Announcing New DEAF, Inc. Board Members for 2014

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We are proud to introduce DEAF, Inc.’s 2014 Board of Directors: returning Board members are Tom Keydel, President; Kendra Timko-Hochkeppel, Vice-President; John Medeiros, Treasurer; Diana Goldfarb, Clerk; Michael Gardener, Esq.; Kelly Kim; Nigel Long, Esq.; Kerry Thompson; and Lu Traina. We are thrilled to welcome new members; Elaine Coughlan-Gifford and Mia Tavan. We thank Rob Christian and Eveleen Cunningham who left the Board at the end 2013. Join us in welcoming our newest Board members.

Elaine GiffordElaine Gifford

Mia Tavan
Mia Tavan

Tufts Health Plan Foundation Supports DEAF, Inc.’s Healthy Lifestyles for Older Deaf Adults

Tufts Health Plan Foundation logoDecember 11, 2013 -The Tufts Health Plan Foundation is partnering with Project HOPE to improve the lives of older Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened adults in our community. A generous award from the Tufts Health Plan Foundation will provide funding for outreach and health and fitness workshop for older Deaf adults. As a result of the funding, seniors can look forward to informational field trips, for example, to local farmers markets. We are excited to continue to work with the Tufts Health Plan Foundation to ensure older Deaf adults lead vibrant and healthy lives.

Celebrating Another Successful Year at the FY13 Annual Community Meeting

click to open PDFDecember 10, 2013 - On Monday, December 9, DEAF, Inc. hosted our 2013 Annual Community Meeting to present highlights of our Fiscal Year 2013 (July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013). Lu Traina discussed the status of our Strategic Planning project. Community member, Nina Livingstone shared her moving story about overcoming her fears and reclaiming her independence through DBCAN’s Provider services, in particular, Linda Burns. Members of the community were recognized for outstanding achievements. Sandra Bass received the Staff of the Year Award for her dedication, compassion, and for providing as a role model to the community and staff alike. Pauline Raiche was recognized for her 15 year commitment as a staff member serving the Southeast area from our New Bedford office and the Deaf community in general. Board Vice President Kendra Timko-Hochkeppel was honored as Volunteer of the Year for her tireless, enthusiastic service to DEAF, Inc. Kendra’s next big project is to co-chair with Sarah Worley (ASL student and friend of DEAF, Inc.) an ambitious capital campaign to fund a formal ASL studies program. Finally, John Pirone was recognized for his outstanding dedication and leadership in the Deaf community. Hands waving for all award winners and for DEAF, Inc. staff and volunteers, all of whom made FY13 a great year. DEAF, Inc. thanks the local businesses that donated refreshments and prizes to support our annual meeting: Bertucci’s, Redbones BBQ, Sichuan Gourmet, Starbucks, Stop & Shop, Trader Joe’s. Please show them that you appreciate their support. If you missed the Annual Community Meeting, you can read our Fiscal Year 2013 Annual Report online.

Bushrod H. Campbell and Adah F. Hall Charity Fund Awards DEAF, Inc. Project HOPE

December 4, 2013 - The Bushrod H. Campbell and Adah F. Hall Charity Fund supports Project HOPE’s health outreach, education, and medical case management services. Funding from the Bushrod H. Campbell and Adah F. Hall Charity Fund will help us expand our medical case management outreach to Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened seniors. It will also enable us work with health and medical providers to improve their communication access and cultural sensitivity in their health care services.

Celebrate with us our Annual Community Meeting

Come Celebrate at Annual Meeting Dec 9October 24, 2013 - Come learn what we've been doing as we present our Annual Report for FY13. Bid in the Silent Auction & Raffle. Enjoy appetizers, desserts & beverages (cash bar available). Enjoy ASL Performances. Honor this year's winner of the Community Member Award. Enjoy social time with friends old & new!

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