This story has been circulating on social media locally and we want to get MORE people talking about this since they only have 30 days left!!!!!
Support this local Cape Cod family and keep these boys together in a loving home with two people who love them and who want to give them the life they deserve!!!! Come on Cape Cod, let's show just how big our hearts are and how much we all love and support one another! It takes a village!
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Excerpt from their Fundraiser Website:
"We have a very short amount of time to find a home for these children. DCF is aware of our living circumstance, and because they prefer the children to be with family, they are giving us some time to find a new, safe and stable home for the children. We do not have much time to find this home, and if we do not succeed in providing a home for these beautiful children then the state might take them and they will be separated from each other and from us. This breaks our hearts.
For most of these children’s lives, they’ve never known where to call home or if they’d be returning to it at the end of the day. We want to change that. We want to give them somewhere safe to call home. We want to give them a stable, happy and loving home. A home that they know they’ll be returning to at the end of the day. We want to give them somewhere to grow where they would be unconditionally loved by the only people that have always been there for them. The only thing keeping us from giving these three boys a good life that they deserve is the lack of money in our pockets and a house that is too far from our financial reach.
We do not have much, but we do have strong faith that we are destined to have a home for these boys. They say it takes a village to raise a family and that has never been truer until now. Faith is a very beautiful thing to have, and we know that with your help, our faith will see us through. We are reaching out and asking for any help at all. If you have five moments to spare to send your prayers our way, it will help us, it will make a difference. If you have five dollars to donate our way, it will help us; it will make a difference for all of us. We believe in miracles and we are in need of one now. We believe you can help us experience a miracle."
This program was awarded a congressional Citation in 2012 by Congressman Keating.
The specifics: CONCERT: February 14th, 2014 at the Tilden Arts Center, C.C. Community College, Hyannis at 7:00 -9:30 PM. Tickets $5.00 students / $10.00 adults at the door.
BENEFITING: Cape veterans by fully funding a summer "Stand Down" program organized by Duffy Health Center and the Veterans' Outreach Center. Their program brings 35 agencies to the Campus of Cape Cod Academy for a day of free services for vets. We are also expanding our contributions to the Cape Cod Council of Churches’ homeless programs and local food pantries.
Background: Kids involved: We've been working with Dance Designs and the Beth Walsh Dance Troop - and with several big dance numbers now part of our program, we involve at least 90 dancers alone. Throw in the Conservatory and several bands as well as individual acts from participating schools... and then our CCA production crew and the extra hands the bands bring and the total involvement of young people approaches 200. The 2013 concert also featured a band from Brazil and a dance troop from India, traveling here at their own expense to be a part of the Shelter experience and to bring some ideas home with them.
Money raised: Our first concert fed the Noah Shelter for 4 months. In order to finance the Stand Down program for our veterans and support various local homeless relief efforts, we'll need to raise around 15,000 dollars this year, exceeding what the concert raised last year. We've raised over 50 thousand dollars in the first 6 years, doing better each year. We are grateful to our donors: individuals, local businesses, banks and foundations.
Consciousness raised: The Shelter concert has become a kind of bull's eye - a focal point for not only raising money but for directing public attention to serious local needs. Local media, both print and radio, have been very generous. In each case, we get to talk about the central purpose of our efforts, to house the homeless and now: to assist our local veterans. Regarding our veterans, 26% of the nation's homeless population are veterans who've served our country. A veteran is taking his own life every 80 minutes now. The Shelter project gets all these kids helping and starting conversations all over the Cape. Our organizers and performers know they are changing lives (even saving lives) with what they do. Certainly, some of the lives that are changed are their own.
Organizations & Contact info.: CAPE COD ACADEMY is a private school, pre-K through 12 with a deep tradition of public service. The concert organizers are members of People-to-People International and the Barnstable County Human Rights Academy. CONTACT Lawrence Brown, CCA, faculty & Concert Director at 508-428-5400 at Cape Cod Academy, 508-771-5096 at home evenings.
Duffy Health Center: The mission of the Duffy Health Center is to provide caring, comprehensive health care and support services to those who are homeless and at risk of homelessness on Cape Cod, and to be a catalyst for individual empowerment and community solutions to homelessness. Duffy provides actual treatment & counseling for substance abuse & psychological problems — and basic medical care for the homeless. 104 Park Street, Hyannis, MA 02601 (508) 771-7517
Vietnam Veterans Outreach Center: Offers a wide array of services for veterans including case work and serves as a conduit to additional local services when needed. The center also serves as a social center for area vets and operates an ambitious food pantry as well. 94 Main Street Hyannis, MA 02601 (508) 771-9599
COME TO THE CONCERT! Bring your family. It’s one of the artistic highlights of the year – and you’ll leave feeling terrific! That’s a promise.
We’ve got around 200 young people from schools across Cape Cod collaborating on this, as performers, organizers, stage hands and ushers. They’ve picked the vets and the homeless as deserving of their efforts. PLEASE BE A CONTRIBUTER. This is a beautiful thing to be a part of. 100% of donations go to programs, no overhead.
WE’LL GET YOU PUBLIC RECOGNITION IF YOU REQUEST IT. Businesses and “god-parent” donors ($1,000 and up) are listed on a full-color overhead screen projection that continues on a loop before the program, during intermission and afterwards.
Please make checks out to Cape Cod Academy, noted as “Shelter.”
CONTACT: Lawrence Brown, Cape Cod Academy email@example.com 508-428-5400
Wishing a Very Happy Mothers' Day to all Cape Cod Moms! (Dads...take note of the gift items)
Mothers' Day.... I remember the first one I celebrated after just having found out that I was expecting my first child. It was so special even though he wasn't here yet. It was the first time I really realized the bond we had as he grew inside me.
Mothers' Day.... I use the plural possessive in referring to this holiday, because it is is a day belonging to or commemorating all mothers, not just one. The legislation that officially names the holiday in the U.S., unfortunately uses the singular possessive as though the day belongs to only one mother, but it belongs to many mothers and many types of mothers. Throughout history people have celebrated Mothers' Day though the modern day Mothers' Day as we know it was not celebrated in the US until 1908 when it was created by Anne Jarvis (though Julia Howe first issued a proclamation asking for a Mothers' Day in 1870). President Wilson made it a national holiday beginning in 1914. Anne Jarvis became so disgusted with the commercialism of the holiday as the years went on that she actually became an opponent of the holiday and refused to celebrate the holiday again. Anne Jarvis does have a point in the fact that Mothers' Day has become a Hallmark holiday. Jarvis preferred a handwritten note or homemade gift to mom as opposed to buying items. However in the modern day, when moms and dads are so busy, the two parent working family has become more of the norm, and kids are so busy, it is hard to find time to sit down and craft or write a letter. It is my personal belief that you can do a happy mix of both and in our house we do. We made handprint cards and went out to eat for brunch at one of my fave brunch places: The Flying Bridge in Falmouth. But there is nothing wrong with buying a card or a gift for your mother especially since there are so many crafty and creative Mom owned businesses out there who know exactly what moms want.
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