Hyannis MA, May 23, 2018 – 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.
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,” noted Rosalie Edes, President/Executive Director at Cape Abilities. “This funding will allow for the utilization of a person-centered, vocational training approach, which incorporates the goals and interests of each individual in specifically designed skill development so that they can ultimately secure the jobs they desire and become active, contributors within their communities.”
“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.
About Cape Abilities
Cape Abilities is a 501 (c) (3) Massachusetts nonprofit organization whose mission 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. The organization operates programs in Hyannis, Eastham, and Falmouth.