What We Do
The shelter operates in a confidential (publicly undisclosed) location in a quiet residential neighborhood within the county of Barnstable, Massachusetts; however, it serves clients from all over the Commonwealth with a focus on Cape Cod and the Islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.
Our shelter emphasizes quality care, building the foundation for a better life for clients to ensure that they do not return to a home life threatened by violence.
The Cape Cod Center for Women (CCCW) offers the following services:
- A 24-hour safe-house – a free confidential emergency shelter in a private location
- A 24-hour crisis hotline providing information, safety plans, and referrals
- Transportation for clients in emergencies or for medical appointments, job interviews, educational classes, etc.
- Food, clothing, personal care items, and toys for children
- One-on-one counseling and coaching toward the achievement of safe, realistic personal goals for clients and their families
- Assistance with networking and connecting with community services for obtaining housing, transitional assistance, education, employment, healthcare and child advocacy
- Moral support and guidance through weekly community-living meetings and empowerment groups
- Child care, connection to parenting groups and transportation to schools
Families are provided with access to medical and mental health care as they work to rebuild their lives.
Both child and parent advocates work with the family in groups and one-on-one.
With guidance, mothers are encouraged to set realistic goals for attaining their independence. CCCW helps them to achieve these goals through:
- Access to GED preparation and computer training
- Household budget management
- Reading assistance
- Professional attire guidance
- Training in the preparation of nutritious meals
- Improving communication skills
- Developing safety plans
Advocates help the mothers set goals for their children, too. Through role-playing, Advocates teach positive parenting skills, arrange medical appointments for the children, and work with schools to coordinate services and enrollment. In addition, Advocates build relationships with the schools and educate school staff about domestic violence and sexual assault issues.
Clients stay at the CCCW shelter for a few weeks to a few months, until a transitional program with housing or other permanent housing can be found, such as renting a room, moving in with a friend or relative, or obtaining Section 8 housing through the Massachusetts Housing Authority.
Client Advocates also coordinate appropriate services for drug abuse or mental health disorders.