Lower Cape Outreach Council Covers Car Repair for Local Woman
With public transportation limited on the Lower Cape, a car is a must, especially for someone with health problems that necessitate regular healthcare appointments. Clara (not her real name), a grandmother who lives in Wellfleet, had more than her share of health troubles that compounded financial difficulties, so she was very grateful when her sister was able to buy her a used car several years ago. When the car needed a critical repair this spring, however, she could not swing the $350 cost.
“This one was just a shock to me,” she said. “I knew it was going to be a lot of money.”
For help, she called the Lower Cape Outreach Council, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to help local residents who are having financial difficulties. Based in Orleans, the LCOC serves the eight Lower and Outer Cape towns, helping people in a variety of ways, depending on the circumstances. Led by a licensed social worker, a team of volunteer advocates work with clients to determine how best to help. It might be providing an oil delivery, paying a utility bill, helping pay rent or mortgage payments, or assisting with childcare costs.
Clara, who is on disability, was already familiar with the Outreach Council, having turned to the nonprofit in the past to help with rent. She also frequents the LCOC’s Wellfleet food pantry (the nonprofit also maintains 9 food pantries with one in each Lower and Outer Cape town).
“I always hate to call,” she said, but when she did she was connected with an advocate who was helpful and friendly. “It was the biggest relief,” she said of the LCOC’s help.