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 four different enterprises that employ 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. Cape Abilities Farm has been featured in the Boston Globe, on Fox News, MSNBC and CBS Evening News.

Cape Abilities Farm to Table Market & Gallery  opened in 2011 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, and selected works by local artists. Since its inception, the Farm to Table Market & Gallery has employed many individuals from various Cape Abilities programs.

 

Cape Abilities Thrift Shop on Route 28 in West Yarmouth was established in 2009 and specializes in the re-sale of donated home décor and antique furniture. In addition to employing Cape Abilities participants, the shop also sells local artwork and unique Cape Cod-centric gift items.

 

Vending HamptonCape Abilities Vending  maintains and supplies nearly 80 snack and beverage machines across Cape Cod.  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.

 

woods-hole-4.25-040Woods 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.

 

NISH helicopterSourceAmerica-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.