For over 40 years, we have continued to expand our services to support people with disabilities across Cape Cod. Below is a listing of major milestones.
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- 1968 – Cape Abilities is founded as Nauset Workshop in Orleans on Cape Cod. A workcenter setting provides jobs for Cape Codders with disabilities.
- 1973 – The first workcenter in Hyannis opens.
- 1975 – Residential Services program is established.
- 1982 – The Cochran Center is established in Eastham.
- 1988 – The Lyndon Center opens in Hyannis.
- 1991 – Nauset Workshop is renamed Nauset, Inc. to reflect the expansion of services beyond a workcenter setting.
- 1994 – Arts program launched. Expanded employment opportunities through the establishment of a contract with NISH for services at Air Station Cape Cod in Bourne.
- 1997 – Falmouth office opened.
- 1998 – Residential program expands to include Shared Living. Cape Abilities Vending business launched.
- 2001 – The Day Habilitation program is established in Hyannis.
- 2002 – Welcome to Cape Cod, a Cape Abilities business, is launched.
- 2005 – Nauset, Inc. is renamed capeAbilities to reflect our work with people with disabilities across Cape Cod.
- 2006 - Cape Abilities Farm launched in Dennis.
- 2008 – capeAbilities name is renamed Cape Abilities. Cape Abilities Farm in Dennis and Marstons Mills donated to Cape Abilities.
- 2009 – Cape Abilities Consignment & Thrift Shop opens in Barnstable Village.
- 2009 – Centerville Pie Company forms a collaboration with Cape Abilities to employ people with disabilities in their company and raise awareness for Cape Abilities.
- 2010 – Centerville Pie Company and Cape Abilities are featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show.
- 2011 – Cape Abilities forms a partnership with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to create employment for people with disabilities at WHOI.
- 2011 – Cape Abilities Farm to Table opens in Chatham, featuring Cape Abilities Farm products plus local art and more.
- 2011 – AppsAbilities is launched to make full use of technology that can benefit people with disabilities.
- 2012 – Completed our new greenhouse at the Lyndon Center in Hyannis, creating additional jobs for our participants and increasing our yield of tomatoes, annuals and other crops for Cape Abilities Farm.
- 2012 – Purchased home in Sandwich to launch new residence for adults with brain injuries.