FAQs about Cape Abilities

Filed in Uncategorized by on March 15, 2016

What is Cape Abilities?
Cape Abilities is a disability services agency that has a long and distinguished history as a 501 (c) (3) Massachusetts nonprofit organization that provides jobs, homes and other services and supports for people with disabilities across Cape Cod. The organization has centers in Hyannis and Eastham, and a satellite office in Falmouth.

How many years has Cape Abilities been in operation?
Founded in 1968 as Nauset Workshop, Cape Abilities has provided over 50 years of service in Barnstable County.

What is the mission of Cape Abilities?
The mission of Cape Abilities is to serve individuals with disabilities by educating, counseling, providing residential, social, therapeutic and employment supports so as to empower them to achieve meaningful and valued roles in society.

Who do we serve?
Cape Abilities serves individuals with a broad range of disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), developmental and intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, blindness, Down Syndrome, acquired brain injury, hearing impairment, mobility limitations, seizure disorder and mental health issues.

How many participants?
Cape Abilities current serves approximately 400 individuals.

What Programs and Services do you offer?
A wide variety of programs and services including:

Cape Abilities Life Skills/Day Habilitation
Offered in both the Hyannis and Eastham centers, this program provides therapeutic based activities to enhance wellness and independence for individuals who need more structure in order to succeed. As a community committed program, it offers a variety of volunteer and social activities as well as physical exercise, arts and cultural events that are planned to meet each individual’s service plan goals. Physical and occupational therapy and speech and language supports are integrated into the daily program offerings.

Community Based Day Support Program (CBDS)
CBDS provides a range of supports and training in order to provide a springboard to successful employment and meaningful community involvement through assessment of participants’ skills, needs and interests and exploration of a range of community opportunities including volunteerism, internships, job training placements and community classes that match participants’ areas of specific interest.

Vocational Assessment, Training, Job Placement and Employment Support
This comprehensive program assists individuals in applying for jobs at businesses throughout the community, and helps them receive the necessary transportation and supports so that they can keep their jobs and be valued employees. As part of this program, individuals may be placed in one of our six innovative businesses.

Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS)
This brand new program supports 16-21-year-old students with disabilities transition from high school into the adult services system by giving qualified candidates an introduction to work to enhance their vocational choices, develop positive work habits, and obtain valuable work experience that will make them more marketable in the competitive workforce.

Beyond the program offerings, our Vocational and CBDS programs provide transportation to employment and community resources and activities for our participants. This service attempts to provide a solution to one of the most significant barriers to community participation for individuals with disabilities.

Adult Family Care (AFC) & Shared Living
These programs place individuals in private homes with paid caregivers who provide the opportunity to live in the community as a member of a family. In addition, the AFC program can support families to provide additional services for their loved one so that they can remain in their family home.

Residential Services
Cape Abilities operates 15 group homes and a number of cooperative apartments that enable residents to live as independently as possible while still receiving the care and support they need, along with the security and comfort of knowing they have a lifelong home.

What are the Cape Abilities Social Enterprises?
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 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 a wide variety of local art and unique Cape Cod items that are perfect for any home or office.

Cape Abilities Farm Market opened in 2011 on Main Street in Chatham, MA, and carries our farm produce, local products, works by local artists and unique gifts. Since its inception, the Farm to Table Market & Gallery has employed many individuals from various Cape Abilities programs.

How many individuals does Cape Abilities employ?

Cape Abilities currently employs over 280 full and part-time staff in its various programs.  A significant number of our employees have been employed for a number of years and many hold bachelor or master degrees.  We have a licensed Board Certified Behavioral Analyst (BCBA) Clinical Director, Registered Behavioral Technicians and licensed registered nurses in the agency who work in residential services and supports and our day habilitation program.  In addition, we contract with a number of licensed occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, physical therapists and behavioral therapists on an as needed basis.  All licenses are on file in our human resource office.


