Needy Fund helps single mother, daughter with rent assistance on Nantucket

A number of factors make living on Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard costly.

The rents are high with a limited amount of affordable housing on the Islands. Food and internet access are more expensive due to the Islands’ remote location.

The majority of heat and cooking are fueled by propane, and traveling within and off the Islands can run up a hefty bill.

Additionally, there are fewer services and resources available for people in need — and many jobs are seasonal and low in number.

A single mother and her daughter on Nantucket became homeless at the start of the pandemic when the mother lost her job in the health care industry.

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Costs of island living overwhelming

After months living in a temporary shelter on the island, the mother found work again, and even secured affordable housing. Unfortunately, with the high costs of island living, the family’s bills began to overwhelm them.

The Needy Fund stepped in and provided the mother and daughter with a safety net of services: rent assistance, budgeting and referrals to partner agencies.

With the Needy Fund’s help the mother and daughter now have a better shot at attaining the well-being they deserve, and financial stability in the future.

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.

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How to help

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 Needy Fund Contributions To Date; $578,659.46

Dan and Terese Heintzelman Family;$10,000

John and Suzanne Genest;$10,000

E. Lee Drinane;$2,500

Gracia Martore;$2,500

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Barnstable;$2,500

Patricia Hassett;$2,000

The estate of Toni K. Gelotte;$1,500

Grover and Brenda Baxley;$1,000

Judie and Sam Lorusso;$1,000

Marcia Dalbey;$1,000

Thomas and Elysia Gudas;$1,000

Bertram and Susan Bruce;$1,000


William and Ann Allan;$1,000

Maryalice Barrette;$600

Harry and Marie Cromwell;$500

Stefan Schiestl;$500

In memory of John Stackhouse, Stan Flynn, Dr. L. Burger and Janet Thornton from James Hinkle and Roy Hammer;$500

The Corson Family;$500

Margaret Huskins;$500

Cape Cod Coastal Realty, LLC;$500

Sue and Joe Leary;$500


Mr. and Mrs. Herb Pheeney;$300

Albert and Anne Commito;$300

Dan and Janice Speakman;$300

Sue and Ted Merrick;$300

In honor of all of you helping those in need;$300

Paul and Lauren;$258

John W. Gahan III;$250

Dennis and Catherine Berkey;$250

Michael and Susan Carey;$250

In memory of Richard Jurkowski from Lori Jurkowski;$250

In memory of Margot G. Kaczynski from Stanley Kaczynski and Terry Cummings;$250

Albert Dias;$200

Coach and Judy Olcott;$200

Lee and Carol Bryant;$200

In memory of Joe from Claire Curran;$200

Lawrence and Barbara Singmaster;$200

In memory of Elsa Supley;$200

James and Anne Canavan;$200

In memory of Kenyon S. Tweedell from Joan Tweedell;$200

In memory of our parents from from Ann and Lennie Duchesney;$200

Charles and Lois Kerbel;$200

Vincent and Mary Birbiglia;$200

E. David Howes;$200

Stanley Russell;$200

Joanne Parker;$200

Earl and Joy Shipp;$200


Dillon, Owen, and Jason;$50

Robert Simmons;$100

Gary Albuquerque;$100

Leonard DiCarlo;$100


Paul White;$50

Jerome Tremblay;$100

G. Roy and Patricia Burton;$100

Charles and Donna Spillane;$100

Lawrence Bornstein;$50

Frank and Dorothy Antonioli;$100

Barbara Dorey;$25

Winfield and Barbara Rowell;$25

Diane and Otto Mattfeldt;$25

John Keefe;$21

Richard Dodd;$50

In memory of Margie Chase Homer from Ginny and Judie;$25

Jeff and Barb McGuire;$50

In memory of Chrysella Thacher and Louise Gifford from Wendy Parker Smith;$100

Stephen and Nancy Gould;$50

Charles and Cathy Sabatt;$100

Carol and Sy Sackler;$100


Peter and Barbara Laband;$20

Art and Joan Cornell;$100


John T. Shingles;$50

Carole Weber;$10

In memory of Irma and Howard Spurr;$100

In memory of Grandma Ann Whelan and Rabbi Jeffrey Weisblatt from Kathy and Jon Weisblatt;$20

