Year: 2020

Linda’s Story

Linda and her Robert moved to Cape Cod four years ago from western Massachusetts. She was pregnant with her second child and didn’t want to raise her kids in a city that she considered a bad area. Her husband, Frank, already had a full-time job cleaning and maintaining pools on Cape Cod and commuted for…

Angela’s Story

Angela is thankful that she has had the same apartment for the past eight years, providing a home base for her and her two children, ages 8 and 11. She had been searching for an apartment in the Brewster area so that her kids could remain in their school system and she could work at…

Lisa & George’s Story

Lisa and her husband George have lived on the Cape since the late 1960s and are currently in elderly housing. They both have had numerous health issues while helping to take care of their two grandchildren, 11 and 18 years old, since their mother passed away. The kids live with their Dad, but while he…

Maria’s Story

Resiliency, determination and strong advocacy for her children are what come to mind describing Maria, a mother of two teens, a preschooler, and a baby due with her husband of two years. She has fought to keep her family together, to get an education and to ultimately own a home. She acknowledges Lower Cape Outreach…

Joan’s Story

Sometimes great opportunity comes in very unexpected ways and in unusual times. Joan moved to the Cape with her family nearly 20 years ago when she entered high school. She had held several jobs after high school but felt settled in at CVS where she had been for the past seven years. When COVID restrictions…

Karen’s Story

Karen a teaching assistant and mother of two teenagers in the Monomoy school system, has seen her two summer side jobs virtually dry up. Ordinarily, she would be catering on weekends starting in May with a full summer schedule of catering jobs along with a side job of rental changeovers—check-ins and cleaning between guests. When…

Nancy’s Story

The childhood summer visits to Cape Cod that Nancy enjoyed with her family, gave her a love of the sea and of fishing. Her dream to live on the Cape and make her living from the sea was finally realized several years ago. She moved to the Outer Cape and fished in and around Cape…

Anna’s Story

Serving in the United States Army for six years in military intelligence may have helped Anna a single mother of two young children, keep calm when disappointment and illness upended her life. Anna who previously lived in Western Mass. says, “It may sound crazy, but I moved to Chatham because I found an affordable year-round…

Mary’s Story

“Once again Lower Cape Outreach Council has been a bridge over troubled financial waters,” says Julie, a very grateful mother and grandmother. She is enthusiastic and appreciative for the help her daughter, Mary, received a year ago to help her fulfill a lifetime dream of attending the dental hygiene program at Cape Cod Community College…

Ellen’s Story

Ellen was supremely thankful that she no longer was living in a nine foot by 12 foot repurposed garden shed—with no bathroom or kitchen—when the Coronavirus, COVID-19, found her in March. She had been living in the shed for three years before she was lucky enough to “win the lottery” on an affordable first-floor apartment.…
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