Cape Abilities awarded $10,000 Development & Education Grant from The Bank of America

Filed in Blog by on August 29, 2018

First row, left to right: CA’s Steve D., BOA’s Joanne Kelly (Northeast Division Business Support Executive), BOA’s Anna Colton (Northeast Division Executive), CA President and Executive Director Larry Thayer, BOA’s Jim Cuddy (Boston/Cape Cod Region Executive), BOA’s Robert Blackburn (Cape Cod Market Executive), BOA’s Matt Schweiger (Cape Cod Market Executive) Second Row, left to right: CA Director of Social Enterprises James Barnes, BOA’s Alyssa Starkweather (Hyannis Financial Center Manager), CA’s Phil W., CA’s Nevada B. , BOA’s Ron Donnelly (Orleans Financial Center Manager), BOA’s Stephanie Armatas (Northeast Division Operations Executive)

Cape Abilities has received a $10,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation under its Economic Mobility for Individuals and Families initiative in support of Cape Abilities’ Employment & Vocational Skills Training program, located at the Cape Abilities Farm in Dennis.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the unemployment rate for people with disabilities was 10.5% in 2016, which is more than twice the rate for people with no disability (4.6%). This disparity in employment is also true on Cape Cod, and Cape Abilities is committed to changing this reality and finding meaningful community-based employment for people with disabilities.

“We are honored to partner with Cape Abilities in focusing on the economic mobility of individuals with disabilities and their families, either by investing in workforce development and education or addressing basic needs,” said Adrienne Chistolini, Massachusetts Community Relations Manager for the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.

Cape Abilities’ Employment & Vocational Skills Training program provides an accepting place where individuals proceed at a pace that is suited to their assessed needs and interests, in a setting that provides opportunities for them to build on their successes & gain self-confidence while developing skills that set them up for future success.

We are so grateful to have this support from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, as this funding will allow for the utilization of a person-centered, vocational training approach, which incorporates the goals and interests of each individual served at Cape Abilities in specifically designed skill development so that they can ultimately secure the jobs they desire and become active, contributors within their communities.

 

 

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