Mary Clayton;$10

Cynthia Carey;$50

Nancy Lane;$25

David and Delores Allen;$50

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel DiSenso;$50


Eugene G. Fahey;$20

Walter and Susan Kangas;$100

Joy and Roscoe Riley;$30

Gregory and Charlotte Hazell;$100

In memory of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dilzer;$25

Andrea Nevins-Fernandez;$50

Michael and Susan Remine;$10

Sandra Rice;$100

In memory of Sarah Comolli;$50

Leo and Elaine Klevens;$25

Mary Steede;$25

Barbara Varnot;$25

In memory of John Joseph Horton from Susan Horton;$100

Schatze and Peter Thorp;$100

In memory of my parents from Carol Powers;$25

Peggy Coupal in memory of Dave;$25

M. Dubiel;$10

Stephen and Christina Petruska;$103



Courtney, Colleen, John, Rosalie, Nick, Anthony, Michael & Maddy from David and Anne Keaveney;$25


Robert and Maureen DeMarco;$100

In memory of Richard A. Behlman and Richard C. Behlman ;$100

Henry and Edna Harpin;$25

Keith and Karen Chamberlain;$100

Theresa and George Stanley;$50

Richard and Margaret Kochanek;$100

Ronald and Nancy Church;$50

John Marsden;$50

Joanna Montalbano;$100

Ruth Burger-Cohen;$15

Eva K. Hoffman;$25

In memory of Caleb F. Childs from Bev and Link Thacher;$100

In honor of Sallie Irwin from Cindy and Sue Irwin;$100


Eric and Rebecca Edwards;$30

Barbara and Charlie Adams;$100

Maureen and William Schulman;$100

Debra J Weinstein;$15

In memory of Adam from the McCarthy Family;$50

Brian and Beverly Carney;$10

For those in need;$25

Robert and Mary Uek;$100

In memory of Derri and Peter from Deane and Gudrun Turner;$50

John and Marjorie Ferguson;$100

In memory of Tim Vogel from Cape Cod Insulation Inc.;$100

Amanda Murphy;$100

Ronald Daniels;$50



MaryKay Fox and Bruce Peterson;$100

In memory of and in honor of Vietnam Veterans;$20

Donald and Eva Avery;$50

In honor of Drs Richard Zelman and David Lee Man for saving lives;$100

In memory of Elizabeth Sadler;$100

Kathleen and Paul Robock;$100

James and Ethel Fleming;$50

Lucy and John Welsh;$100

Robert V. and Pamela P. White;$100

Barbara Zwicker;$25

Helen Hildreth;$50

In memory of Peg Moran from Tom and Betsy;$100

Gerald Sitomer;$50

In memory of Janet Madison;$25

David and Abigail Doherty;$50

Jean Curran;$15

Ann H. Skibinski;$103

Robert and Sandy Powers;$50

Dianne Beuke;$100

Kathleen Finn;$100

In honor of the COVID emergency workers with thanks from Ernestine and Dick;$50

C L and A E Mello;$50

Jeanie Reilly;$50

Diane and Sam Singer;$20

Joan Muller;$100

Mary M. Connelly;$100

Audrey J. Hannant;$50


Roger and Barbara Gardiner;$50

Brian and Susan;$100

Fern Maher;$50

Frances Mudge;$10

Susan Keller;$100

William and Mary Maloney;$50

Anne M. Pierce;$100

John and Renee Carey;$100


Robert and Wendy Blomberg;$50

Steven and Laura Gazzano;$50


Lois F. Charlow;$25

In memory of Tim;$50


Carol and Ronald Gwozdz;$35

Lois and Greg Cronin;$100

Lorraine DeCourcey;$100

Page Kidder;$25

Mary R. Olenick;$50


William and Maureen Crowley;$150

David and Ruthanne Allen;$50


John and Marion Zoino;$50


Joan Peterson;$100

Donna Kelley;$100

Robert and Lynn Young;$25

Mr. and Mrs. Ron McAlear;$100

In honor of Tina Longvall, a sweet girl who loves all people;$50

Kathleen and John Moran;$50

Ken and Jan Lyman;$100

Richard and Ellen Lawson;$100



William and Louise O'Neil;$100

Barbara Nichols;$25

Peter B. Keating;$50


Bill and Lorna Hathon;$100

Stacey L. Richmond;$100

This article originally appeared on Cape Cod Times: Needy Fund helps single mother, daughter with rent, service referrals