Cape Fear Group Homes Fundraiser March 13th 2020

Wilmington, NC

Friday March 13, 2020

At The Beam Room (above Front Street Brewery) elevator accessible— 9 S. Front St, Wilmington, NC New Orleans funk sounds provided by the Rhythm Bones. Our Master of Ceremony will Glasgow Hicks a local radio personality. Cammeron Batanides will be our featured live painting performance artist. She is an international fine artist and children’s book illustrator. Predominantly working with acrylics, watercolor and charcoal, her works have been featured across the United States and throughout Jamaica.
Heavy Hors D’oeuvres will be provided/Cash bar.
Our Silent Auction will include over 40 pieces of artwork, gift baskets, and personal training/yoga and restaurant gift cards. A vacation rental as well as Cammeron Batanides live painting will be part of our featured live auction.

Purchase tickets at Eventbrite link below:
For more info contact: Anita Ford, Cape Fear Program Development at 910/218-6740 or email me

A Bit About Us…
Cape Fear Group Homes and Vocational Services is a licensed, private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Our EIN# is 581933669. We have served individuals with disabilities for over 25 years. The organization supports the residential and vocational needs of its participants in Wilmington, NC and across the state of North Carolina. During the last 25 years we have significantly impacted the lives of hundreds of clients through our residential group homes and vocational services. Many have been mainstreamed as productive citizens in our community and neighborhoods. Efforts stemming from our inception in the early 1990’s have brought realization to our local communities of the direct effect of deinstitutionalization in their neighborhoods when our 6 bed group homes were established.

Further, our involvement in training disabled individuals to be employed productively in our communities has expanded and we are accepted by many potential employers to work with our clients to improve their work status.

Charitable donations are used to fund community programs for our participants as well as support the development of “paperless”/electronic health record systems. These systems improve record keeping and enhance the overall quality of delivery of services to our participants. Further, we are in the process of expanding our day treatment and vocational training building to better meet the needs of our community.

Jobs Report for Vocational Services Participants

Cape Fear Vocational Services had one hundred and nineteen new participants in our supported employment program the last quarter of 2019. We helped our participants in procuring seventy-four jobs. Sixty-two of these people closed successfully meaning they worked at least 90 days on their own. So proud of our staff and our participants!

Annual Stakeholder Satisfation Surveys

Cape Fear Group Homes, Inc. conducts annual stakeholder satisfaction surveys to evaluate our services and Participant satisfaction in our group homes and vocational programs. We use the information received to better our services and staff training programs in an effort to increase the quality of services and the satisfaction of Participants. Here are the results for 2019:
Program Participant Satisfaction: 94%
Additional Stakeholder Satisfaction: 95%


Fenner Drives, a local production company; Cape Fear Vocational Services; NC Vocational Rehabilitation; and New Hanover County Schools are working together to place students into paid internships. This program assists students as they to go through an interview process with one of the production managers. Of the interviewees two are chosen to work for the semester gaining knowledge and work ethics to preparing them for competitive employment. Cape Fear Vocational Services supports the students on the days they work to ensure they are learning the job tasks as well as create tools for the students for them to be successful on the job. Ashley is one of the Laney High students chosen for the paid internship program last year at Fenner Drives and spent two semesters working and learning how to operate some of the machinery. Program participant, Ashley was offered a part time position with Fenner Drives, after her paid internship and continues to perform at an outstanding rate of production. People at Fenner Drives are very welcoming to our students. One of the coworkers mentioned “Ashley brings a smile to my face every time she walks in the door”. Cape Fear Vocational Services is extremely grateful for the opportunity to be working with Fenner Drives, NC Vocational Rehabilitation, and New Hanover Schools to give these students an amazing experience.


WILMINGTON, NC. Once it’s completed, a group home in Wilmington for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities will provide care to four adults, making a small dent in the large need for this kind of housing. The Tammy Lynn Center, a non-profit organization, is renovating a home on Beauregard Street. The home, donated by a local couple, is projected to be open by Thanksgiving and will create 22 jobs. “When completed, the $480,000 project will provide long-term and inclusive, affordable housing with 24-hour staff support for four adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities,” said Dan Daniel, director of development and public relations. Funding for the renovation project has been provided by the City of Wilmington and the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency. One neighbor, who wants to remain anonymous, expressed concern on Thursday that the group home might decrease property values on Beauregard Street. “We will be great neighbors, and the value of the property post-renovations will be significantly greater than it was before,” Daniel said in response to that concern. “That may bring some benefit to the neighboring properties as well.”

Ed Walsh, executive director of Cape Fear Group Homes, said the new group home in Wilmington is an exciting addition for families in need, but there is still a worsening long-term housing need for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. “There is a dearth of residential options for people with intellectual disabilities throughout North Carolina,” said Walsh. “New Hanover (County) is certainly symptomatic.” Walsh said the waiting list for group home placements in southeastern North Carolina has hundreds of people. WECT has reached out to Trillium to find out how many are on the waiting list. “A lot of people have quit looking,” said Walsh. “I will talk to families, and they say, ‘We were on the waiting list for years, and we just gave up on it.’” Cape Fear Group Homes has two homes in the Wilmington area, each serving six people. “I have a waiting list of at least seven or eight people today that, if I have opening, they really want Cape Fear (Group Homes),” said Walsh. When a family is searching for a group home for their loved one with a disability, they usually reach out to the managed care organization (MCO), which Walsh said is Trillium in Southeastern North Carolina. Trillium will help the family come up with a list of possible group home placements, but the waiting time is typically years before they move in, said Walsh. “What you’ll find is most providers don’t have openings, or they don’t have the right funding in order to get the person in there,” said Walsh. This is the first year Cape Fear Group Homes has been forced to turn to fundraising to help keep its doors open. A Medicaid waiver program is the primary funding source. “A lot of us are now going into fundraising,” said Walsh. “We’ve never really had to do this before.” What can you do to help? Walsh recommends calling elected officials to express your concern about the housing need. “Advocate for people with disabilities. It is a great group of people out there,” said Walsh. “Help advocate to give them the lives that they want. They have a lot of the same desires and goals that everybody else has.”