Monthly news & updates from the Community Development Partnership
February 2017

A Note from Jay
25 Years
Our Annual Meeting is such a great opportunity to reflect on the past year, look forward to the new one and connect with so many of you - our friends, supporters, partners and clients . And this year it's a special one, as it will be a kick-off for celebrating our 25th Anniversary. We're pleased to be holding it at Wellfleet Preservation Hall on Thursday, April 13th at 5:00 PM. We will once again elect new Board Members and Officers and present our two annual awards.
We created the Gwen Pelletier Award for Excellence in Community Service to honor former longtime CDP Executive Director, Gwen Pelletier for her years of service to the Lower Cape community . The award recognizes individuals, businesses or organizations for their involvement and support for maintaining the economic diversity of the Lower Cape .
The Norm Edinberg Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship was created to honor the late Norm Edinberg, former longtime CDP Board Member, for his years of service to the Lower Cape business community . The award recognizes an established Lower Cape business owner who has utilized CDP business and credit services, and who has an established community connection through social responsibility, environmental sustainability, volunteer time or financial contributions .
Nominations from the community for both awards are most welcome. You can find the nomination forms on the CDP's website, along with a list of past honorees, by clicking here. Nominations are due by Friday, February 24th.
I hope you will "save the date" and join us on April 13th for this annual celebration of the CDP's work to create opportunities for people to live, work and thrive on the Lower Cape ! Register here.

As always, thank you for your interest and support,

Jay - short
Thank You
Your generous gifts are what make our work possible. Thank you for supporting our community!

Safe, Stable, & Affordable Housing
Canal House

For 19 years, we've been providing a safe, supportive environment for people in recovery at Canal House. This home is for people on the path to sobriety and in need of both personal guidance and an affordable place to live. Since opening, 127 individuals have resided in the house.

An important component of each person's time at Canal House is their commitment to an individual treatment plan under the guidance of a Program Director from Gosnold on Cape Cod, with whom we have a collaboration. The plan and an environment free of external stresses provides a space for residents to focus on a successful recovery.

You can read more about one person's experience at Canal House on our website
Strong Local Businesses
Pam Presenting

For many years we've had the pleasure of partnering with Cape Cod & the Islands SCORE. This relationship has enabled us to expand the counseling services we offer to Lower Cape small business owners. SCORE mentors are all certified business professionals and have a variety of expertise. Being able to draw from such a team enables us to match a business owner according the specific needs of their business. Whether it be sales, marketing, financial management or recruiting staff, the resources are here. You can find out about upcoming counseling sessions below.   
A Sustainable Future
It's a good time to start thinking about summer in all its bounty as the days grow longer. To that end, the Orleans Winter Farmers' Market will be holding the third annual CSA fair at the March 4th Market. CSA is community supported agriculture. It's a way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from farmers. During the fair you can learn more about how to get involved in one. Here are some of the folks who will be participating - Buy Fresh Buy Local; Cape Cod Organic Farm; Cape Abilities Farm; Dave's Greens; Dry Swamp Bog; Not Enough Acres. Saturday, March 4th from 9 AM to Noon at the Nauset Regional Middle School - 70 Route 28 in Orleans. Check the Market's Facebook page for updates.

Upcoming and Ongoing
Orleans Winter Farmers' Market
Each Saturday through April, local growers and producers bring their fresh, Cape-raised and produced foods and products to market in Orleans.

When & Where: Every Saturday through April from 9 AM to Noon at the Nauset Regional Middle School - 70 Route 28 in Orleans.
Housing Rehabilitation Program: Information Session 
We have a couple of sessions coming up to learn about opportunities available through the Housing Rehabilitation Program. Funds are available to eligible residents to pay for critical home repairs, like:

Roofing and Siding
Lead Paint Abatement
Minor Structural Repairs
Heating and Plumbing
Windows and Doors
Energy Efficiency Upgrades
Provincetown Council on Aging - Thursday, April 6th from 10 AM to 11:30 AM    Find Out More

Truro Council on Aging -
Wednesday, April 12th from 1:00 to 2:00 PM   Find Out More
SCORES CORE Business Counseling
Could your business use some extra guidance? Want to bounce business ideas off of someone? The CDP has arranged with Cape Cod SCORE to offer Individual Business Counseling with SCORE counselors right here in Eastham. Sign up today!

When & Where: Wednesday, March 15th from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (1 hour sessions).  CDP Conference Room - 3 Main Street Mercantile, Unit 8 in Eastham.
Cape Cod Coperative Bank
Workshop Sponsor
Grow Smart Workshop 
Could your growing business use a boost?

Join us for a workshop series for existing businesses interested in growing, improving or refreshing their business. Working in a confidential setting, business owners will be able to address current issues that challenge them on a day-to-day basis including:

When and Where: Three classes on the following dates - Wednesdays, March 1st, 8th and 15th  from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at the Harwich Community Center.
First Time Home Buyer Education 
Seamen's Bank logo

Workshop Sponsor
If you or someone you know is thinking of buying a first home (or even if you've started the process), our First Time Home Buyer Education is for you! During this 3-part workshop, participants learn about - credit health; budgeting; looking for, selecting & purchasing a home; home inspection; home energy audits; insurance protection; local resources.

Those who successfully complete the class are awarded a certificate of completion that may make them eligible for certain discount mortgage products.

When & Where: The workshop consists of three classes on the following dates - Monday, April 24th, Wednesday, April 26th & Monday, May 1st from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the CDP Conference Room - 3 Main Street Mercantile, Unit 8 in Eastham.

Thankful Chases Pathway
Affordable Housing Opportunities 
Affordable Rentals 
We manage 72 rental homes throughout the Lower Cape. Availability changes on a regular basis. Please contact our Director of Property Management at 508.240.7873 ×17 or email If you have questions and for more information.

Find Out More on Our Website

Housing Rehabilitation Program
Attention homeowners and landlords! Receive up to $35,000 for critical repairs to your home. Repairs include, but are not limited to roofing, heat, windows, siding, septic, lead paint abatement and energy efficiency upgrades. Get expert assistance on planning the work and work with quality licensed and insured contractors. Funding is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis. Opportunities in South Dennis, Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown.

This Place Matters 
our weekly radio & television show
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Also on Lower Cape TV

Join host Susan Lindquist & her guests to learn more
about people and places on Lower Cape Cod.
February 22nd: Wellfleet SPAT Executive Director, Michele Insley and shellfishermen, Andrew Cummings talk about shellfishing in Wellfleet

March 1st: Cindy Horgan, Executive Director of the Cape Cod Children's Place and Meghan Kemp, their Development Director will share updates about their current renovations and ongoing programs.

March 8th: 
Meet your Local Farmer! Michael Lach, Executive Director of the Harwich Conservation Trust share information about the Annual Meet Your Local Farmer day, scheduled for March 25th. 

March 15th:
Tom Vautin and Gwen Pelletier from the Brewster Ponds Coalition talk about the work their group is doing to preserve and protect Brewster's ponds.    
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