Needy Fund helps single mother of three pay rent

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A single mother of three young children was having difficulty making ends meet. Although her job in a nursing home had available hours for her to work, she was only able to work part-time, due to not being able to find consistent child care that she could afford.

During the pandemic, the problem worsened. She began having trouble paying her rent and fell deeper and deeper into a financial hole.

When she was no longer able to keep up with her rent payments, she reached out to the Cape Cod Times Needy Fund. The Needy Fund was able to help her pay off her back rent, giving the single mother one less bill to worry about.

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More about the Needy Fund

Many human service agencies offer assistance to those in need, but the Cape Cod Times Needy Fund has been helping with a host of immediate, short-term emergencies, such as food, rent, medical costs and other basic expenses since 1936.

No cash is given to Needy Fund recipients. Instead, the agency pays vendors through a voucher program. The case described above was provided by the Needy Fund on condition of anonymity.


Donations, which are tax deductible, may be made at Checks also can be made payable to the Cape Cod Times Needy Fund and mailed to Cape Cod Times Needy Fund, P.O. Box 36, Hyannis, MA 02601.


Those needing assistance may contact the Needy Fund at 508-778-5661 or 800-422-1446.

Questions can be emailed to The Needy Fund is also on Facebook ( and Twitter (@NeedyFund).

Total contributions to date;$891,314.47

John and Elaine Brouillard;$20,000

Karen and John Townsend;$2,500

Bridget and Robert Burke;$2,000

Marianne and Bob Hirschman;$1,500

Howard and Elizabeth Hayes;$1,250

Edith Huck;$1,000

John and Diane Mercaldo;$1,000


In memory of my Captain, love Nancy;$900

From a friend;$515

Lauria and Allen Schoen;$500

Susan and Ross Coppelman;$500

Matakese Chapter No. 158 Order Of The Eastern Star;$500

William and Kathleen O'Neill;$500

In loving memory of Robert Wennberg;$500

JBS Foundation;$500


Robert and Penny Schofield;$400

Bob Friese;$400

Mary and Bob;$350

In memory of George and Dorothy Siddall from David and Dorte Siddall;$300

Kathleen MacDonald in memory of Paul and Scott;$300

The Camposano and Wood Families;$300



Cape Cod Men's Club, Inc.;$250

Nancy Douttiel and Diane Willcox;$250

Cy and Weezie in memory of Christine;$250

In loving memory of Kath and Maud Kirk;$250

In memory of Bart Burgess, Ben Auburn and Joe Hinkle;$250

In memory of deceased family members from Robert and Judy Adams;$250

In memory of Mark Thayer from Larry and Beth Thayer;$250

The Cooke family;$250



In memory of Neville J. Coomber from David and Carolyn Coomber;$210

Michael and Leslie Singer;$206

Sandra MacLean and Robert Findlay;$200

Russell Lee and Constance Sable;$200

Cecile Sneider;$200

John and Shirley Farrington;$200

Gene and Sandy Saletnik;$200

In memory of Ernie and Ibi;$200

In memory of loved ones from Francis and Linda Fermino;$200

In memory of Shaun and Ryan Marshall;$200

In thanks for my 8 healthy grandchildren;$200

Allan and Linda Dunn;$25

Mindy Scher;$100

In memory of Barbara and Ivor Faucher from Michael and Donna Faucher;$20

Marie Woodard;$15

Marina Galarneaux;$100

Ronald Keough;$50

In memory of Nicholas Eastman from Bill and Mary Devine;$100

Steven and Cindy Edwards;$20

Joe and JoAnn Amaral;$103


Kathy and Linda;$100


Sheila Flood;$100

In memory of Cynthia Markle and Faith Halfyard from Betsy and George Gardner;$50

Ma, Dad, Carole, and Will - thanks for all the wonderful memories, love always - Fran;$50

In honor of Dr. Gregory Robke from Larry and Beth Thayer;$100

Bill and Tina Prodouz;$103

George and Mikell Deptula;$100

Anne Hayes;$50


In memory of Hilary Fitzgerald;$100



In memory of Phyllis Newton;$100


Jerry and Pat Pastner;$50

Stephen and Sylvia Allen;$100

In memory of Jim Lord;$100


Irwin and Laurie Rubin;$100

Kathryn Jacobsen;$100

Joan Murphy;$10


In memory of my husband Bob Hoey;$100



Donna Durkee;$100

In honor of Jeff and April;$25

Hilda M. Haye;$50

Merry Christmas Nina!;$50

In memory of GK;$100

David and Susan Sheinkopf;$25


In memory of Sherman;$100

Edward and Mary Houlihan;$100

In memory of Bob Regan from Margaret Regan;$100

George Delaney and Bridget Delaney-Messana;$100

In loving memory of my mom Alice from Mary E Scott;$100

John and Ellen Perry;$50

Ramler boys - Duncan, Max, and Owen;$40

Mark Jurentkuff;$26

Bob and Kit Nelson;$100

Janet Dawkins;$100

Walter and Paula Webster;$75

Evan and Elle;$50

Debby and Bob;$25

In memory of David Carnes from Kristin Perkins and Sean McLaughlin of Cape Cod Five Trust and Asset Management;$100

Bob and Pat Todd;$100

Herb Luther;$100


G and R Tomlinson;$100

Deborah Donaldson;$50

Jane Walsh and John Greene ;$150

Dianne Beuke;$100

Linda Roderick;$50

In memory of Jack;$50

Marlene and John Ciborowski;$50

James and Frances Bogden;$100

Peter and Dianne Nero;$50

J. Michael and Nancy Ryan;$25

Tom Nee and Jan Delaney;$25

In honor of family Joyce Joakim;$50

In memory of Bill Young from Liz Perry and Carl Ahlstrom;$100


In loving memory of my husband Howard and my great-granddaughter Katelyn from Dorothy Bearse;$50

In memory of our mom Janet Hallowell from Jay and Heidi Conti;$50


In memory of Robert and Paula Mealy;$100


Jeanne and Richard Reid;$100

In memory of Link Thacher from Beverly Thacher;$50

Beatrice M. Thenault;$100


In memory of Charles and Sonya Davis from Dawn McNally;$50




Mary and Paul Fiset;$100

Bob and Lynn Young;$25


Dorothy and Charles Babbitt;$150

Norman and Rhea Lipner;$50

Kathy and Jeff Miller;$100

Allan Saperstein;$100

In memory and honor of our grandson Connor from Ralph and Rosemary LoVuolo;$100


Judi and Ron Lech;$25

In memory of Mello, Bent and Cook Families - gratefully Paula Mello;$50

Leslie J. Terry;$50

In memory of Steven Iadonisi - We all miss you especially at this time of the year;$100

Robertson and Patricia Dinsmore;$100

Elliot and Nancy Johnson;$100

In memory of Kirk Henry by Carol Ann Yeaple;$150

Patricia Dolan;$15


Sean Eagan;$150

Art and Joan Cornell;$100


George and Catherine Ferreira in memory of Michelle Ferreira;$50

Elizabeth Pem Schultz;$15

In memory of Eileen Reardon from Joseph Reardon;$100

Dorothy Danner;$25

Sue V. Ward;$100

This article originally appeared on Cape Cod Times: Cape Cod Times Needy Fund helps single mother of three pay rent