Featuring Stories from our Four Fantastic Homes for the Homeless…
A quarterly newsletter brought to you by Homeless Not Hopeless, Inc. Hyannis, MA. 02601
“Since I have been here, I have been able to become completely sober, which has increased my ability to concentrate on the things I do. I have also seen how people working together can make things better for the common good” Frank McCauley, Admiral Cooke House
Susan Paulas, a resident of Eve’s house, one of four of our transitional homes graduated Monday, March 23, 2015 at the State House from the MRC‐CVS program.
This program is an eight-week comprehensive program done in collaboration with Massachusetts Rehabilitative Commission and CVS to train pharmacy technicians and call center representatives for CVS. Mass Rehab took Susan two days a week to Taunton for the training and mock interviews were conducted in the last days of the program. The end result is a secure job and a possible vehicle for Susan. Congratulations on your success, Susan!
We send a lot of our residents to Massachusetts Rehabilitative Commission where skills are assessed, education is promoted and job search is assisted. We are grateful for the counselors there in helping us achieve our goal to help our residents get back on their feet.
Elise House Star
I will never be able to repay Homeless Not Hopeless, for the support they have provided in my life this past year. When I arrived at the Elise house on a cold, snowy February day, I had no idea of the personal, re-building process I would need to go through in order to reconstruct my life. I believe my journey began, when I was taken to a clean, safe room of my own.
After living at a “wet shelter” I was overwhelmed by silence in the house. I missed sitting down for dinner as a family, ever since my two sons moved to live on their own. I really began to reflect upon my past childhood, which wasn’t good. So, eating as a nice quiet family, with dishes well prepared has been a treasure to me. There have been so many relationship issues that living with six other women have given me the opportunity to work through.
Back to School
I am now enrolled in college courses after addressing multiple health issues. Lastly, volunteering at an office that gives its opportunities to assist me formal employment in the future.
Since I have been at Elise house, my life has improved for the better. It has helped me mature by living on my own, going to work, paying my rent so that I have a good life. I feel better about myself when doing the right thing and I can see a difference in my attitude. These past two months have made me stronger especially because I am surrounded by good people at HNH.
Yoga Neighborhood Comes to Eve’s House
Yoga Neighborhood grew out of a Kind Yoga teacher training program, after instructor Diane Kovanda asked her students: What are you going to do once this training is complete? Teaching in a traditional studio wasn’t the answer for Gin Ryan Hoeck. With a background in the Peace Corps and nonprofits, it was clear to her that some people who could really benefit from yoga didn’t have the opportunity to practice—mostly because of the cost but also for lack of information, education, and convenience.
About two months ago, Gin and her volunteer instructor Sandy McShane approached the manager of Eve’s house, Caroline Corrigan to offer free yoga classes for residents of HNH. Every Friday at 10:00 a.m. Sandy comes to Eve’s house and the end result is we have many residents who are feeling great residual benefits from the yoga.
A Letter from the President
To start with the biggest needs first, Homeless not Hopeless currently owns two homes and rents two others in order to provide shelter, care and education for fifty formerly homeless people on Cape Cod. To reduce our expenses and invest in our future, we are looking to consolidate our rental properties into a third home to be owned by our non-profit organization. If we are able to generate sufficient capital from donors such as the supporters of the Cape Cod Foundation, we will consolidate and ensure our future as one of the most unique service providers for the homeless in our community.
Homeless Not Hopeless, Inc. is a 501(c)3 corporation founded in 2007 by a group of homeless people who took the extraordinary idea–that homeless people could take care of homeless people all by themselves and turned that dream into a reality. The two original homes managed by this program, supported by individuals within our Cape Cod community who care deeply about helping homeless people progress beyond the limited life of living on the streets or in the woods, have expanded to four homes. Each home is managed by a formerly homeless man or woman.
We welcome people off the streets guided to us by one of many community partners such as the Housing Assistance Corporation, Duffy Medical Services, or the Cape Cod Council of Churches. Our residents progress from the disoriented state of living out of their cars or in a tent in the woods to gradually becoming part of a community. They take on responsibilities within the homes, starting with self-care, moving through household chores and progressing to community service. Then, after getting settled and plugged into the various support services within the community, they get jobs, save money, and eventually move on into independent housing.
Our program works because it is more of a loving family than an institution. The people in charge not only care, they fully understand what our new residents are living through because these managers experienced the same difficult life situations a short time ago.
In fact, these great managers are one of the reasons that I have contacted you. After joining our program, they donated their old cars to be used by Homeless not Hopeless. While we were able to raise funds and secure a generous price reduction from Tracey Volkswagen to replace one of these over-worked vehicles, we have been actively seeking donation of a pick up truck to replace an old van that one of the gentlemen was previously living out of.
Our final significant request is to handle the roof replacement for the women’s home we own at 22 Main St, which we call Eve’s House. It is home to 15 women, and the heavy snow this winter acerbated the deterioration on the aged roof. To sum up our pressing financial needs, we are looking to raise the approximate funds:
- $200,000 for the new home
- $10-15,000 for the Eve’s House roof
- $25,000 for a pre-owned pick up truck.
As supporters of HNH, I hope this narrative satisfies your current information needs. As for now, pray for us (or send good positive energy if prayer isn’t your thing). Much of what Homeless Not Hopeless has achieved so far has been attributed to the power of prayer as many of our supporters have come to hear of this remarkable organization through their churches or synagogues. Every religious and secular tradition advocates for its members to help the poorest of the poor. While a meal here or a financial contribution there are temporarily helpful, what we do is truly transformative: we help homeless people learn to help themselves. In this way, a contribution to Homeless Not Hopeless goes toward breaking the cycle of poverty that puts people in the streets in the first place.
Please do whatever you can to help continue and strengthen our mission.
President of the Board of Directors, Homeless Not Hopeless, Inc.
Poetry from faith house
The city street
The city street
Glass and clay
From corners dark
Reptile death birds
A road gear growl
Fanged and talloned
Dead hard pavement
Death not seen
Through death’s in town
Past heavens boast
The pied dawn
With welcome mats
For your new home
Written by John Douglas McGraw, a resident of Faith House.