Boston Senior IL Services Receives Award from CDBG Boston Human Services

Mayor's Office of Jobs and Community Service (JCS) and City of Boston sealAugust 12, 2013 - DEAF, Inc.’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Independent Living Services program (DHILS) has been awarded $35,000 for Senior IL Services. Our Senior IL Services program reaches out to Boston seniors, assesses what they need to remain as independent as possible, as safely as possible. We provide advocacy and supported referrals as well as communication-accessible services to empower seniors to make informed decisions and remain independent. As part of our services, we help seniors evaluate their financial needs and eligibility for benefits, apply for assistance (as appropriate). We work with homeless seniors and others who are rent burdened or need subsidized housing to locate appropriate housing.

For more information on our Senior IL Services program, contact the Independent Living program or call DEAF, Inc. for Julia Mickenberg at 617-254-4041 (TTY/Voice).

Congratulations to Board Member, Haben Girma, Harvard Law School Graduate Class of 2013

Haben Girma, stands in cap and gown with diploma in hand, flanked by her service dogJune 12, 2013 - DEAF, Inc. Board, staff, and community congratulate Haben Girma, member of our Board of Directors, on her graduation from Harvard Law School. Haben has honored this year by the White House as a Champion of Change and has received the prestigious Skadden Fellowship. Haben joined DEAF, Inc.'s Board last July, 2012. She is resigning from the Board and will be moving to California to work on disability rights in education at Disability Rights Advocates in Berkeley, California. We will miss her wonderful spirit and the insight she brought to the Board and to DEAF, Inc. Please join us in wishing Haben Girma all the best in her career. Congratulations, Haben!

DEAF, Inc. Celebrates Spring with a Race/Walk Fundraiser at the James Joyce Ramble

May 20, 2013 - April 28th was a beautiful, sunny morning for DEAF, Inc. walkers, runners and volunteers who joined with others at the James Joyce Ramble's 30th annual 6.2 mile race and 4.5 mile walk in Dedham. DEAF, Inc. volunteers set up our agency outreach tent and handed out water for all the runners and walkers that day.
DEAF, Inc. runners included (below, left to right) Sarah Worley (ASL stu-dent), Annie Hamilton (Project HOPE Health Specialist), Jill Hatcher (Project HOPE Program Director), Susan Sullivan (friend of Sarah Worley and DEAF, Inc.), Sarah Dyson, and (standing) Hilary Rosen (also ASL students).

Walkers included Sharon Applegate (DEAF, Inc.’s Ex-ecutive Director); Lu Traina and Diana Goldfarb (DEAF, Inc. Board Members), Nkiruka Akunwafor (DEAF, Inc. IL Specialist), Carol Zurek (former Board Member), Bernie Hamilton, Julie Proud-Ray, Kelly Fleese, and the Rosens, parents of runner Hilary Rosen.

DEAF, Inc. runners, walkers, and volunteers line up for a group photoAfter the race, volunteers, runners, and walkers posed together for a DEAF, Inc. group photo. Top row, left to right: Julie Proud-Ray, Bernie Hamilton, Lucy Annett, Wayne L. Howell, Tom Keydel (Board President), Nigel Long (Board Member), Pax McCarthy; Middle Row: Nkiruka Akunwafor, Kelly Fleese, Lu Traina, Evelyn Hatcher, Diana Goldfarb, Sharon Applegate, Carol Zurek, Cameron Lash; Front Row, Amaka (Nkiruka’s daughter), Sarah Worley, An-nie Hamilton, Jill Hatcher, Susan Sullivan, Sarah Dyson, and Mary O’Shea. Not shown: Mr. and Ms. Rosen.

Thanks to our donors, we have already raised close to $2,000: Susan Almeida, Ed Brody, Rachel Cane, Robert Chiaramonte, Dennis Cokley, J. Michael Conley, Joseph Curro, Eli Goldfarb, Bernadette Hamilton, Jean Healy, Alicia LaCoeur, Beth Lucey, Susan Minnicks, Maria Ritz, Hilary Rosen, Judith Saryan and Victor Zarougian, Jane Schott, Amy Wang, Judy Vreeland, Julie Proud-Ray, Olin Sibert, Kira and Chuck Sullivan. More contributions continue to come in. Thank you!

Missed the race and walk? Come join us next year!

In Sorrow and in Strength

Darkness in the background; cupped hands surround a memorial candleApril 18, 2013 - All of us at DEAF, Inc. share in the shock and sorrow of the attacks at Monday’s Boston Marathon. We extend our sympathies and condolences to the victims, their families, and everyone affected. Today we join with others to mourn loss and celebrate the indomitable spirit of our shared community.

Pauline Raiche, New Bedford Office, Named Outstanding Advocate of the Year

Pauline, recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Advocate of the Year Award

Pauline, recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Advocate of the Year Award, stands with EOHHS Secretary John Polanowicz (left), MCDHH Commissioner Heidi Reed, (second from right), and MCDHH SAC Chair Kevin Nolan (right).

March 19, 2013 - At the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Constituents’ Day at the State House on March 7, MCDHH presented the “Outstanding Advocate of the Year Award” to Pauline Raiche, DEAF, Inc. IL New Bedford/Fall River Regional Director. Pauline is being honored for her significant achievements in serving the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Late-Deafened communities of southeastern Massachusetts.

Congratulations, Pauline! Hands waving!!

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