Edition 303 | August 26, 2021
E-Newsletter. This bi-weekly newsletter is designed to provide timely information on health and human service topics of interest for 
people living and working in Barnstable County.
Vaira Harik, Deputy Director of Barnstable County Department of Human Services, is Named Assistant County Administrator

The Barnstable County Board of Regional Commissioners is pleased to announce the appointment of Vaira Harik as Assistant County Administrator.

Since 2013, Ms. Harik has served as Senior Program Manager and Deputy Director at Barnstable County Department of Human Services.

Throughout the pandemic, Ms. Harik was an integral part of the Incident Command structure at Barnstable County and has filled the role of County epidemiologist, providing daily regional COVID-19 statistics, and explaining the epidemiological facts that underlie transmission. She has also been a member of the Cape Cod COVID-19 Response Task Force (formerly the Cape Cod Reopening Task Force) and reported to the media weekly since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Barnstable County HOME Program - Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report
For Program Year 2020
Notice of Public Meeting, Document Availability and Comment Period
The Barnstable County HOME Program has completed its Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER) for Program Year 2020 (July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021). The HOME Consortium was awarded $462,132 in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to carry out the goals and objectives set forth in the HOME Program’s 2020 - 2024 Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan and 2020 Annual Action Plan. The CAPER is a year-end report that outlines the accomplishments and challenges of the Barnstable County HOME Program. The Barnstable County HOME staff will conduct a virtual public meeting on the draft 2020 CAPER on: September 14, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. 

The draft 2020 CAPER will be available for review as of September 10, 2021. Comments on the Draft 2020 CAPER will be accepted through September 27, 2021 and will be summarized in the final CAPER submitted to HUD.
Barnstable County HOME Program Funded $250,000 for Yarmouth Gardens Project
The Barnstable County HOME Consortium is proud to have collaborated with our state and local municipal partners in providing funding assistance to this much-needed affordable housing development in Yarmouth.

The Residences at Yarmouth Gardens, an affordable mixed-income development, is now under construction on Route 28 in West Yarmouth. Applications are now being accepted for its 40 apartments, due by October 29, 2021. All qualified applicants will be entered into a lottery.
9/11 Day of Service (Drive-Thru Food Drive for Veterans) 

We will always remember the sacrifice that so many people had made to search and rescue those from a horrific destruction. In honor of 9/11, on its 20th Anniversary, AmeriCorps Seniors will be holding drive-thru food drives throughout August and early September. All donations will benefit the Cape & Islands Veterans Outreach Center.
#HaveTheConversation about Safety
While we wait to see what each community and school district is planning for the return to school this fall, there are always lessons to teach, prepare, and remind children as they prepare to go to school for the first time, or return. Consider reviewing one or all of these lessons with your children or loved ones. 
Join our Team!

The Community Development Partnership leads the Lower Cape in building a diverse year-round community of people who can afford to live, work and thrive here. To accomplish our mission, we promote, develop and manage affordable housing; nurture the launch and growth of small businesses; and facilitate collaboration with business, non-profit, and government partners.
Chief Financial & Operations Officer
Property Management Administrator 
Manager of Business & Credit Programs Announcement 
International Overdose Awareness Day event, August 31, 2021 at 6:00pm
International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held on the 31st of August each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths and that it is preventable. Please bring a beach chair and a large photo of your lost loved one. We will have community resource tables, personal experience speakers, tributes to our loved ones, a candlelight vigil and a sunset prayer. 

Guest Speaker:
Kristoph Pydynkowski, AddictionTreatment Specialist 

Dawn (508) 737-0086
CHNA27 Zoom Meeting, September 9, 2021, 9:00-10:30am
Please see flyer below for more information.
ROAR 4th Annual Ride September 12th, 2021
ROAR (Ride for Opioid Addiction Recovery) is holding it's 4th annual motorcycle ride/rally Sunday September 12, 2021, from the Falmouth High School riding to the Barnstable High School. Anyone can come for the price of a $20 wristband. Food, raffles and lots of hope. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at Falmouth High School. The ride commences at 11 a.m.
APDA/PSN Cape Cod Optimism Walk - September 19th, 2021
What is an Optimism Walk? • An important (and fun-filled!) fundraising event that offers a short non-competitive walk with family-friendly activities! • Each Optimism Walk is part of a nationwide movement to mobilize and inspire people to step up and help put an end to Parkinson’s disease. Be a part of it!
Ride for Homes Happening September 26th, 2021 Register now!
Join us for our signature event!

