Cape Cod & Islands Military Veterans
Organizations which provide a wide array of services which contribute to the safety and overall well-being of military and veteran families.
A Baby Center
Helping babies get a great start in life!
A Baby Center supplements critical basic supplies (diapers, wipes, formula, clothing, etc.) to families living in low income or military households on Cape Cod or the Islands with babies under the age of three.
Link to website: http://www.ababycenter.org
Affordable Home Services
We provide quality home services for our seniors and for older veterans. We hire returning veterans to our service operations and administrative staff.
Visit our web site at ourseniorstenderlovingcare.com
The American Red Cross of Massachusetts
Part of the largest and most diverse service organization in the US, providing food and shelter in emergencies, operating the largest food pantry in New England, teaching lifesaving skills, training nurse’s aides and certified nursing assistants, and serving members of the Armed Forces and Veterans by supporting them and restoring their family connections. All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free.
EMERGENCY SERVICES FOR MILITARY/VETERANS
If you are military family or a veteran in crises, call 877-272-7337 for immediate assistance. The Communications Center is available to help 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
When crises affect military families, the Red Cross responds with a range of emergency services, including Emergency Communications for active military, counseling, guidance, information, referrals and financial assistance.
Through partnerships with the Departments of Defense and Veterans’ Services, the Red Cross provides transition and reintegration support to wounded warriors, to veterans, and to their families as well as coordination of casework to support veteran reintegration.
- Emergency financial assistance (requirements apply)
- Resiliency workshops (communicating clearly, exploring stress and trauma, identifying depression, relating to children, working through anger)
ALL SERVICES ARE CONFIDENTIAL
Link to website: www.redcross.org/ma
Barnstable County Department of Human Services
Creating a Healthy Connected Cape Cod
Connecting individuals, families and organizations to the health and human services information and services they need. Programs: Cape and Islands Regional Network on Homelessness, HOME affordable housing program, Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund for chronic disease prevention, Regional Substance Abuse Council, and the SHINE program for Medicare recipients and their caregivers. Key links: Emergency Hotlines, E-newsletter sign-up, Accessibility and Disability Resource Center.
Our Public Health and Wellness Website is a resource for those seeking information in health and human services. The site provides data and information about community services, laws, related news, and a local Service Directory that includes resources on aging, disability, mental health, substance use, housing, and basic needs. Our Behavioral Health Website focuses on behavioral/mental health information, and includes a local Service Directory, key health topics including medications, symptoms, and supports, and current legislation.
Portal sponsored by the Barnstable County Department of Human Services is a resource for individuals, families, and agencies with behavioral health questions or concerns. It provides information about behavioral health services in our region, including a robust Service Directory developed in partnership with the Behavioral Health Service Provider Coalition of Cape Cod and the Islands; key health topics; current legislation; and organizations that provide assistance to behavioral health clients, families, and service providers. http://barnstable.ma.networkofcare.org/mh/
REGIONAL NETWORK ON HOMELESSNESS
The Cape and Islands Regional Network on Homelessness is a collaborative effort of state, county and local government, social service providers, housing agencies, faith-based organizations, the business community and individuals working together to prevent and end homelessness.
For more information, please contact the Network Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Link to website: www.bchumanservices.net/regional-network-to-address-homelessness
BARNSTABLE COUNTY REGIONAL SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNCIL
The Barnstable County Regional Substance Abuse Council provides a coordinated and comprehensive regional approach to substance abuse across the continuum of prevention, treatment, criminal justice, and recovery. The purpose of the Council is to establish a communication infrastructure across towns, providers, organization, and individuals on Cape Cod. The Council holds monthly meetings open to the public on the first Thursday of every month from 4:00 pm-5:30 pm at the Harborview Conference Room in the County Complex.
The SHINE Program (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone)
A state health insurance assistance program that provides free health insurance information, confidential counseling, and assistance to Medicare beneficiaries of all ages and their caregivers. SHINE counselors are volunteers who are trained and certified by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs to provide unbiased health insurance counseling. For more information about SHINE or to schedule a free confidential appointment with a SHINE counselor, please contact SHINE@BarnstableCounty.org
Link to website: www.bchumanservices.net
Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office- Community Service
The purpose of the Community Service Program is to provide the Cape Cod Community with free inmate labor in support of worthwhile municipal and non-profit organization projects. For veterans in need we provide a variety of services including exterior painting, carpentry, landscaping, masonry, re-roofing, re-siding, demolition, moving services and the construction of handicap ramps. Veterans need a sponsoring organization to make the request on their behalf.
Our website is: www.bsheriff.net Click on “Community Relations” – then click on “Request a Community Service Work Crew”.
Barnstable County Probate and Family Court
The Barnstable Probate and Family Court is the court where all family matters are filed and heard in Barnstable County. This includes Adoption, Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Abuse Prevention, Grandparent Visitation, Guardianships, Conservatorships, Estates, Equity Matters, and Change of Name.
The Court has a Volunteer Lawyer of the Day Program that is run by the Barnstable County Bar Association. A volunteer lawyer who provides general advice and assistance in completing court paperwork is generally present from approximately 9 a.m. to 12 noon Monday through Friday. Customers are seen on a first come, first served basis by the lawyer of the day. In addition, there is a volunteer at court every day except Wednesday to assist individuals who are seeking an abuse prevention order. The Department of Revenue is also available at the court Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to assist individuals with Department of Revenue child support matters.
Information, access to court forms and ability to ask questions can be done through the Court website (see below). There is also a law library on site in the Barnstable County Court complex with librarians who can assist with legal research and court forms. Court hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with the exception of legal holidays.
If you have questions, you may call:
(508) 375-6722 for Domestic Relations Matters
(508) 375-6846 for Abuse Prevention Matters
(508) 375-6725 for Estate Matters and Name Change
(508) 375-6840 for Guardianship, Conservatorship and Adoption Matters.
The Barnstable Probate and Family Court website is www.barnstablecountypfc.com
Anastasia Welsh Perrino, Register of Probate
3195 Main Street, P. O. Box 346
Barnstable, MA 02630
BEACON HOSPICE—AN AMEDISYS COMPANY
Beacon Hospice provides compassionate care for patients facing a life limiting illness, and provides comfort and support for their loved ones. We meet each patient’s individual physical, spiritual, and emotional needs to promote dignity and affirm quality of life.
Beacon Hospice through its We Honor Veterans Program in conjunction with the National Hospice Palliative Care Organization provides resources to promote Veteran-centric care through increasing awareness of veterans' end-of-life needs, honoring the individual veteran patient and strengthening relationships with veteran community organizations.
Beacon Hospice has also become a Vietnam War Commemorative Partner and will host 2 events a year to recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by Vietnam veterans. Cynthia Robotham is the Volunteer Coordinator.
Link to website: www.beaconhospice.com
THE BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION OF MASSACHUSETTS
The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts provides support to survivors and their families, offers programs to prevent brain injuries and advocates for legislation and improved community services. The organization provides over 9 support groups on Cape Cod for survivors and their families and friends.
Please call us for information and referrals for all aspects of brain injury. We encourage Veterans and their families to contact us.
Link to website: www.biama.org
Cape Cod Children’s Museum
Cape Cod Children’s Museum offers FREE admission to military personnel with a military ID and always 50% for accompanying children.
All daily programming is always free with admission.
Cape Cod Children’s Museum is presently developing a "Get Up and Move" creative movement program incorporating health and nutrition, yoga and music specifically for military children and families. If you are interested in learning more about this program, visit the website at www.capecodchildrensmuseum.org or contact Sarah Dailey directly at (508) 539-8788.
Cape Cod Military Support Foundation Inc.
