Portraits of organizations providing assistance to Cape and Island residents in need.
AIDS Support Group of
Over 500 people on Cape Cod live with HIV or AIDS, many of whom rely on the AIDS
Support Group of Cape Cod.
All Cape Parrot Rescue
All Cape Parrot Rescue & Adoption was established in 2003 when the founders became
aware of the large number of parrots that were living lives of neglect and abuse.
Services of Cape Cod and the Islands
Approximately 8,500 people have Alzheimer's disease on Cape Cod and the
Islands, and the numbers are expected to increase.
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.
Autism is relatively new and mysterious but is now the most commonly diagnosed
childhood disorder in the U.S.
Barnstable County New
For people seeking treatment for substance abuse, one of the best therapies can be
opening their minds to new, substance-free experiences.
Barnstable County Prison Labor
County inmates learn vocational skills and help the community.
Big Brothers Big Sisters
of Cape Cod and the Islands
A non-profit volunteer mentoring organization whose mission it is to match children from
single parent homes with adult mentors in the community. Presently Big Brothers Big
Sisters has 400 children matched with adult mentors throughout Cape Cod and the
Islands. 300 others are waiting to be matched, two-thirds of which are boys.
Bridge to Hope
This organization uses mentors to help women prisoners make the transition from prison
back to civiilan life.
Cape Cod Free Clinic
About eight or nine percent of Massachusetts residents are uninsured, but on Cape Cod
the number is much higher - because of the seasonal nature of work on the Cape,
about eighteen percent of Cape residents have no health insurance. The Cape Cod Free
was founded specifically to serve the uninsured.
This Hyannis organization helps people with disabilities lead productive and fulfilling
Cape Mediation of Orleans is a group dedicated to helping people settle their
disagreements by promoting communication and cooperation.
Children's Advocacy Centers like Children's Cove in Barnstable work to reduce the
sexually abused children.
The Cape and Islands have the highest per-capita rate of domestic violence in
alarming trend often fueled by substance abuse and the pressures of surviving in a
economy. Sixteen years ago, The Clothesline Project was founded on Cape Cod as a
compelling way for
abused women to tell their stories, and begin the healing process.
Cape Cod residents with disabilities and their families face special challenges.
is dedicated to helping people with disabilities lead active lives.
Duffy Heath Cener
The Duffy Health Center provides medical services to the uninsured and
homeless living on Cape Cod.
Sean Corcoran reports on an increasing problem, abuse and exploitation of the elderly
on Cape Cod and the Islands.
Elder Services of Cape
Cod and the Islands
Many families are unprepared for the challenges of caring for their elderly family
members. One local organization is helping.
Elf n Wood Stables
Equestrian therapy for those with physical, cognitive, or emotional challenges is a new
and growing field that has touched the lives of many.
An East Sandwich non-profit is helping women who've been trapped in prostitution
trafficking around the world improve their lives by turning their creative abilities into
Cuts in state aid have left schools across the Cape struggling to provide adequate
instruction. Teachers have especially scant funds for technology based projects. To
alleviate this, there's a new community effort in Falmouth.
Structure and daily attention can make the difference between ex- convicts returning to a
life of and crime and breaking the cycle of recidivism- Guindon House in Barnstable
seeks to help former prisoners.
When a woman faces a cancer diagnosis, it's a permanently life-altering experience -
and finding the right support system can help soften the impact. There are also practical
issues like getting to and from treatment, an especially big problem on the Outer Cape.
For fourteen years, a Provincetown organization has helped women deal with the
emotional impacts, and day-to-day implications, of living with cancer or other chronic
The Housing Assistance Corporation's mission is ensuring that everyone on Cape Cod has a "safe,
stable and decent" place to live.
The Island Health
The Island Health Clinic provides a wide assortment of medical services to uninsured
and underinsured residents and visitors to Martha's Vineyard.
One woman's good works for the needy.
Millions of Americans struggle with over-eating, but for a small percentage of the
population the desire to eat is literally ever-present.
Evacuees at Camp Edwards
Some Hurricane Katrina evacuees have left Camp Edwards while others are hoping to
make a fresh start on Cape Cod.
As the general population ages, many on the Cape and islands choose to seek care and
comfort from one of several hospice organizations.
More than a dozen Cape restaurants and food purveyors gathered Tuesday evening at
Mattakeese Wharf in Barnstable Village to help out two of their own.
The medical interpreting profession is in its infancy. Only a handful of states, including
California, mandate access to medical interpreters. Cape Cod Community College is
teaching young interpreters the often complicated skill of helping immigrants on the
Cape communicate with their doctors.
Approximately one in every five pregnancies results in miscarriage, one local group
helps women cope.
Each night during the winter, the homeless seek shelter as an alternative to the streets.
Thanks to a new cooperative program involving local churches, the number of people
that can be sheltered has increased.
In the weeks and months following childbirth, many women find themselves caught in the
grip of post-
Provincetown Swim for
Every September hundreds of swimmers plunge into Provincetown Harbor for the annual
Swim for Life
The Quashnet Elementary Schoool in Mashpee is piloting a program to help children
who have experienced trauma.
Hospital of the Cape and Islands
New technologies are helping people who've suffered strokes rehabilitate.
A Safe Place
As everywhere else in the world there are victims -- and survivors -- of domestic
Shellfishermen working the flats of the outer Cape were idled for weeks by the
worst red tide outbreak in thirty years. Two outer Cape human service agencies have
responded by creating a fund to help shellfishermen recover.
Sight Loss Services
Each year, many Cape Cod residents learn that their eyesight is declining, and that they
need to change
their lifestyles to adapt. Sight Loss Services in Dennis helps people who face this i
Taking Care of
Treating dead animals with dignity.
Dental disease is the number one childhood disease in the US. It is almost completely
preventable yet, many children on the Cape and Islands don't get regular preventative
Taxes and Illegal
The Community Economic Development Corporation in New Bedford helps
undocumented workers do
their taxes -- and perhaps earn a shot at citizenship.
Fifteen victim advocates work out of the DA's office to help people on the Cape who have
been traumatized by
The Hyannis center helps many of the estimated 50,000 veterans on the Cape.
Over the past eight years, The Vineyard House has been a safe and sober place where
addicts can help themselves.
Visiting Nurse Hospice and Palliative
The VNA Hospice program provides care and support to patients and families facing terminal
WE CAN provides support for Cape women in need.
One third of all New Bedford high school students drop-out. A non-profit called
YouthBuild works with forty of them, teaching the teenagers the construction trade and
helping them earn their GEDs.
Listing of various
Stories in the Taking Care series are funded in-part by a grant from the United Way of
Cape Cod and the Islands.