CAPE COD TIMES NEEDY FUND
Meet the Staff at the Cape Cod Times Needy Fund.
Executive Director of the Needy Fund for 24 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. In 2018, she earned a Core Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership through Tuft’s University. She also holds an Advanced Social Media Certificate from Cape Cod Community College. She has lived on Cape Cod since 1986 and has two children. Betsey was recently married and when not at the Needy Fund, she is obsessed with Pickleball, is a member of a dart league team, and enjoys working out, long beach walks, organic gardening, writing and tries to find time to read and participate in a book group.
Lorraine graduated from UMass Dartmouth 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 21 years there as Conference President. She has been with the Needy Fund since 1998 and has been involved with all aspects of the fund from intake to helping facilitate successful fund raising appeals and was promoted to Director of Client Services.
Lorraine resides in her lifelong home of Hyannis with her husband, Joseph. They have three children, John, James, and Jean and she now enjoys being Grandma to Lucia and Elijah.
“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.”
Being part of a community is important to me. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area in a multi-generational household, the importance of community and family have been instilled in me from early on. Having worked in many sectors in San Francisco, New York and Seattle, the work I returned to time and time again was public service and community development. This work inspired me to seek my Master’s in Public Administration with a focus on urban administration – where I felt I could best effect change in meaningful ways.
My husband, daughter and I moved back to the Cape in 2016, so that we could be part of this strong community, where his family lives and where he grew up. We love living on Cape Cod. There is a great sense of pride and love that Cape Codders and those who regularly come to stay, have for the region.
A strong foundation of public service and community is also what drew me to the Needy Fund: An organization with a long history of serving community needs that continue to evolve to meet the challenges of its residents. A lot has changed since it was established in 1936, but the message is the same: Neighbors helping neighbors – a motto I very much believe in. I take pride in my role to help serve the mission of the Needy Fund, and I’m honored to be a part of an outstanding and dedicated team, and an organization that has continued its mission to serve the community in important ways.
Martha (Marty) has worked in Human Services for more than 35 years. Prior employers were Housing Assistance Corporation where she started as a receptionist, then went into Fundraising and Development overseeing the coordination of a record setting 5 site Walk to End Homelessness with a volunteer staff of more than 200. She then specialized in 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 several years, she worked for Mashpee Village, a 145-unit low-income housing community. Marty focused most of her work at Mashpee Village on crisis intervention for families, youths, seniors, and singles at risk. She also oversaw an after-school program for the youth and created a teen mentoring program.
She has been a Cape Cod resident since 1964. She is a Barnstable High School graduate. She and her husband Philip have two daughters and two granddaughters.
Marty has been with the Needy Fund for over 16 years successfully assisting clients daily with basic human needs in a timely fashion. She skillfully negotiates with vendors and maintains an updated referral resource guide for her clients to help them regain financial stability.
“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 people’s 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.”
I’ve had the opportunity to work as an intake counselor for the Needy Fund, serving the community, for the past 9 years. Having a passion to work in the social service field, I started as a volunteer at a local shelter in Plymouth, eventually obtaining a degree in Business Management and BS in Human Services. My employment experience consisted of working in hospice and elder care as well as case management and advocacy for the developmentally disabled.
I came to the Cape in 1997, have 4 children and 1 grandchild. In my leisure time I continue to actively volunteer for various organizations, attend art/music events, quilt and study Italian.
“The Needy Fund exemplifies what a local charity should be-helping those in the community help themselves- making the Cape a better place to live.”