David Crowley's life was ready for a change in 2007. David, then 32, had grown up in a large supportive family in Dorchester and had been active in area programs and even local politics through his family. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino had designated David "Honorary Mayor of Dorchester." But in 2007, his mother, Anne, felt he needed more. She was also looking to move out of her longtime home in Dorchester. Two of her adult daughters live on Cape Cod. One daughter suggested Cape Abilities would be a good program for David. "We wanted a place where David could work and make friends," said Mrs. Crowley, "and it's worked out very well."
David, who now lives with his mother in Mashpee, works five days a week at Cape Abilities. He works in our Welcome to Cape Cod Beach Bucket business and also at Cape Abilities Farm in Dennis. David has also been able to get more job training, his mother says.
She says working here has also allowed David to grow and develop new interests.
"It's totally different at Cape Abilities," his mother says. "He's much happier. He has a paycheck and he has friends." "It's like everything fell in to place for him," she says."He loves it."But what does David think of Cape Abilities? He has a straightforward answer, "It's great."