It is always inspiring to see the outpouring of support from so many individuals, families, and businesses both in our community and from far over the bridge off Cape Cod for the work we do to support survivors of domestic and sexual violence and for our prevention efforts in schools across the region.
Our wonderful and caring dedicated volunteers and staff were instrumental in securing round-the-clock coverage during all of the holidays for our 24-hour un-interrupted hotline and medical/police accompaniment providing immediate assistance to individuals affected by and seeking support and comfort from domestic violence and sexual assaults.
An abundance of thank-you’s may never seem enough for the heart-felt and overwhelming response we received to our annual appeal. To all who opened your hearts please know that your generosity truly makes a difference to survivors and their children seeking hope, healing, independence, freedom, and a life free from violence.
Our Holiday Giving Program was met with vast response from Thanksgiving through the New Year. Independence House is grateful to be the beneficiary of so many wonderful programs and events from our community partners. Your support ensured that adults, children and teens in-need, starting their lives over in a violence-free environment had a joyous holiday.
We’d like to extend some recognition and thanks to some of the partners of our Holiday Giving Program:
- As a beneficiary for over 10 years, Independence House received weekly donations from the Giving Tree of the Enchanted Village at the Cape Codder Resort and Spa providing new toys and gift cards
- As a beneficiary for over 10 years, the Cape Cod British Car Club again held their “Freezin’ Fun Run” raising funds from their event auction and gift card entry fees all donated to Independence House client families
- Linda and Bill Zammer for hosting the 2nd annual Teddy Bear Breakfast and the fantastic management and staff at Clancy’s Restaurant for their dedication to making the event memorable and Santa Tim Whelan for putting a smile on every child’s face with teddy bears that were sponsored by the Independence House Board of Directors
- Hyannis Stop and Shop maintained their dedicated ongoing food drive for the Independence House holidays
- WB Mason held a one-day toy drive during their mid-December sale to benefit children clients
- Women of Arbonne International for a third year made sure over 100 women who take part in services at Independence House were pampered with luxurious bath and shower sets
- Debbie Feest and the Kiah Foundation ensured that pets of families seeking a life free from violence received essential nutritious pet food and supplies
- The Barnstable County 4H Club put together dozens of popcorn buckets for male and female teens filled with gift cards and select teen items, and also donated numerous dolls with multiple hand-made outfits from their 4H sewing club for children
- Earth Origins Natural (previously known as the Organic Natural Food Store) in Centerville held a 76-Days of Giving food drive that provided weekly deliveries of natural and organic foods from October 16 through January 1 for the Independence House food pantry
- Hyannis Country Garden named Independence House as the beneficiary of their holiday food drive for our food pantry
- Numerous women’s clubs knitted scarves, mittens and sewed quilts, blankets and hats to keep our clients and their families warm this winter
- Bed Bath and Beyond maintained their monthly giving to provide numerous home goods and baby items including strollers, crib accessories, baby gear, electronics and bath items
- The Massachusetts Nurses Association Cape Cod Chapter held their quarterly food drive stocking the Independence House food pantry with holiday food, non-perishables, baby food, diapers and more
- Hesliga & Tate Wealth Management Group held an in-house toy drive for children receiving services at Independence House
- Numerous religious institutions across Cape Cod ensured food and turkey donations for holiday meals
- Hyannis Toyota named Independence House as a beneficiary for their holiday food drive to support the agency’s food pantry
- And special thanks to a multitude of families who wish to remain anonymous but took on the role of sponsoring an entire family attending Independence House programs, ensuring each member received thoughtful personal gifts