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Healing Begins with a Home


Carmen, a 59 year old Cape Codder, suffered from a stroke and heart attack. She found herself homeless for 8 years, living in a car with her cat without access to any medical exams or treatment. With no money for eyeglasses, she could barely see.

Then Carmen heard about the Duffy Health Center. Duffy’s intensive case managers provided Carmen with access to medical help, transportation, supportive counseling, budgeting, and a listening ear. Through Duffy’s Help for Housing program, sponsored in part by the United Way of Cape Cod, Carmen has now obtained permanent housing and a stable income.

Carmen’s health has greatly improved. She has glasses and is again able to accomplish the routine tasks that most of us take for granted. One of the best parts of Carmen’s story is that in her new house she has been able to keep her beloved cat and best friend, Baby.