Outreach Services

Recognizing that there are times when individuals may be more vulnerable and at a higher risk for suicide, The Samaritans on Cape Cod and the Islands offer programs that provide additional models of support during these particularly difficult times. Through various ongoing caring contacts – telephone calls, letters, and in-person groups – Outreach Services provide the opportunity for suicide attempt survivors and isolated seniors to build resiliency, develop coping skills, identify resources, and feel a much-needed sense of connection.

Senior Outreach

Created in 2009 in response to the growing needs of seniors in our community, Senior Outreach is a referral program where outgoing calls are made to isolated or at-risk older adults. Participants are matched with a Samaritans-trained volunteer who calls the senior once or twice each week. Conversations are confidential and provide a safe place for older adults to talk about whatever is troubling them most without fear of judgment or repercussion.

The program is free and available to any individual, aged 55 years or older. Participants may self-enroll in the program or be referred by their Council on Aging, a community group, or a concerned family member.

To enroll or inquire about referring a participant, reach out to Karen Ellery-Jones at kellery-jones@capesamaritans.org.

“It’s reassuring to our staff to know that [anonymous] receives a call from the Samaritans each week. She’s quite active at our center, taking part in bingo and various field trips, but she doesn’t always open up about what’s going on in her life. She lives by herself and has said she doesn’t like to ‘bother’ her kids, but we all need someone to talk to. We know she looks forward to her weekly call with her Samaritan volunteer.”

— Council on Aging staff member

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