The Cape Cod Military Support Foundation supports the Active Duty Military Personnel and their families stationed at Joint Base Cape Cod and US Coast Guard Southeast Sector in times of need, whether the issues be medical, financial, or family related. Assistance is available through the Chaplain’s Fund and the Children’s Fund.
Link to Our Website: www.capecodmilitaryfoundation.com
Office Phone 508-743-0333
Cape Cod Veterans Inc.
Our mission: "To maintain a fraternal and patriotic organization that is a public charity dedicated to assisting members of the Armed Forces of the United States, Veterans and their families. Maintain true allegiance to the Government of the United States of America and fidelity to its Constitution and laws."
We provide direct financial assistance to needy Veterans and their families for home and grounds repairs.
Cape and Islands Veterans Outreach Center: Outreach Program
Our Outreach Program seeks to work with others to improve the coordination of, and collaboration among the multiple veteran service providers and supporters on the Cape. The Program also provides opportunities for the veteran community and the community at large to interact in service projects which bring the two communities closer together. Finally, the Program works to expand the Cape and Islands outreach to both the veteran community and the community at large through presentations which better familiarize all members of the community with the veteran experience and the services available to veterans and their families.
Link to Our Website: capeandislandsvoc.org
Cape and Islands Veterans Outreach, Food Pantry
The Cape and Islands Veterans Outreach Center’s Food Pantry provides a variety of foods to qualifying veterans and their families. It operates between the hours of 9:30 and 2 on Thursdays, and families may visit the pantry twice a month. The food pantry services approximately 1500 families and 2400 individuals annually.
Link to Our Website: capeandislandsvoc.org
Cotuit Center for the Arts
Drumming Through Trauma - Drumming through Trauma is open to Veterans, Active Duty Service members, Family, Friends dealing with PTSD Tuesdays from 5:30 - 6:30. The class will be held in the Art Studio at Cotuit Center for the Arts on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month and at the Vets Center at 474 West Main Street in Hyannis on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month.
Military discount on tickets
FALMOUTH HUMAN SERVICES
- Free mental health and substance abuse counseling by licensed, professional staff to any Falmouth resident who has no health insurance, is unable to afford their deductible and co-pays, or for any other reason may be unable to access mental health care in the private sector.?
- Centralized information (in person or via web site) about human services and resources in the Falmouth or Cape Cod area
- Consultation, outreach and/or advocacy services to Falmouth residents and organizations in the Falmouth community
- Promotes collaboration among town departments, human service agencies and community and regional organizations to enhance and expand services to residents.
- Provides a clinical internship to a master’s level graduate student from an accredited social work school.
The Falmouth Military Support Group
The Falmouth Military Support Group was organized in 2003 to provide moral and physical support to our areas service members serving in Iraq and Afghanistan while deployed and once home. We offer support at home to veterans and their families through referral assistance, whether it be personal care help, financial assistance, job searches etc. We also offer food cards and gift cards. We continue to hold family support meetings, currently the 2nd Monday of each month at the Gus Canty Community Center in Falmouth at 7pm.
FALMOUTH SERVICE CENTER
The mission of the Falmouth Service Center is to ease stress, reduce hunger, and improve the quality of life of neighbors in need. FSC provides a food pantry for residents of Falmouth, Mashpee, Joint Base Cape Cod, and those who work in Falmouth. In addition, we provide application support for fuel assistance, SNAP, and MassHealth. Clothing, small household goods, community resource and referral information is also available to clients. In addition, financial assistance is available to Falmouth residents, in conjunction with budget management workshops who need housing stabilization assistance and/or help paying utilities.
The Golf Club of Cape Cod
Once a year The Golf Club of Cape Cod hosts a special day to recognize our local heroes. We welcome veterans and active military to participate in a complimentary golf Clinic followed by a free BBQ. Join us, regardless of your generation, branch, rank or golf skill level TGC wants to thank you for your service.
