COVID Gradual Reopening Protocols

ATTENTION ALL CIVOC CLIENTS

1. All clients will be required to call the individual staff member with whom they wish to meet 24 hours in advance to schedule an appointment.

2. During the call, the staff member will conduct a brief health screening to determine whether an appointment can be scheduled.

3. When a client arrives outside the office, he or she will call the staff member with whom they have an appointment from their automobile. The staff member will then:

• Come to the door to meet you
• Make sure you are masked
• Take your temperature
• Show you where to sanitize your hands
• Escort you to the appropriate office, providing you do not register with a temperature.

4. Once within the staff member’s office, both you and the staff member will maintain a six-foot distance from each other, and continue to wear a mask.

All of these precautions, dictated by the CDC, will be in place to protect the health and well-being of both our staff and clients during the current health situation.

Thank you for your patience!!!!

CIVOC’s Response to the Current Health Crisis

Dear Clients of the Cape and Islands Veterans Outreach Center:

We wanted you to know that we are making every effort to remain open to serve you in this current health crisis in our country. Of course, we reiterate the advice of health professionals in urging people not to come out unless absolutely necessary.

On our doors we have posted the request that all clients observe advised protocols, and not enter if they are feverish or feeling ill. We encourage clients to call the member of our staff with whom they are working by phone, and conduct as much business as possible in that way. Our main number is 508-778-1590.

If by chance, the main phone is not being answered, please call 508-488-8033 or email gina@capeveterans.com if you are in need of assistance.

For our food pantry clients, we have altered the procedures we normally observe, but food will be available and directions as to how to proceed are posted on the doors.

We wish all of you the best, and hope that you fair well in the days ahead. We look forward to seeing you again in our office when our situation once again returns to normal.

Thank you and be healthy!!!!!

Veterans Town Hall: Thank You

The CIVOC Board of Directors and Staff would like to thank all the members of the community who attended our Third Annual Veterans Town Hall on Monday, November 11th at the Barnstable Town Hall.  It was a respectful community event which followed the Veterans Day parade hosted by the Department of Veteran Services.

During the Town Hall, seven combat veterans spoke to nearly one hundred community members for ten minutes a piece, describing their experiences during and after combat.  Their talks culminated with a final presentation by Gold Star father, Steven Xiarhos who shared a video with the audience, and gave a brief overview of the life and death of his son Nicholas, a young Marine who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009.  Nick’s father, Steven has since founded the Nicholas Xiarhos Foundation through which he raises funds to assist veterans of Cape Cod.

This event was coordinated for the third year in a row, by our Director of Counseling, Jack Bonino who first brought the concept of this event to us three years ago. He followed the model of Congressman Seth Moulton and the author, Sebastian Junger, who first conceived of this event as a way of showing the deepest form of respect to our veterans, the act of listening to their experiences. Jack assumes  the responsibility of contacting the veteran speakers, and organizing the event each year.

An added treat for our guests this year, was a full buffet donated and served by volunteers from the Hyannis Elks, who are ongoing supporters of both our food pantry and the residents of our Transitional Housing Program.  Their generosity is moving and very much appreciated by our organization and the veterans we serve.  We would also like to thank Lynne Poyant, Community Services Director for the Town of Barnstable for all of her gracious assistance in planning this event.

 

2019 TGC for the Troops Golf Tournament Raises $52,902!

THANK YOU!

Cape & Islands Veterans Outreach Center in Hyannis would like to thank all of the generous tournament sponsors, local vendors, and individual supporters for a most successful 2019 TGC for the Troops Tournament which raised $52,902!

The tournament was hosted and run by the Sacconnesset Golf Club in East Falmouth.  Proceeds from this year’s tournament will help fund the building of the Dennis Veterans House, consisting of five bedrooms and five bathrooms which will become a home for five homeless veterans.

The Sacconnesset Golf Club has established a legacy of giving within the community and is well known for its philanthropic endeavors in several other areas in addition to veteran causes.  The TGC for the Troops Fund has been a fundamental source of support for veterans and their families all over Cape Cod raising $410,000 in the past 11 years.

Vietnam Veterans Unbroken

On Wednesday, July 17th at 1 pm. the Cape and Islands Veterans Outreach Center will host the author of the newly published, Vietnam Veterans Unbroken, Conversations on Trauma and Resiliency, by Jacqueline Murray Loring.

This book is based upon interviews with seventeen Vietnam Veterans, most of whom were clients of our Director of Counseling, Jack Bonino who originally suggested the concept of interviews about veterans’ resiliency after war. Jack is the author of the Forward of this book.

