Fall/Winter 2018-19

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Brenda Swain

As we celebrate our 35th anniversary year we continue to move forward with the goals and dreams of our founders to ease stress and reduce hunger for our neighbors in need.  The focus, this fall, will be on the third phase of our 3 to 5 year strategic plan which involves reorganization of several internal spaces here at FSC to make them increasingly client-friendly.  Thanks to the successful launching of the Hand in hand Thrift Shop this summer, we have relocated all of the incoming processing of clothing, home goods, and miscellaneous other non-food items to Hand in hand at 141 Sandwich Road.  Food, toiletries, and diapers are still received here on Gifford Street. With the freeing of the processing area in mid-September, our Client Clothing Room will move to the rear of our building into that vacated space.   The Valle Group is helping to transform the new Client Clothing Room in the rear, while also, in the front of the building, creating an expanded fresh and frozen fruit and vegetable area and new traffic patterns in the space previously occupied by the clothing room.  A portion of that new space in the front will be dedicated to a health and wellness room where our Foods to Encourage Program will enjoy more privacy for participants working on issues related to their diabetes and hypertension.  We are further developing longstanding connections with The Community Health Center of Cape Cod to bring additional outreach services onsite in this new wellness location.  Falmouth Service Center links good nutritious foods with improved health outcomes as a central principle of our work.  Our ability to respectfully provide healthy choices in the pantry, access to services through our partners and networks and expanded resources onsite, are paramount to us doing the best we can for those we serve.



Hand_in_Hand_Logo.png On July 2, our Emerald House Thrift Shop operation, along with our dedicated volunteers and loyal customers made a smooth transition to our new digs at 141 Sandwich Road. We are now known as Hand in hand Thrift Shop and have experienced a summer filled with unending opportunities.  With eight times the space and a more visible location, Hand in hand is attracting many more donors and shoppers. Many have discovered that cleaning out their in-season clothing and looking around for art work and home goods that have been enjoyed for years, provided the perfect chance to donate to Hand in hand while making room to shop for dynamic new additions that will liven up their look and their home decor! We are so pleased to now have room to receive and sell unique small wooden furniture.  Lastly, we welcome more volunteers to join the Hand in hand family. Please call the thrift shop today to find out how you can get involved: 508-457-0770 or fill out a volunteer application on our website.   dining_room_table_at_hnh.jpg



Falmouth Service Center is so fortunate in having an energetic and diligent team of volunteers that organized our back-to-school program this year!  They began their preparations in May and worked through the summer.  Thanks to the generosity of our community, the Service Center was once again able to send many Falmouth children back to school with a new beginning. We distributed a full set of clothing, gift cards for shoes, and a backpack filled with school supplies to 139 children from 81 Falmouth families.  In addition, we gave out 118 additional backpacks filled with school supplies to Falmouth children in need.  We are extremely grateful for the community support. The faith community, organizations, businesses, and many individuals awed us with their generosity! Fresh Start is a success due to their amazing support! Congratulations to the volunteers and donors who contributed to this vital program which ensures that hundreds of Falmouth children begin the school year with a FRESH START!    


lydia_team_captain.jpgFrom newcomers to Board members, this year’s FSC Falmouth Road Race Team brought their A-game! The committed group of 26 runners not only trained in this record high humidity, but they raised a record total of $35,928.  These runners worked tirelessly for months gathering support for FSC from far and wide.  The diverse team shared an exciting pre-race breakfast introducing themselves to the FSC facility. They had an opportunity to greet their fellow-runners, meet volunteers, and pick up their TEAM FSC shirt generously donated by Cape Cod Sportswear.   Congratulations to the entire team and all of the supporters for making this one of FSC's most successful fundraisers! We also want to give a special thanks to our fearless captain, Lydia Conway, for coordinating this team so exceptionally. She was a phenomenal team leader and we are grateful for all she did!  


This holiday season, you can help us to better help our neighbors in need by contributing items at Thanksgiving or toys at the holidays.  Click here to pull up and print out our flyer with all of the information on the holidays at FSC.  Thank you in advance and feel free to share the flyer! Together we make a difference


You receive our newsletter twice a year but how do you find out about what’s happening regularly at FSC or our new thrift shop?  The answer: 1) We post important news weekly on our website; 2) FSC is on Facebook and Instagram where we post photos, news, and happenings several times a week!  Our Hand in hand Thrift Shop also has its own Facebook page and posts often with news about special sales, new merchandise arrivals and more! If you want to always ‘stay in the loop’, then be sure to “Like” or “Follow” FSC & Hand in hand or check our website often as well!