Annual Free Golf Clinic and BBQ
Call Gwen (508 )457-7200X116
Heidrea for Heroes
Our mission is to provide adaptive housing renovations, vehicle modifications, specialized mobility equipment, custom veteran and family support and workforce readiness/training opportunities that will inspire and motivate veterans and families to move forward.
Heroes in Transition
Heroes in Transition provides transitional support groups for veterans and military families.
- Veterans Adventures for Stronger Tomorrows (VAST). VAST is a non-traditional program developed and facilitated by a veteran that provides an opportunity for veterans to develop camaraderie, trust and support for each other. Activities include kayaking, golfing, bowling, camping and various other outings as well as attendance to sporting events.
- Provides PSTD Service Dogs. PTSD service dogs are specially trained to meet the individualized needs of the veteran (calming, reorienting, support, confidence building).
- Families In Transition (F.I.T) – Families in Transition is a program for military families, and is a collaboration with Operation Military Kids Cape Cod and Smithfield Farm. Week long late afternoon summer program that provides equine therapy for the family, support group therapy for adults etc.
HopeHealth - Hope Dementia & Alzheimer’s Services
Hope Dementia & Alzheimer’s Services provides information, education and support for people with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia and the families and professionals who care for them. Services include telephone helpline; educational support groups; respite grants; memory screenings; care management plans and family consultations; professional training; free community education; and referrals to other local agencies.
Learn more at HopeDementia.org or call 508-775-5656
Independence House consists of many different programs dedicated to providing free and confidential services for victims/survivors of domestic and sexual violence and their children. Our services are accessible to all ages, genders, cultures and languages.
Clients are encouraged to work with a counselor who can help determine which services may be most beneficial.
24 HOUR HOTLINE: 800-439-6507
Link to Our Website: Independence House.org
102nd Intelligence Wing, Airman and
Family Readiness Program
- Informational Referral Services
- Deployment Cycle Support
- Personal, Family and Community Readiness
- Assistance in Crisis Management
- Direction and Guidance
- Resiliency: Life Skills Education
- Community outreach and Cooperative Interface
- Transition Assistance: Relocation and Career assistance.
- available to service members, veterans, and service connected family members of any branch of the military to include the families of the fallen.
MAARNG Family Assistance
The Army National Guard Family Assistance Specialist (FAS) provides information, assistance, referral and follow up services to service members, families and survivors from all branches of service and components regarding financial issues, legal issues, TriCare, benefits/entitlements, ID cards/Deers enrollment and crisis intervention. Assistance is provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Massachusetts National Guard
Family Assistance Center Specialist
Tel: 508-968-5676 Cell: 781-760-0201
Masonic Military Assistance Project
The mission of the Masonic Military Assistance Project (MMAP) is to sponsor and implement fundraising and disbursement activities for the purpose of providing financial assistance to needy military veterans on Cape Cod and the Islands. Several typical directions of charitable assistance will be considered, including the following: The retrofit, remodeling and providing necessary accessories for disabled veteran’s homes to accommodate his or her needs and to enable the veteran to live as normally as possible, a comfortable, meaningful life with family and friends. Also, MMAP will provide support for specific projects of local 501(c) (3) organizations whose primary mission is providing various services to veterans and their families. Any proposals are considered once a year by the MMAP Board of Trustees through a timely and transparent approval process."
Contact Us: email@example.com
Massachusetts National Guard Family Program
The MANG FPO (MA National Guard Family Program) enhanced the regional concept of support with the addition of regionally based teams that address Assistance, Readiness and Resiliency for all our Servicemembers, Veterans, Military Families and Youth and Survivor Families in the state of Massachusetts. The MANG FPO's mission is to establish a viable Family Readiness Network which identifies multiple local, state and federal resources; empowers Military Families; enhances Quality of Life; and ensures both Guard and Family resiliency to promote the best in both.
Military Family Outreach/Cape Cod (formerly Operation Military Kids)
Special opportunities for military children and families to engage in local community events. Grant funded summer camping opportunities and an annual family support camp in collaboration with Smithfield Farm and Heroes in Transition. Also some fee waivers for youth development programs.