The Ride for Homes, which raises critical funds to help Habitat Cape Cod families achieve the dream of homeownership.
Our Ride takes place each year in the fall, with over 100 riders riding one of two routes, 12 miles or 20. The event raises close to $80,000 annually which helps us continue our important work.
Join Calmer Choice for a Free Community Breakfast Event on September 28th, 2021
Start your morning with some inspiration and conversation. Join the area's most influential and innovative community-minded leaders and businesses as we discuss the landscape of Calmer Choice today and in the future. 

  • Learn how we work & how Calmer Choice might work for you
  • Meet the incoming CEO & hear our vision for the future
  • Chat with Founder & CEO Fiona Jensen before she retires 
More to the Storey: Suicide Prevention 5K & 10K
You’re invited to More to the Story: Suicide Prevention 5K & 10K, a run to benefit Vinfen community-based mental health programs on Cape Cod.

The race will be on Saturday, October 2, starting at 9:35 a.m. The official 5K and 10K will start at 10 a.m. for teenagers and adults.
This community-building event will increase awareness on the prevalence of suicidality amongst the Cape Cod community. Vinfen has been serving the Cape Cod community since 1987 and currently serves over 300 individuals with mental health conditions, intellectual and developmental disabilities, brain injuries, and behavioral health challenges.

All funds raised from this event will go directly toward reducing stigma associated with mental health conditions and/or substance use challenges as well as increasing awareness and resources regarding the prevention of suicide throughout the Cape Cod region.
FREE WEBINAR - What If I Say the Wrong Thing? Tips for Communicating When Your Loved One is Depressed -October 27, 2021, 7:00-8:30pm ET

Families for Depression Awareness is presenting our free What If I Say the Wrong Thing? Tips for Communicating When Your Loved One Is Depressed webinar on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM ET/ 4:00 to 5:30 PM PT. In this webinar, Dr. Chris Segrin shares how caregivers can communicate effectively with a loved one about their depression, manage conflict, maintain their own boundaries, and offer hope to a person living with depression. Register to join us for a live webinar discussion or watch on demand after it airs.
After the webinar, complete our online evaluation and participants will receive a free copy of our 60-page handbook - Helping Someone Living with Depression or Bipolar Disorder: A Handbook for Families and Caregivers.
Dennis Yarmouth Adult Education Program 
All classes are held at D-Y High School 210 Station Avenue, South Yarmouth.
Food Access Cape Cod

The Barnstable County Cooperative Extension has compiled information on programs and sites in Barnstable County where prepared meals and pre-bagged groceries and supplies are available for pick-up.

Please see flyer below for listing of meal distribution sites on the Cape.
Coping During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Cape Cod COVID-19 Response Task Force has collected helpful wellness resources for you during COVID-19. Please check back regularly as we add to these resources. 
Each month we will highlight tools to help manage this crisis and identify for you web videos, articles, discussions, and resources we have found helpful. These tools apply to those of all ages, children, adolescents, young adults, adults, and elders.
Barnstable County COVID-19 Recovery Resources

COVID-19 can be difficult for all of us but especially for those in recovery. This might be exacerbated by people unable to attend their normal support group meetings or other recovery supports. Please click on button below to find local and nationwide resources related to substance use disorder and mental health. You can also call the MA Substance Use Helpline anytime at 800-327-5050.
COVID 19 Survival Kit Series - Sponsored by NAMI Cape Cod & The Islands

In early 2020, when COVID 19 hit hard, NAMI Cape Cod & the Islands developed an 8-part Survival Tool Kit Series, based on the research of Bruce Perry, renowned child psychiatrist and neuroscientist. The kit was developed as a guide to review, over the fall and winter months, some essential tools to help us deal with stress of the COVID 19 pandemic. These tools apply to those of all ages--children, adolescents, young adults, adults and elders. Each month highlights a new topic and provides tools to help manage this crisis and identify resources such as web videos, articles, discussions and more we have found helpful. In the month of February we are highlighting part 4 of the series which focuses on “Screen Time”. To access the tool kit click website button below. We want everyone to be safe and healthy during this pandemic. 
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