Businesses & Partnerships
In our ongoing effort to meet the needs of individuals seeking meaningful employment opportunities, we have developed our own innovative, entrepreneurial businesses and currently have six different enterprises that employ over 150 Cape Abilities participants. We take pride in our businesses because they are mission-driven and provide pre-vocational training, employment, and significant community interactions for those we serve. Most importantly, our participants earn minimum wage or better while learning new skills and trades.
Cape Abilities Farm on Route 6A in Dennis was founded in 2006 and it has recently expanded to include state-of-the-art greenhouses and a brand new farm stand as part of our ongoing effort to meet the needs of individuals seeking meaningful employment opportunities. This farm has grown to become not only our largest business operation but a destination for people who are seeking fresh, local produce and want to help support our work through their purchases. A visit to Cape Abilities Farm is an experience. Cape Abilities Farm has been featured in the Boston Globe, on Fox News, MSNBC and CBS Evening News. Cape Abilities also owns and operates a production farm situated on 6 acres in Marstons Mills MA
Cape Abilities Farm to Table Market & Gallery opened in 2011 on Main Street in Chatham, MA, after a businessman offered Cape Abilities rent-free use of a historic building in Chatham’s Old Village. The shop carries our farm produce, local products, works by local artists and furniture by the Cape Abilities Furniture Rescue & Restoration team. Since its inception, the Farm to Table Market & Gallery has employed many individuals from various Cape Abilities programs.
Cape Abilities Thrift Shop in West Yarmouth specializes in the re-sale of donated home décor and antique furniture. In addition to employing Cape Abilities participants, the shop also sells furniture that has been refinished by participants who work at Cape Abilities Furniture Rescue & Restoration.
Cape Abilities Vending maintains and supplies nearly 100 snack and beverage machines at more than 40 Cape Cod locations, from Wareham to Provincetown. Employees learn useful workplace and social skills while providing a valued service in a variety of community settings., from schools and hotels to offices and outdoor parks. Many of our vending employees have spent years diligently stocking and servicing machines at the same locations, and are greeted warmly by thankful patrons each week.
Cape Abilities Furniture Rescue & Restoration in Eastham gives new life to old furniture by teaching our workers to repair, refinish and paint to bring these items back to their original, natural beauty.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) Cape Abilities recently collaborated with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and the two organizations were awarded a three-year grant from the Tower Foundation to develop job opportunities in the fields of science and technology for individuals with disabilities. This program networks with local high schools to offer orientation to this field for students with special needs.
SourceAmerica-AbilityOne Cape Abilities is proud to maintain work contracts with SourceAmerica through AbilityOne, a federal nonprofit agency whose mission is to create employment opportunities for people with severe disabilities. Providing employment opportunities to more than 45,000 people, the AbilityOne Program is the largest single source of employment for people who are blind or have other severe disabilities. Cape Abilities is one of 600 nonprofit organizations that participate in this program.
Our AbilityOne contracts are at Joint Base Cape Cod in Bourne and the Veterans Administration Clinic in Hyannis, where our crews keep these facilities clean so the people who work there can do their jobs well. Our workers maintain high standards and take great pride in their jobs, and the professionals at both sites appreciate that commitment.