Realtors1-1.jpgSarah Lapsley (left) and Sunny Fellman of the Cape Cod & Islands Association of Realtors with two of the more than dozen laundry baskets of goods collected as part of the drive.

The most exciting moment for someone in shelter is when they move into permanent housing. But it can also be a scary moment as well.

HAC makes that transition a little easier thanks to its Welcome Home Gift Basket program, providing items – kitchen utensils, bath towels, bed sheets, pillow cases, dishes and more – necessary for any home.

In December, the program received a boost from the Young Professionals Network of the Cape Cod & Islands Association of Realtors (CCIAOR) which collected over a dozen laundry baskets full of home goods that will provide a solid foundation for HAC clients in their new homes.

“I receive the requests and I put everything together for the families,” volunteer coordinator Mary Everett-Patriquin told Sarah Lapsley, Greg Martin, Sunny Fellman and Patricia Pry of CCIAOR after they dropped off the donations at HAC the week of Christmas, noting the emotional connection to what the gift baskets will mean to those who receive them. “As I’m putting a basket together, I often find I need a tissue.”

Fellman, who serves as the chair of CCIAOR’s Young Professionals Network, said the program “fits in so well with what we do… We are just so excited being in this industry to be able to give back to local families on the Cape who are in need.”

To learn more about the Welcome Home Gift Basket program click this link or contact Mary Everett-Patriquin at