Tammy Ribeiro-Suckoo and her husband found themselves in a difficult position last year. Thanks to the Falmouth Service Center and the Falmouth Public Schools, they have found a way out of it.
The couple, who had no children of their own, took custody of their grandnephew and two grandnieces, who had been living in New Bedford.
The problem was that to be granted full guardianship of the children—then 4, 6 and 10 years old—from the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families, they needed to have a residence with enough space for five people.
The landlord of their apartment on Main Street in Falmouth would not allow it.
After taking the landlord to court and finding no additional help from DCF, they still needed a larger and affordable place to live.
Ms. Ribeiro-Suckoo turned to Wendy Risko, school adjustment counselor at Mullen-Hall Elementary School, who connected the family with the Falmouth Service Center.
“We’ve helped the family with food and Thanksgiving and Christmas, and with some financial assistance,” said Kerin Delaney, the service center’s acting executive director. “We were able to give them $1,500 for the security deposit on their new apartment in Teaticket.”
“Without support from the schools and the service center, I don’t know what would have happened to us,” Ms. Ribeiro-Suckoo said. “There are the best people at the schools and the pantry, and the entire community of Falmouth is blessed to have people like them.”
Meeting with the school and the service center was the “hardest but most rewarding” decision she ever made, Ms. Ribeiro-Suckoo said.
The children—now 5, 7 and 11 years old—are students at Mullen-Hall and Morse Pond School.
“We have full guardianship of the kids until they turn 18, and they’re thriving,” she said. “Our oldest just took part in the ‘Shop with a Cop’ program with the Falmouth police at Morse Pond.”
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The annual Enterprise Community Fund drive is underway.
Every dollar donated to the Enterprise Community Fund goes to the Service Center. A donation to the community fund is, in effect, a donation to the Service Center.
Donations may be made care of the Enterprise, 50 Depot Avenue, Falmouth, MA 02540.
The following people or organizations have donated to the Community Fund so far this year:
Centerplate-Boston Culinary Group Deli Counter, aboard the Steamship Authority vessels Cape Cod, MA
The Falmouth Walk, Inc.
Alician V. Quinlan
Eric and Holly Sundquist
Caroline and Jim Lloyd
Falmouth Fiddlers Association
The Beckett Family
Frederica W. Valois
Dick and Carol Lyonnais
David and Phyllis Rubin
Joseph and Susan Netto
In memory of Joe Powers, from Mary Ellen Powers
In memory of Fran DeLucca, from Doug Macmillan
Edward DeWitt and Kathleen Mortenson
Robert G. Ripley Jr.
Debbie and Mike O’Neil
Carl and Elizabeth Ruggles
Peter and Susan Morrison
In memory of Louise Adler, from Laurinda Morway
Malcolm and Janice Dougherty
Stephanie and Leonard Miele
Bill and Cindy Dillon
Sheila and Bob Conroy
In honor of Brenda Swain, from Tom and Judy Stetson
In memory of J.C. “Willy” Williams, from Louise and David
Peter and Joan Boyer
Bill and Pie Smith
Brian and Rachel Switzer
Joanne and Ernest Holcomb
Karen and Douglas Karson
Melinda Hall and Larry Pratt
The Moriartys: Dennis, Mary, Chris and Alexia, Kevin and Erin
In honor of Marge Noonan and Mary Ellen Powers, from Betty Craig
Carl and Jean Bowin
Deborah Siegal and Richard Payne
Russ and Joan Pelletier
In loving memory of Mary Miller Morse
Martha M. Asendorf
From Deb and John
Rose and Lenny Matthews
In memory of Doug Riebesehl
Chip and Barbara Hannon
Mary A. Lane
Stephen and Rosemary Fassett
George and Sandra Hussey
Kathryn A. Paine
In memory of Ginny Wrigley, from Les Wrigley
Rosemarie and Herbert McAdams
Tom Roberts—Gone but never forgotten, from Madeline and Dick Lopes
Ed and Betsey Jackson
In loving memory of Jackie Addison
Carolyn W. Rooney
David and Cathy Williamson
Ellen and Richard Sullivan
John and Debbie Netto
In memory of our parents, from Barbara and Bob Perry
In memory of Frank, from Carol Rattacasa
In place of local Christmas cards, from Louise and David Williams
Irene M. LeFort
Cathy and John Bearce
David and Dorothea Hosom
In memory of RBT, from CRA
In honor of Brenda Swain, from Beth Traubert
In loving memory of Scott Orluskie, from Jan and Tom Orluskie
Mary J. Edgar
Alan and Lynne Robinson
William and Elizabeth McKeon
Paul and Marilyn Dreyer
Roger and Mary Ann Gardzina
Vicky Cullen and John Waterbury
Total as of December 10: