Belonging To Each Other
Belonging to Each Other is a Falmouth Community Organization that provides temporary housing and
loving support to our homeless neighbors during the winter months.
Newsletter - January 2017
BTEO NEW RENTAL
Four bed frames and mattresses were purchased by BTEO and, through the amazing generosity of our members and other neighbors in town, the house went from empty to fully functional and occupied in less than a week! Food is being acquired from the Falmouth Service Center and meals are being prepared at the house. So, as with the women's house, daily delivery of dinner and breakfast is not required. Transportation challenges will increase given the change in location, but new volunteers for that role are being recruited, and DART passes will be purchased on a trial basis to see how much they may help.
Alan reported that one of the four women in our women's house has been placed in more permanent housing at Champs House in Hyannis. Within 24 hours, FHC recommended a homeless woman who is working in Falmouth for our program. Alan interviewed her and immediately placed her in the BTEO women's house -- a double success story for our program!
Our program is making a real difference in the lives of more than a dozen homeless Falmouth residents -- blessings to all the many volunteers and donors who are making this possible! Thanks to Ellie, Joe, Catriona, Paula and Karen for their efforts in making the guests at the men's house truly feel at home.
- Ed Curley, BTEO Board
UPCOMING FUNDRAISING EFFORTS - FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 7:00 p.m
Three Legged Dog - Benefit Concert
Plans are underway for the benefit concert by Three Legged Dog on Saturday, March, 18 at St Barnabas Social Hall. Three-Legged Dog is today’s version of the string bands that existed all about the country in the Thirties and Forties, groups that played everything – old time mountain music, blues, ballads, devotional and dance music, jazz, pop tunes of the day – on acoustic instruments. Suggested donation: $15 payable at event.
Reserved tables of 10 available in advance for $150. Contact Fran Senner-Hurley if you are interested in reserving a table of 10. We will need volunteers to set up, clean up, greet people, and provide baked goods and snacks. To volunteer, contact Fran at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OTHER NEWS - BOARD UPDATES
- The 501 (c) 3 application has been submitted to the IRS!
- Our first Annual Meeting will be held in May. Date to be announced shortly.
BTEO took place in the Volunteer Fair on Jan. 29, organized by Engage Falmouth, a grass roots organization formed this past fall. The fair showcased 30 local social service organizations. Visitors learned about volunteer opportunities available through the various organizations.
STORIES FROM THE BTEO COMMUNITY
BTEO is grateful to all of our dedicated volunteers. This month we want to recognize two particular individuals who quickly responded to special requests.
- Thank you Dave Paton for connecting BTEO with the Falmouth Bike Lab. We received a donated bike and two helmets from the Lab. Their volunteers are working on acquiring two more bikes for the men at the rental house.
- Bill Borden finally found others to watch the Patriots with! Thank you Bill for driving the men to the Falmouth Cinema to watch the game on the big screen.
DRIVERS NEEDED: We are looking for additional volunteers to give our guests rides. The driver needs are mostly on the weekends and Thursday afternoons. Other times also require drivers. Email Karen email@example.com if you can help.
If you are interested in Volunteering please contact a committee chair
Food: Paula Donahue firstname.lastname@example.org
Transportation: Karen Crichton email@example.com
Development: Fran Senner-Hurley firstname.lastname@example.org
Support Falmouth's Efforts
Donations can be made by check, payable to Belonging To Each Other
Belonging To Each Other
P.O. Box 343
Falmouth, MA 02541
Copyright © 2017 Belonging To Each Other, All rights reserved.News 2016 - A grant from Falmouth Human Services, just awarded to Housing Assistance Corporation in collaboration with Belonging to Each Other will be used to pay for case management this year including Alan Burt LICSW, for the men and two licensed women case managers associated with HAC. This is wonderful news for our community organization and soon we ourselves will be a Non-profit 501-C 3. We will be housing four women at a time in a rented home. The men will be housed, ideally, in another winter rental home. BTEO is seeking a seasonal homeowner who finds in their heart a desire to make their otherwise empty house available to Falmouth neighbors without warm shelter this coming winter. The critical housing shortage in Falmouth as throughout the Cape is particularly poignant in the winter months when we drive by countless empty homes. Meals and transportation will continue to be provided for by our BTEO volunteers. St Barnabas is recruiting volunteers now. Please call the office or email. BTEO will be paying for the housing through our continued fund raising. Response to our letter to past donors has received immediate response. Thank you! Various fund raising events are on the calendar: yoga classes, family pumpkin painting, community scarf making in October. BTEO will have a table at the Alternative Gift Market Nov 12 and 13. Checks may be made out to St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, P.O.Box 203 Falmouth, MA 02541, memo Belonging to Each Other