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Planet Fitness

Planet Fitness will be offering free, daily at-home workouts for anyone and everyone via Facebook Live. Get moving with their trainers and even some surprise celebrity guests for a 20 minute workout to relieve stress and stay healthy. Let’s workout through this. United We Move.

Cape therapists offer free 'comfort conversations'

Volunteers will speak by phone with community members under stress. People can call the Center for Family Therapy at 508-539-0221 and press 0 for the general line, then leave a name, phone number and a statement saying they want a comfort conversation. A volunteer therapist will call them within 24 hours.

The conversations might last anywhere from 30 to 50 minutes, Smith-Brown said. If a person leaves details about the reason for a call, They will try to match it with a therapist who specializes in that area.

The therapists also can refer the clients who call to other available resources, she said. For instance, other therapists are starting online resources available for first responders and those on the front lines, such as grocery store workers. Many therapists are offering pro bono work or reduced fees.

Online Virtual 12 Step Meetings

During these times of uncertainty, you can be certain that American Addiction Centers (AAC) cares about your recovery journey and we understand that attending in-person meetings over the coming weeks will be difficult. These sessions will be based on traditional 12-step meetings, hosted by a person in recovery, and topics or meeting types will vary based on the group’s preference. Following the traditions of 12-step programs, these meetings are not affiliated with AAC or any of its affiliates.

Coronavirus...When Staying at Home is NOT your Safest Place!

Staying at home is the healthiest and safest course of action to stop the spread of COVID-19. But for victims of domestic and sexual violence, home may be the most unsafe place.
Reports during this pandemic have confirmed that domestic violence victims are facing increased risks to their safety! Survivors quarantined at home with a partner or family member who uses controlling and violent behavior, are at high risk of being harmed.

Abuse and risk comes in many ways, including mental, emotional and physical abuse. For children at home during this time, they will witness this violence and experience trauma that affects their emotional, psychologic and mental health, and without intervention this can affect them the rest of their lives. Their immediate safety may be at great risk too.
Independence House urges survivors/victims of domestic and/or sexual violence to privately contact us (1-800-439-6507) or ask someone else to reach out on their behalf! Please reach out! We are here for you, doing what we always do, and we are alerted to the fact that you, or someone you know, may need our services and support more than ever! 
The Independence House Board of Directors is sending a message that you are NOT ALONE! Independence House, Cape Cod's leading resource, counseling, and advocacy center to address and prevent domestic and sexual violence, is here to help you and your children, or someone you know, now more than ever!

During this pandemic, our agency is OPEN and offering our programs and services in creative ways. Our 24-hour hotline 800-439-6507 offers immediate response to any physical or emotional crisis arising from abuse or sexual assault. Staff are accommodating communication and scheduled sessions with people in need of our services by phone. Protective Order applications and safety planning is still available from Independence House SAFEPLAN advocates or our staff attorney. Independence House Counselors and Staff Attorney are continuing to work with individuals who are domestic and sexual assault victims and are providing remote support by telephone.
The Independence House Board of Directors is conveying our deepest concern and affirmation, and we actively support the well-being and safety of survivors.
Let's take this emergent time to help make certain everyone has a right to a life without violence.

Heroes In Transition Offers Virtual Support to Military Community

 In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Heroes In Transition (HIT) has stepped up its virtual programming to ensure the region's military community has the support it needs at this time.

While its public events have been postponed for the time being, Heroes has held several virtual gatherings for veterans, military couples, military spouses, and active duty military in recent weeks. Anyone interested in learning more or participating in upcoming virtual sessions should email

Every Tuesday evening, HIT holds a Zoom meetup for military couples. On Saturday mornings, it holds a virtual coffee chat for military spouses.

Heroes In Transition's Family Coordinators Casey and Aaron Van Huysen are organizing a virtual trivia night for military families on Friday, April 24 at 5 pm.

Starting Monday, April 13, HIT will be holding its three-part virtual series (Wednesday, April 15 and Friday, April 17) focused on strategies individuals and families can use to cope with the pandemic. This will be the second time HIT has offered the series, Strategies for Coping, since the quarantine began. The series is facilitated by psychologist Dr. Marie Bartram.

Along with its virtual offerings, Heroes is seeing the community step up to support the organization. On Sunday, April 19 at 7 pm, the Rick Lockwood Trio will be performing live on Facebook to raise funds for Heroes In Transition's services which includes: providing financial assistance to veterans and military families in need; a Fall Couples Retreat; a Families In Transition (FIT) equine therapy program; a canine co-pilot program; monthly outings for the military community; and a new REBOOT program for female veterans, active duty military, and military spouses.