Beacon of Hope Event

Thank you to all who helped us celebrate 45 years of
The Samaritans on Cape Cod and the Islands at the Beacon of Hope event.

Thank you!

Thank you for making The Samaritans on Cape Cod and the Islands’ Beacon of Hope event for World Suicide Prevention Day a success. If you were able to join us, you heard the inspirational story of healing and hope from Kevin Berthia. It was an evening of community and camaraderie.

We also shared the substantial growth and changes that have taken place at the Cape Samaritans, not only over the last 45 years but especially since the onset of the pandemic. We shared how in 2020, Congress assigned the new 988 dialing code to operate through the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Lifeline) network of local call centers.

As an accredited Lifeline Crisis Center, Samaritans on Cape Cod and the Islands recognized how this represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to change how crisis services are delivered in the U.S. and in our local community. Here on the Cape, we extended call center hours to 24/7/365 and increased staffing to accommodate the increased call volume delivered by 988. We are expanding grief services and investing in evidence-based materials and resources to strengthen all of our programs.

With a history of forty-five years of service delivery, The Samaritans on Cape Cod and the Islands is growing to keep pace with our community’s needs.

If you weren’t able to be there but would like to support Samaritans’ programs, please consider making a donation to help us further our reach.

Thank you for your continued support of our crisis line, programs, and outreach in the community. We couldn’t do it without our volunteers and you.
With gratitude,
Stephanie Kelly
Executive Director

This event was made possible by the generous support of our sponsors.

Corporate Sponsors

Individual Sponsors

Lisa Pajolek

Don Mroz and Susan Lapine

Honoring those struggling with mental health

Monica Snow

In honor of Paula Gaudet

Chris and Jim Bezreh

Joe Agresta and Jo Ann Williams

Peter Clark

Honoring callers who benefit from ongoing contact

Martine McDermott