Executive Director of the Needy Fund for 21 years, Betsey has worked in the Human Services field for 27 years. Having minored in business in college, she began her career in the retail industry and then worked for several years at the Cape Cod Times in the Total Market Coverage department. She began work in the Human Services sector in 1990 as the first Director of the Child Care Resource and Referral Network at Community Action Council of Cape Cod and the Islands. She then worked as a mental health counselor, providing individual and group counseling, at the Center for Health and Human Services until joining the Needy Fund in 1997.
Betsey earned an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University and a B.A. in English from Colby College. She has lived on Cape Cod since 1986 and has two children. When not at the Needy Fund, she enjoys working out, long beach walks, organic gardening and tries to find time to work on her novel and attend a writer’s group.
“I believe 100% in the mission of the Needy Fund. It is all about neighbors helping neighbors. Anyone on Cape Cod can call the Needy Fund for assistance or resource and referral. We are not restricted in our ability to help in a way that federal or state programs are, so we are able to make decisions on a case-by-case basis. Contributing to the economic security of the residents of Cape Cod who are in need, serves to strengthen the community and that’s good for everyone who lives on Cape Cod.”
Lorraine graduated from UMass Dartmouth in 1981 with a degree in psychology, specializing in counseling. Her counseling career began at a Dynamic Action Residence Enterprise (D.A.R.E.) emergency foster care placement agency contracted with the Department of Social Services. Shortly thereafter she became an active member of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Hyannis and served 9 of her 22 years there as Conference President. She promoted networking practices among other community support services on Cape Cod, expanded the onsite food pantry at St. Francis and designed and implemented an effective financial assistance distribution program and trained other SVDP Conferences to do the same.
Lorraine resides in her lifelong home of Hyannis with her husband, Joseph. They have three children, John, James, and Jean.
“In 1998 I became a case worker at the Needy Fund fulfilling my desire to enhance my ability to assist others in need. The Needy Fund is unique to most organizations in their capacity to provide immediate assistance to a needy family without a prolonged application process. It is very rewarding and heartening to help families and individuals work through a financial crisis. I see empowerment as the key to future stability and assist people with household budgeting. I also stay current with updates on local, state, and federal assistance programs that can further enhance the clients’ financial stability.”
Martha J. Field
Martha (Marty) has worked in Human Services for more than 23 years. She worked for a number of years at Housing Assistance Corp. first as a receptionist, then moving into fundraising where she oversaw the coordination of a 5 site Walk to End Homelessness with a volunteer staff of more than 200, which raised a record amount. She then moved into homeless prevention, doing housing search, intervention, budgeting, case management, and seeking outside funds for move in costs. She also worked at the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Youth Ranch programs assisting at risk youth.
For 6 years she worked at Mashpee Village, a 145-unit low-income housing community. Much of the work focused on crisis intervention for families, seniors and singles at risk of losing their housing, utilities and the like. Her last year at Mashpee Village was as the Property Manager.
She has been a Cape Cod resident since 1964. She has been married for 35 years, raised two daughters and recently became a grandmother.
Marty has been with the Needy Fund for over 8 years, successfully assisting thousands of people. On behalf of the Needy Fund, she handles an average of 35 plus crisis calls a day, and takes pride in the fact that she returns calls to 95 % of clients the same day. She negotiates with utility companies on client’s behalf, and does referrals to other community agencies to create financial packages for stabilization.
“The Needy Fund puts the person first; assistance is not dictated by governmental agency guidelines that have little to do with what is going on in real peoples lives in real time. We believe in treating all with dignity, respect and kindness during a time when they often feel slighted by the world. These are not just words to us but reality.”