Gifts of Hope 2021

Sandra’s Story

Sandra grew up on the outer Cape and, except for living a few years north of Boston with her then-husband, has spent her life here. She stated, “I am very proud to be a fourth generation Cape Codder on both sides of my family.” She attended a Cape Cod tech school and got a business…

Pam’s Story

Pam moved to Chatham in 2009 after the recession cost her her long-time job and, despite renting out her off Cape house, put her previous mortgage “under water”. She is a single parent, divorced from, though still friendly with, her son’s father. When they moved here, her son enrolled in school on the upper Cape.…

Emma’s Story

Emma moved to the Harwich area with her parents after she graduated from a New Jersey high school ten years ago. She attended Cape Cod Community College for a semester but realized that further education was not for her, at least for the foreseeable future. Soon afterwards, she got a job in a commercial kitchen…

Brenda’s Story

Brenda moved herself and her business to the Cape 20 years ago, bringing 35 years of expertise in a highly specialized area in the visual arts world. After moving to the Cape, she met and married a man and they had a —now teenaged— son, but the marriage ended several years ago. She is hanging…

Lynne’s Story

Lynne moved to Cape Cod for a position at an organization that serves adult clients unable to care for themselves due to physical or mental health concerns. Her son joined her after graduating with a teaching certificate, hoping for a teaching position in a local school system. As a student her son had struggled with…

Monica’s Story

Monica, born and raised on the Outer Cape, lives with her husband and three children in Chatham. She hasn’t been able to work since 1999 when her son was born with muscular dystrophy, and she stayed home to care for him. Sadly, he passed away in 2011. After she felt somewhat recovered from grief, she…

Donna’s Story

Donna is a single parent of five children (she says “four children and one adult child”) that includes two toddlers, two adolescents and a college senior. She grew up in the mid-cape area and has lived on the Cape her whole life, moving to the outer Cape when she was getting divorced. She formerly worked…
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