508-9797150

Southeastern Mass Legal Assistance Corporation

Specializing in asylum, family based petitions, naturalization and affidavit of support. Languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese

231 Main St., Suite 201
Brockton, MA 02301
Fax: 508-587-3222

Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Council (MIRA)
105 Chauncy Street, #901
Boston, MA 02111
Fax: 617-350-5499

Community Economic Development Center of Southeastern Massachusetts
105 William Street
New Bedford, MA 02740
(508) 979-4684
Fax: (508) 990-0199
Contact person for program information: Bill Maddocks

New Bedford Economic Development Council
1213 Purchase Street (3rd floor)
New Bedford, MA 02740
Fax: 508.991.7372

Legal Services

Cape Mediation
80 Route 6A - unit 3
PO Box 193
Orleans, MA 02653
Phone/fax: 508-240-1717

Legal Services for Cape Cod and the Islands

MASS Public Defenders Offices
Provides free legal services, including criminal defense, for adults and children who cannot afford to pay for a private attorney.

3220 (Rear) Main Street
Barnstable MA, 02630
Fax: 508-362-6078

Mental Health Services

Behavioral Health Services of Cape Cod Healthcare
Behavioral Health Services of Cape Cod Healthcare is a comprehensive mental health and substance abuse treatment center with offices in Hyannis, Falmouth, Orleans and Provincetown providing psychiatric services for children, adolescents, and adults.

Psychiatric Center
27 Park Street
Hyannis MA, 02601
Fax: 508-862-7387

Child and Family Services of Cape Cod
Provides a range of health care and counseling services.

1019 RTE 132
Hyannis, MA 02601

South Bay Mental Health Center
South Bay provides mental health and substance abuse counseling .

2302 White's Path
S. Yarmouth, MA 02664

Emerson House (for Women)
Residential Substance Abuse and Chemical Dependency Treatment for Adult, Adolescent,Pregnant and Post-partum Women

558 West Falmouth Highway
West Falmouth MA, 02574

The Miller House (for Men)
Gosnold, Inc.
165 Woods Hole Road
Falnouth, MA 02540

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) -- Cape Cod
Provides services for the family and friends of persons with mental illness.

5 Mark Lane
Hyannis MA, 02601
Email: namicapecod@aolcom

Samaritans on Cape Cod and The Islands
P.O. Box 65
Falmouth, MA 02541
Crisis Lines: 800-893-9900 or 508-548-8900
Office Line: 508-548-7999

The Samaritans on Cape Cod and The Islands provide crisis phone line coverage. Our volunteers are available to listen and support callers who are suicidal, desperate, lonely, depressed and just need someone to listen confidentially and non-judgmentally.

Neo-Natal Support

Anna Heffron
Pregnancy loss support group co-ordinator.
Provides support for women coping with a miscarriage.

Post-Partum Support

For information online: Depression After Delivery

Falmouth Hospital Post-Partum Support Group
100 Ter Heun Drive
Falmouth , MA

Families United Network of Cape Cod Child Development
83 Pearl Street
Hyannis, MA 02601
508-775-6240 x 512

Prader-Willi Syndrome

Latham Center
Gilbough Center
This syndrome is genetically-based, occurring once in about 15,000 births, and is found in all races and ethnic groups. Among the more serious symptoms are mild to moderate mental retardation, emotional and behavioral problems, and an insatiable appetite and slow body metabolism which can lead to obesity and related health problems.

The Gilbough Center is a nationally respected pioneer in the field of residental rehabilitation for people with Prader-Willi Syndrome. The center maintains community homes in Brewster, Yarmouth, Yarmouthport and West Yarmouth.

1646 Main St
Brewster, MA 02631-1716

Reading Services for the Blind

Audible Local Ledger
The Audible Local Ledger is an affiliate of the Massachusetts Radio Reading Service , a special state-wide radio information network that provides the reading of daily newspapers, current periodicals, shopping guides, best selling books, calendars of community events and other material previously available only in print.

Homeport Complex
Suite 5
346 Gifford Street, Falmouth, MA 02540
tollfree: 877-255-2260

Rehabilitation Services

Rehabilitation Hospital of the Cape and Islands
The hospital is dedicated to rehabilitation through a variety of inpatient and outpatient services.

311 Service Road
East Sandwich, MA 02537

Diversity Disabilty Resource Center
DDRC was established to serve families confronted with challenges resulting from a disabled family member. DDRC's intentions are to assist individuals gain access to appropriate medical treatments, as well insurance and financial benefits.

147 Hamden Circle
Hyannis Ma, 02601
Fax: 508-771-7013

Substance Abuse

Gosnold of Cape Cod
Gosnold on Cape Cod provides addiction and mental health treatment.

Gosnold Treatment Center
200 Ter Heun Drive
Falmouth, MA 02540
For Help and Admissions : 1-800-444-1554

Emerson House (for Women)
Residential Substance Abuse and Chemical Dependency Treatment for Adult, Adolescent,Pregnant and Post-partum Women

558 West Falmouth Highway
West Falmouth MA, 02574

The Miller House (for Men)
Residential Substance Abuse and Chemical Dependency Treatment for Adult and Adolescent Men

Gosnold, Inc.
165 Woods Hole Road
Falnouth, MA 02540

Vineyard House
PO Box 4599
15 Church Street
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
Fax: 508 693-5768

Teens and Youth Services

Big Brothers/Big Sisters

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Martha's Vineyard
PO Box 1082

Boys and Girls Club of New Bedford
166 Jenney St.
New Bedford, MA 02740

Cape and Islands Gay and Straight Youth Alliance
CIGSYA is a community-based alliance of young people that exists to improve the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and straight youth on Cape Cod and the Islands by addressing key risk factors such as the self hate, isolation and fear.

Nauset Together We Can Prevention Council, Inc.
The Juice Bar
P.O. Box 792
Orleans, MA 02653

The mission of TWC is to offer safe and desirable places for youth with diverse programming, to encourage and promote positive youth development, and ultimately a strong community.

The Juice Bar is a community-oriented, teen-drive, safe, alcohol, tobacco, and drug-free place where youth are supported in a positive and healthy manner. The Juice Bar offers a variety of programming for youth 14-19 years of age throughout Cape Cod and the Islands.