Newsletter

Fall 2019/Winter 2020

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LETTER FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Brenda Swain

Brenda Swain

For the second time in my tenure of 18 years at Falmouth Service Center I am humbled and in awe of the community we have created together.

The first time was a year ago, May, when I had pneumonia and was for several weeks unable to come into the office. Our amazing staff, the dedicated volunteers, and the committed board pulled together in support of ensuring FSC sailed smoothly through a very busy time and that client needs were fully met.  I was inundated with kind gestures, cards, and calls.

Most recently, as I adjust to a diagnosis of Stage 4 stomach cancer, the FSC community of caring has sprung into action again. It has for the entirety of my career been my joy and privilege to serve others.  Having the tables turned, my inability to be “there at FSC” right now, pains me deeply. Once again all have stepped up and I am connected through phone calls and texts.  I sincerely miss the day-to-day interactions with FSC clients, volunteers and my colleagues, and hope, after my chemo regimen is established, to be able to rejoin in more active ways.  I have the utmost faith in Kerin Delaney as Acting Executive Director with the fantastic staff and volunteers to carry out our mission with compassion and dedication.  Experiencing the overwhelming community support for me and for my family has been nothing short of astounding.  I offer my sincere appreciation of your gestures of immeasurable love and care.

A few months ago a client at FSC was waiting out front for a ride and decided to offer a token of his appreciation to the staff and volunteers for the respectful and kind services he was provided.  He took out his paint pallet and in moments created a watercolor of the front façade of the FSC building.  His beautiful painting now graces the lobby of FSC. 

All of us need others, and all of us have something to give. As people face their days, we have no idea what lies just below the surface…be kind.

Enjoy the peace the fall season brings to the Cape and trust that all at FSC have services and client needs well in hand.

UPDATES

HAND-IN-HAND THRIFT SHOP

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 Celebrating its one-year anniversary as our expanded Emerald House on July 2, Hand in hand (Hnh) has exceeded all projected outcomes and become a premier destination for donors, shoppers, volunteers and everyone in between!  The Falmouth Service Center has once again been blessed with the most generous community support and as such our donations of high-end items in all imaginable shapes, sizes and categories are accepted in the rear of the store, Monday through Saturday between 10:00 and 2:00 by eager volunteers. 

 If you are among the few who have yet to venture in the back door to donate or the front door to shop, please don’t hesitate any longer. Our 200+ volunteers along with our delightful managing team of Joy Paruch, Cynthia Syverson-Mercer and Steve Dreher are ready and waiting to meet your every shopping need Monday through Saturday 10:00 to 4:00, and Thursday until 6:00. Most popular items include our unique wooden furniture, an expanding men’s selection, current and stylish women’s apparel, shoes and handbags galore, jewelry that dazzles, household and collectables, as well as  electronic pieces in pristine condition, and of course something for every age from birth to 110! See you at the shop! womens_highlights.jpg

OUR FRESH START PROGRAM - Back to School in Style!

Do you remember what it felt like to have a new backpack on the first day of school?  You were beyond excited to get to school, see your friends, and start the year fresh!  The Falmouth Service Center, thanks to the fantastic generosity of our community, was once again able to send hundreds of Falmouth children back to school in style, giving them a Fresh Start! A full set of clothing, gift cards for shoes, and a backpack filled with school supplies were provided to 147 children from 85 Falmouth families. In addition, we gave out 100 additional backpacks filled with school supplies to Falmouth children in need.

We could not offer this program if not for the dedicated, thoughtful and organized volunteers who run this program seamlessly.  Together with them, we offer a huge “THANK YOU” to all in the faith communities, organizations, businesses, and the many individuals in our community who donated to this special program!

TEAM FSC at the FALMOUTH ROAD RACE

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Our small but mighty FSC team this year consisted of 12 runners for the Falmouth Road Race! Even with our smaller team, they were able to raise more than $17,000 over the span of this summer. The runners met for a team breakfast the day before the race to tour our facility, meet the other participants, and pick-up their runners’ shirts for the next day. With unbelievably high humidity the day of the race, the runners pushed through it because of their dedicated training this summer. Congratulations to FSC's 2019 Road Race team and a big thanks to all of their donors!!

THANKSGIVING & OUR HOLIDAY TOY PROGRAM

Do you wish to help with our Thanksgiving baskets for families or learn about our Holiday Toy Program?  Click here for more information and our flyer. 

Donate a Holiday Toy