A Note of Thanks from a Client

We are always pleased to receive feedback from the clients and communities we serve.

We were especially grateful for this recent note from the South Ashmere Water Association, located in Hinsdale, MA, in Berkshire County, which included a donation of $100. This contribution will help our organization to continue the important work we do to help individuals and communities to build pathways to self-sufficiency and expanded economic opportunity.

The note reads:

Dear Jim, Thank you note Ashmere

On behalf of the South Ashmere Water Association, I want to thank you for your help in shaping our asset management plan.  We could not have complied with the D.E.P. (Department of Environmental Protection) requirement or found a practical way of using the information without your help! 

Please accept the donation enclosed in appreciation for your service. 


Clay Knapp, President



family-house-hands-Great News!Good news for citizens in need of assistance in Worcester County!

RCAP is Re-Opening the doors for RAFT (Residential Assistance for Families in Transition) Intake on Wednesday, July 13, 2016.

RAFT intake is available in our Worcester Office (located at 12 East Worcester Street) at the following times:

Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Thursday: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

For more information, please contact:
Bill Minkle, MS, Executive Vice President, RCAP Solutions, Inc.
12 East Worcester Street, Worcester, MA 01604
Phone: 978-630-6709, bminkle@rcapsolutions.org

Ten Reasons to Contribute to RCAP Solutions:

 With ten days left until the end of the fiscal year, we ask you to consider

Ten Reasons to Contribute to RCAP Solutions:

10. Because you care about safe, clean drinking water. Well before Flint, Michigan made headlines, RCAP Solutions has provided technical assistance and training to help small, rural communities throughout the northeast and Puerto Rico address their drinking water, wastewater, and other community development needs.

9. Because you care about families at risk of homelessness. Each night, approximately 4,000 families with children and pregnant women sleep in shelters or hotels. This does not include families who are doubled up, living in unsafe conditions, or sleeping in their cars. RCAP Solutions offers assistance to help families in crisis and those going off public assistance, including homelessness prevention counseling, financial literacy counseling, financial and housing assistance and other supportive services.

8. Because you care about seniors. Long before Baby Boomers began turning 65, RCAP Solutions has offered an array of elder service programs which can assist our aging population and those who are disabled to remain safely and affordably in their homes and communities.

7. Because you care about domestic violence survivors. Abuse victims often flee their homes and become homeless in search of safety and better lives for themselves and their family. RCAP Solutions provides housing, counseling, education and employment opportunities needed to support families and establish their independence as a domestic violence survivor.

6. Because you care about affordable housing. Much before skyrocketing rates and housing bubbles, RCAP Solutions began providing programs to assist tenants in paying for their rent as well as managing properties in order to provide safe, affordable housing for the elderly, disabled and families throughout Worcester County.

5. Because you care about veterans. Many veterans live with lingering effects of post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse. Additionally, military occupations and training are not always transferable to the civilian workforce, placing veterans at increased risk for homelessness. RCAP Solutions offers a supportive housing program for homeless Veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

4. Because you care about people with disabilities. Nearly 1 in 5 people in America have a disability. RCAP Solutions offers several programs which can assist people with disabilities to remain in their homes, including a home modification loan program, special rental assistance programs and client service programs for our housing residents.

3. Because you care about your community and the people in it. As an advocate for affordable housing, clean water and keeping our local families and communities safe and healthy, RCAP Solutions provides housing, educational, financial and technical programs for Worcester County. From the youngest to the eldest citizens, we care about those that are most vulnerable within our communities.

2. Because you believe in second chances. RCAP Solutions‘ mission begins with the words “to foster personal and public self-reliance”. We don’t provide handouts, but offer supportive programs and services to those who need it most.

1. Because you care about how your money is spent. As a careful recipient of your tax dollars, RCAP Solutions has always turned funds that come to the organization directly into service for others. While some of our grants include administrative and operating fees, our last three audits showed that less than 10% of our total budget is spent on administrative costs. RCAP Solutions is a 501(c)3 organization and donations are tax deductible. No matter what the size of the donation, it will help to fund our programs that support individuals, families and communities.

Contribute to RCAP Solutions.

Because you care about providing Resources to Communities And People.

We thank you for your generosity and support.

Please click here to make a donation today.

Thank you!


Housing Opportunities in Worcester


RCAP Solutions is pleased to participate in an informational session:

Wednesday, June 22, 2016  9:00 – 10:30 AM

Presented by Jim Brooks, Healthy Homes Program Manager from the Executive Offi­ce of Economic Development, Housing Development Division

CMAR – 492 Washington Street, Auburn

Learn about:

  • City of Worcester Post-TRID Down Payment Assistance
  • Review TRID compliant City of Worcester Down payment Assistance Plan
  • Update on Healthy Homes Grants
  • The Massachusetts Housing Partnership’s “One” Mortgage Program

For additional information click here: HousingOpps-Worcester-June22-2016

Phone Issues

kid-playing-telephone-oRCAP Solutions is currently experiencing problems with its phone system and voicemail. We have Verizon on site and appreciate your patience while we work to correct this issue.

We will post an update once the problem has been fixed.

In the meantime, please email us with any immediate issues or concerns. Thank you.

RAFT Applications Suspended Until Further Notice

Important Notice imagePlease be advised that RCAP Solutions, Inc. is temporarily suspending intake and orientation for RAFT applicants until further notice effective Friday, May 27, 2016.

