Cape Abilities Expands

Boston – MassDevelopment has issued a $463,500 commercial real estate loan and a $150,000 Tech Dollar Loan to Cape Abilities, Inc., a nonprofit human services organization in Hyannis.

Cape Abilities is using proceeds to buy and renovate a group home for people with autism in Barnstable. The organization will also use proceeds to upgrade computer, software, and security systems at its headquarters in Hyannis.

“By supporting people with disabilities through job placement, training, life skills, and residential programming, Cape Abilities provides crucial services to Barnstable County,” said MassDevelopment president and CEO Marty Jones. “MassDevelopment is pleased to help the organization with its real estate and technology needs, ensuring that more people with disabilities have the resources necessary to reach their full potential.”


Cape Abilities serves individuals with a broad range of disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder, developmental and intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, blindness, Down syndrome and acquired brain injury. The agency was founded in 1968 as the “Nauset Workshop” to serve individuals with disabilities in the town of Barnstable. Today, it operates 14 group homes and serves more than 360 individuals throughout Cape Cod.

“We truly appreciate the ability to partner with MassDevelopment to expand the services and supports that are so greatly needed for individuals on the autism spectrum. The funding for much-needed technology upgrades will provide the necessary infrastructure we need to accomplish our mission,” said Rosalie Edes, Cape Abilities Executive Director.