Kerry Bickford firstname.lastname@example.org
Link to Our Website: www.capecodextension.org
The MSPCA Cape Cod, in collaboration with the United States Marine Corporal Nicholas G. Xiarhos Memorial Fund, has launched a pet visitation program called Cape Wags for Tags, helping veterans on Cape Cod suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, substance abuse, depression, and thoughts of suicide. The MSPCA-Cape Cod is grateful for the generous support from the TGC Fund of The Cape Cod Foundation for underwriting this program.
Our project pairs a military veteran with an animal in a supervised setting, where both human and animal benefit from socialization and kindness.
Veterans and shelter animals have been through traumatic events, but together they can help each other heal. Medical studies have shown that companion animals significantly improve mental and physical health, reducing stress, depression, and anxiety symptoms experienced by many serving in the military.
We are grateful to partner with the Yarmouth Police Department, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs in Hyannis and the Pleasant Bay Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Brewster on this important community program. The MSPCA Cape Cod offers its deepest thanks to Yarmouth Deputy Chief of Police Steven G. Xiarhos for honoring his oldest son, who died in Afghanistan at age 21 while going to the aid of his fellow Marines in combat on July 23, 2009, by supporting this initiative.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people living with mental illness. It is a designated evidenced-based program. Research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to an individual living with a mental health condition.
Link to Our Website: http://www.namicapecod.org/
Nicholas G. Xiarhos Fund
The Nicholas G. Xiarhos Memorial Fund is designed to support local military families, wounded warriors and their families in need of financial assistance as well as variety of other needs. The fund also provides education scholarships.
For more information please visit www.cplngx.com
Operation Adopt a Soldier
Holiday support with family “adoption” by generous citizen Santas
Support for homeless veterans transitioning to independent living & for military families in need with donations of furniture, household items, food & gift cards.
Care packages to deployed troops.
Information on VA home loans, real estate contacts and home inspections.
OTIS CIVILIAN ADVISORY COUNCIL, INC.
The Otis Civilian Advisory Council, Inc. serves as a liaison between the military and the surrounding communities. Programs include: four $1,000 scholarships annually to deserving dependents of members of the various military commands assigned to the Massachusetts Military Reservation (MMR) and U.S. Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England based in Woods Hole; the annual “Military Awards Night” to honor the outstanding non-commissioned person from each military command; support of Toys for Tots;support with supermarket gift cards for needy military members and families; and the annual Memorial Day Ceremony held at Memorial Park.
Otis Civilian Advisory Council
PO Box 651
Falmouth, MA 02541
President: Donald Cox
Email : email@example.com
ROLLING THUNDER®,MA CH 2
The major goals of Rolling Thunder are to publicize the POW/MIA issue, educate the public of the fact that many American prisoners of war were left behind after all previous wars, and protect future veterans from being left behind should they become prisoners of war/missing in action. Rolling Thunder is committed to helping American veterans from all conflicts.
South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc.
South Coastal Counties Legal Services with its subsidiary, the Justice Center of Southeast, Massachusetts is the principal provider of free, non-criminal civil legal assistance to financially eligible low income Veterans and their family members living in Southeast, Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands.
SCCLS ensures vulnerable veterans and their families get the legal services they require to acces the judicial system and overcome legal barriers to personal safety, financial security, educational attainment, individual rights, and adequate food and shelter.
U.S. Coast Guard Base Cape Cod
U.S. Coast Guard Base Cape Cod is the Coast Guard's primary tenant command within Joint Base Cape Cod (JBCC). CG Base Cape Cod Supports All Other CG tenant commands on Joint Base Cape Cod
- Air Station Cape Cod
- Northeastern Regional Fisheries Training Center
- Electronic Support Detachment Cape Cod (BCC)
- Marine Safety Detachment Cape Cod
- Atlantic Area Armory
- Port Security Unit 301
- Coast Guard Investigative Service
- Coast Guard Auxiliary
Base Cape Cod serves as the single DCMS touch point for the support of Coast Guard operations within the 1st Coast Guard District.