This intake suspension is due to exhausting both of our increased RAFT RCAP allocations. We are in the process of approving final applications however we realize that we do not have adequate funding to cover every applicant’s need. We are processing on a first come/first completed application/first serve basis.

We expect to resume taking applications the week of July 8th and will send out notification once a re-opening date is determined.

Please be advised that all applicants who have applied prior to the shut down and were not approved will need to begin the process all over again when we re-open in July.

In the meantime all RAFT applicants are being referred to the Central Mass. Housing Alliance (CMHA), located at 6 Institute Road, Worcester, MA.

Phone: 508-791-7265 or 508-752-5519. www.cmhaonline.org

Walk in Hours:
Monday 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM, Wednesday 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM, Thursday 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

For more information, please contact:
Bill Minkle, MS, Executive Vice President, RCAP Solutions, Inc.
12 East Worcester Street, Worcester, MA 01604
Phone: 978-630-6709, Cell: 978-660-5294
bminkle@rcapsolutions.org, www.rcapsolutions.org

We apologize for any inconvenience.

RCAP/AWWA Workshop


Small System Operator Training: Achieve and Maintain Compliance with the SDWA (Systems <10,000)

June 2 – Jeff’s Catering, 15 Littlefield Road, Brewer, ME – 8:00a.m. – 3:30p.m.

Workshop Description:
Your utility faces daily-to-day challenges providing reliable, safe drinking water for your customers while avoiding costly violations. The American Water Works Association (AWWA), in conjunction with the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP), and the New England Water Works Association (NEWWA) is offering a FREE 1-day workshop to help your utility learn about compliance with drinking water regulations and steps to avoid costly violations. This workshop is made possible by funding through the U.S. EPA and AWWA’s partner, RCAP.

Continuing Education Credits – AWWA will offer TCHs for workshop attendance (pending state approval at time of mailing).

Individual registration is required through NEWWA. Click here to download registration form

Course Presenters:

Arthur Astarita is a water resource specialist and the Maine State Lead for RCAP Solutions. He is a professional geologist and joined RCAP in March 1998 after 22 years as an international petroleum explorationist. He has helped complete numerous water and wastewater infrastructure improvement projects throughout New England.

Mark Johnson is a technical assistance provider and state lead in Vermont with RCAP Solutions. He has more than 15 years’ experience in water treatment and distribution. He has a bachelor’s in civil and environmental engineering from Northeastern University in Boston, and has worked in the municipal and private sector as a certified water treatment and distribution operator. He has been certified in water treatment, distribution, backflow testing, and cross connection control program administration in several states.

Rebecca Reynolds is a community development specialist with RCAP Solutions. She has more than 20 years’ experience in the water and wastewater field, including water and wastewater operations, laboratory processes, operator training, and asset management. She is a certified Class IV Water Treatment Operator, Class III Distribution System Operator, and Wastewater Treatment Operator V in Maine; a Certified Environmental Specialist, and a Certified Check Up for Small Systems (CUPSS) trainer.

Audience: Operators, managers, or governing body of a small system.

Click here to register or for more information

(Please note, to register, you must download, print and complete the form in the above link, then fax/email/mail to NEWWA)


Maine Field Office Grand Opening




We’re Celebrating the Grand Opening of Our New Maine Field Office!

Thursday, May 12, 2016 ~ 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Ribbon Cutting & Presentations at 2:00 p.m.

RCAP Solutions, Inc.

477 Congress Street, 5th Floor, Portland, Maine 04101

Refreshments will be served

Please R.S.V.P. to
Maegen McCaffrey, Chief Communications Officer
978.630.6714, mmccaffrey@rcapsolutions.org

Click here for directions.


About RCAP Solutions:Maine Logo

Our Mission: To foster personal and public self-reliance and improve the quality of life for individuals, families and the communities in which they live.

Established in 1969, RCAP Solutions is a comprehensive 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, helping individuals, families and communities with a wide range of beneficial services providing our most basic needs including safe, affordable housing and clean drinking water. 

Our Community Resources Division promotes public, environmental and economic health by providing consulting, planning, financing, regulatory and compliance oversight, management and operational support for a wide range of community development and infrastructure projects.

RCAP Solutions is the Northeast affiliate of the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP), a national network of regional nonprofit organizations that provide comprehensive, on-site technical assistance and training to help small, rural communities address their drinking water, wastewater, and other community development needs.  We provide services in all six New England states, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

RCAP Re-Opening RAFT Intake

family-house-hands-Great News!


RCAP has received an additional award for the RAFT (Residential Assistance for Families in Transition) Program. This is great news for the citizens in need of assistance in Worcester County!!

We will reopen our doors for RAFT intake in our Worcester Office effective this Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. until the funds are committed.

We will resume our regular intake schedule until further notice:

Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Thursday: 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Fridays: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

For more information, please contact:
Bill Minkle, MS, Executive Vice President, RCAP Solutions, Inc.
12 East Worcester Street, Worcester, MA 01604
Phone: 978-630-6709, bminkle@rcapsolutions.org

What’s in your Well Water?

Ever wonder how clean your well water really is?well-water

RCAP Solutions is seeking homeowners interested in learning more about the quality of their water and the condition of their well. Unlike public drinking water systems, private wells do not have experts regularly checking the water’s source and its quality before it is sent to the tap. Households that use private wells must take special precautions to ensure the safety of their drinking water.

For more info on this free program, please see our link: http://www.rcapsolutions.org/private-wells/