Who are the members of the Cape Abilities Senior Staff?
Jonathan Sproul, President and Executive Director
Kim McElholm, Chief Financial Officer
Catherine Spinelli, Chief Development Officer
Katherine Hansen, Chief of Staff
James Barnes, Managing Director, Business and Workforce Development
Julie Bolton, Director, Quality Enhancement
Michael Scarpellini – Managing Director, Programs


Who make up the Cape Abilities’ Board of Directors?
Our organization is guided by a Board of Directors with exceptional and diverse backgrounds, who are deeply invested in our community. A list of Cape Abilities’ Board of Directors is available by CLICKING HERE. In addition, various members of the community serve on committees of the Board.

What is your annual operating budget? What are your sources of revenue?
The annual operating budget of Cape Abilities for FY19 is $19,909,000, with 87% received through state-funding and 13% received through Cape Abilities social enterprises, fundraising, investments, and other revenues.

What kind of Licenses and Certifications has Cape Abilities earned?
Cape Abilities has met all performance based contracting objectives with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The agency has been awarded a full three-year accreditation, the highest possible, from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International. It is also licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services for “Residential and Individual Home Supports” and “Employment and Day Supports”. The agency is also approved to provide services for clients of the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission and AbilityOne/SourceAmerica.

Who are Cape Abilities’ key collaborators?

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. Our AbilityOne contracts are with Joint Base Cape Cod in Bourne and the Veterans Administration Clinic in Hyannis.

How can I support Cape Abilities?

We appreciate gifts of any size, and we use them wisely: 90 Cents of every dollar donated to Cape Abilities goes directly to services for individuals with disabilities. There are many ways to support. You can:

Make a general donation online by CLICKING HERE. It’s easy, safe and secure. Your generous support provides assistance to people with disabilities across Cape Cod.
Join “Champions For Cape Abilities”, a convenient way to make a monthly gift to support Cape Abilities, in a way that is easy on your budget.
Donor Advised Funds.  A Donor Advised Fund (DAF) is a charitable investment account that provides an immediate tax benefit to you, and allows you to give a gift to Cape Abilities today, or on a recurring basis.
Leave a Legacy. Our Lighthouse Society lets your good works live on by including Cape Abilities in your estate plans.
Set up a charitable annuity. Receive income for life and support our services for people with disabilities.
Give stocks and bonds. CDs, stocks, bonds, and retirement assets can be used to establish a fund for Cape Abilities.

For more information on how you can support Cape Abilities:
Contact Catherine Spinelli, Chief Development Officer, at 508-778-5040 x847 or by email – cspinelli@CapeAbilities.org


How to become a volunteer for Cape Abilities?
Fun and flexible volunteer opportunities range from regular weekly assignments with our participants to one-time special fundraising events, on a schedule that works best for you.

  • Click on the ‘Volunteer’ tab at the top of this page
  • Contact Ellen Zeyen, Manager, Volunteer and Community Partnerships, at 508-514-8901
    Or email Ellen anytime at volunteers@capeabilities.org

How do I apply for a job at Cape Abilities?

Cape Abilities is an EEO/AA/M/F/Vet/Disability. We offer a variety of employment opportunities at its various locations across Cape Cod, with full and part-time jobs available. We offer competitive salaries and excellent benefits. While job requirements will vary according to specific jobs, in all cases we seek individuals who are caring, compassionate, and motivated to do a great job for those we support.

1. Click on this Employment’ link to view the available jobs listed
2. You may also direct all questions to jobs@capeabilities.org. No phone calls, please. We will contact you via email after we receive and review your application.

What is your Main Contact information?

Cape Abilities provides services during normal business hours, 8AM – 4 PM, Monday through Friday. In addition, community-based employment supports may include additional hours during nights and weekends.

• Our Lyndon Center/Main Office address is:
895 Mary Dunn Rd, Hyannis, MA   Phone: (508) 778-5040 Fax: (508) 778-9642

• All Mail Correspondence should be addressed to:
Cape Abilities, Independence Park , 895 Mary Dunn Road ‎, Hyannis, MA 02601

• Additional information for our offices in Eastham and Falmouth, as well as all our social enterprises, can be found on our website: www.CapeAbilities.org




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