Kaehler Memorial Clinic - Provides on-base 911 Emergency Services and can service Retirees on a limited basis. Contact the Administrator for detailed information.
Services - Base Access Office - Contact Security Office between 0730 and 1430 at (508) 968-6690/6370 / Military ID Card Office appointments for all services: https://rapids-appointments.dmdc.osd.mil
Base Cape Cod Dining Facility - 3159 Herbert Road, Serving Breakfast, Lunch and Brunch on the weekends
Coast Guard Exchange System - 508-563-2495, Main Exchange, grocery, package store, mini-mart and gas station. Employment Opportunities
Work Life - www.cgsuprt.com
MWR - www.mwrcapecod.com
- Wings Inn w/Pet Friendly Rooms - Townhomes - RV Park & RV Storage Lot - Nantucket House - Roxy Movie Theater - 9 Hole Golf Course, Clubhouse & Deli - Crosswinds Activity Center: Bowling, Arcades, Darts, Billiards, Golf Simulator, Party/Function Rooms & Deli - Seasonal Outdoor Pool - Ticket Office
- MWR Administration Office - Rental Office - Area Beach Passes - Youth Programs, Sports and Recreation
- Employment Opportunities
Various Youth Groups - Air Force Civil Air Patrol, Navy Sea Cadets, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4-H Clubs
Chapel Services - Chaplain Services - Catholic Services - CCD - Dorothy's Baby Pantry
VET CENTER PROGRAM - Hyannis
Our mission is to assist war Veterans and their family members. We offer family support groups, caregiver support services, as well as couples and family counseling.
We welcome home war Veterans with honor by providing quality readjustment counseling in a caring manner. We provide a broad range of counseling, outreach, and referral services to eligible Veterans and their family members.
All services are free and confidential.
Individual and group counseling for trauma, readjustment, substance abuse, sexual trauma, employment, marital and family issues, and bereavement are offered. We facilitate referrals to VA Medical Facilities, VA Regional Offices, and local organizations.
We promote Outreach to new Veterans and Community Education.
474 West Main Street
Hyannis, MA 02601
Phone: 508-778-0124 Or 877-927-8387
Veterans Adventures for a Stronger Tomorrow
VAST is a program designed as an alternative way to combat PTS, combat stress, anxiety, depression, disabilities and everything we deal with on a daily basis after deployments. Monthly we will go on free adventures like whitewater rafting, kayaking, camping, hiking, fishing, golfing, hunting, sporting events etc. Camaraderie, teamwork, feeling of self-worth, confidence & motivation are just a few things to describe what is gained by being a part of VAST. We are a brother and sisterhood of all ages that we will overcome challenges and personal hurdles together as we bond on some great adventures. V.A.S.T is sponsored by Heroes in Transition-www.heroesintransition.org
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Veterans Inc. is New England’s leading provider of support services to veterans and their families. Veterans Inc. provides assistance accessing permanent housing, case management services, employment services, job training, family support programs, benefits counseling and advocacy, and temporary financial assistance to veterans and their families at offices in New Bedford and at partner locations across the state.
To apply for services, visit www.veteransinc.org or call 800-482-2565 24 hours a day.
WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) Program
WIC is a free nutrition program that provides healthy foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to healthcare and other services to Massachusetts families who qualify. WIC’s goal is to keep pregnant and breastfeeding women and kids under 5 healthy.
To apply for WIC, call:
Cape Cod WIC Program
1019 Iyanough Road
Unit #7, Route 132
Hyannis, MA 02601
Outer Cape WIC Program
79 Finlay Road, Unit #2
Orleans, MA 02653
Plymouth WIC Program
123 Camelot Drive
Plymouth, MA 02360