The Outreach Center is honored to host this event, during which the author will discuss the individual veterans who were interviewed, and the origin of the project. Following questions and discussions with the audience, this intriguing view into the minds of veterans will be on sale. For reservations, please call Jack Bonino at 508-778-1590, x 17 or email jackbonino@yahoo.com. Space is limited so call today!!!

Thank You Mid-Cape Home Centers

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The employees of Mid-Cape Home Center, many of whom are veterans, have chosen to enter into the Annual Charter Cup hosted by Jaxtimer, with CIVOC as the recipient of the $2000 prize, should they win. They have also set up for us a GO-FUND-ME page through which community supporters can help fund the many programs we offer to Cape Cod Veterans in need. Click on the Promotional Landing Page above to access that fund.

We sincerely thank Mid-Cape for their efforts, and we thank our community for your contributions and your attention to the needs of those who, at one time, in some way, served all of us.

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Thank You Shaws!

Cape and Islands Veteran Outreach Center’s food pantry has been chosen by Shaw’s to receive a donation through the Shaw’s “GIVE BACK WHERE IT COUNTS” reusable bag program for the month of April!

How it Works:

Every time a GIVE BACK WHERE IT COUNTS bag is purchased at the Shaw’s store located at 1070 Iyannough Road, Hyannis, during the month of April, Cape and Islands Veteran Outreach Center food pantry will recieve a $1 donation. You can find the GIVE BACK WHERE IT COUNTS bag on the reusable bag rack at the store. The rack will have a sign letting customers know Cape and Islands Veteran Outreach Center is the beneficiary during the month of April.

We Are Excited To Announce That CIVOC Now Has An Amazon Smile Account!

You can support us throughput the year by using this unique charity at:

https://smile.amazon.com/ch/22-2747295

Simply by purchasing items you would ordinarily purchase, you will help to support our many programs which feed, house, and counsel veterans and families in need. Whenever you purchase items on Amazon, CIVOC will receive a .5% donation from the total purchase amount, at no extra charge to you.

Please share this link to help continue service supporting veterans!

Creating Comfortable Homes for Veterans in Need

Operation Adopt a Soldier has been a long-time collaborator with the Cape and Islands Veterans Outreach Center and its housing programs. Whenever one of our transitional housing residents is about to  move  into his or her own independent rental, or when one of our SSVF clients has located his new home, we email this incredibly generous organization with a list of what the veterans will need in their new home.

Denise Woolf and her husband who live in Boston, and their local Cape representative, Dr. Ann Skopek, respond to the email by either finding the needed objects in the storage facility they maintain at their own expense, or by searching for what they do not have in stock.  They then load their vehicles with the requested items and deliver those items to the veteran’s new address.  Most of these deliveries occur during weekends in their spare time as Denise and her husband both work as well, as does Dr. Skopek.

At Christmas time, Ann also collects names of needy families from us and other veteran agencies, asks for the families’ Christmas list, and deploys and army of generous shoppers to fill those lists.  Days before Christmas, Ann delivers the fully wrapped gifts to us to be picked up by the families.  The donors of the gifts are completely anonymous.

Cape and Islands provides the programs and financial assistance that allow once homeless veterans and their families to finally enjoy a rental of their own.  The unique and incredible  generosity and commitment of people like Ann and Denise turn those rentals into homes.  Their motives are never to advertise or promote themselves, but only to quietly  serve those who have served all of us.  We and the veterans we serve are incredibly fortunate to have found this extraordinary group of people.

Thank you Adopt-a-Soldier!!!

Newly Formed Alliance

Pictured left to right: Bill Cotter, Chairman, TGCS for the Troops (Golf Tournament), Lt. Colonel William Burke, USA (Ret). President of Cape and Islands Veterans Outreach Center Board of Directors, Ted Pasquarello, Board Member of TGCS.

The Cape & Islands Veterans Outreach Center (CIVOC) and The Golf Club at Sacconnesset (TGCS) are very proud to announce their new partnership.  TGCS has chosen CIVOC to run its annual TGC For The Troops golf tournament.  All proceeds from the tournament will go towards funding CIVOC’s mission to provide Cape Cod Veterans and their families with a comprehensive menu of the essential, life altering and life sustaining services which will empower them to achieve a lasting reintegration into the families and communities for which they have sacrificed.   

TGCS has established a legacy of giving within the community and is well known for its philanthropic endeavors in several other areas in addition to veteran causes.  The TGC Fund has been a fundamental source of support for veterans and their families all over Cape Cod raising $365,000 raised in the past 10 years.

This year’s member-guest tournament will be held at TGCS on 10 June 2019.  There is also a free veterans golf clinic for veterans of all eras on 9 June 2019.