Council Helps Turn Skills Into Job

Cape Cod Times Article
December 6, 2017
By K.C. Myers

ORLEANS — There’s no question Irina Novikova has some serious skills.

A jewelry maker, painter and a model, Novikova is multi-talented. But when she moved to the Cape, and as a single mom to two children under 5, her work prospects were less than ideal.

That changed when she walked into the Lower Cape Outreach Council several months ago.

The Outreach Council is the Cape tip’s octopus of assistance. The council employs 429 volunteers, operates eight food pantries, a shop offering free bedding and clothes for clients, as well as the Hope Chest, a volunteer-run consignment store for the public on Main Street in Orleans. Income eligibility is based on federal poverty guidelines, so a family of four can earn no more than $45,510. With a $1.2 million operating budget, the council serves 2,000 households, said Larry Marsland, chief executive officer.

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