Tuesday, December 22, 2015

HHD helped these two get a job!

HHD helped these friends find a job with Salvation Army during the Christmas season. God is good!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Variety Show went well today

Our Helping Hands for the Deaf (HHD) Variety Show at Henry Baptist Church in Stockbridge, GA, helped us raise just over $600 toward our goals today - woohoo! 

About 50 people came to the event to see people tell stories, do skits, and sing/sign songs.  All very entertaining!  There were several students from the Georgia Perimeter College Interpreter Training Program that came as well as a great mix of supporters for HHD.   Everyone enjoyed the bread from Publix at Smyrna Crossing as well as the food and drink from Chick-fil-a and Zaxby'sCheck out more pictures and "like" us on Facebook!

Many thanks to everyone that helped make this variety show happen today.  HHD succeeds through the efforts of our volunteers, and we appreciate the time and effort it took to make this a successful fund-raising event.

If you would like to help us get closer to our fund-raising goals you can donate to HHD through PayPal or contact HHD to learn other ways you can help.  Thanks!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

September 2015 Update

Dear friends and sponsors,

Kindness is a beautiful treasure and I want to let you know that your kindness is amazing. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you do.

Deaf people need HHD to find an affordable place to live, to learn how to live independently, find employment, learn how to live better lives and serve the community. HHD is for serving the community.

Many non-profit and for-profit organizations help homeless people regardless of race, religion, gender, education, income, etc., but not many people with disabilities. Additionally, homeless deaf people may be the most marginalized people in our society, which may be due to communication barriers, and their relatively low numbers. The deaf and homeless are truly a forgotten people.

There is a lack of deaf awareness and understanding among hearing communities which hampers future developments in services for deaf clients. By empowering deaf people, our staff at HHD will continue to engage with deaf clients, promote their right to be consulted, and value their contribution in service development to better serve all deaf people. HHD understands that deaf people will lead a more rewarding life and make invaluable contributions to the broader society, with the proper assistance.

Our Recent Success Stories

  • HHD found an affordable apartment for a deaf woman to live in, and separately an affordable home for another deaf woman. We were able to provide proof of low income and deafness, where necessary, and help both clients move their belongings into their residences.
  • HHD helped a deaf woman lower her monthly utility bills, as well as a deaf couple renegotiate their mortgage payments. Now, the woman, and the deaf couple are living more comfortably and able to better pay their living costs. 
  • Our HHD staff helped a married couple improve their credit rating, and as a result, the couple is no longer burdened with very large payments to their lawyer who was supposed to fix their credit rating. The couple is now more comfortable in paying their rent and utility bills, and other living expenses. 
  • HHD friends and staff hosted a baby shower for a pregnant single mom and provided her all the needed supplies for her baby. 
  • HHD also found a place to live at a rehabilitation center for a lady who was released from prison.

Please understand that these deaf individuals have not had the opportunities of a good education because of their communication challenges, and are often neglected and misunderstood. Our leaders are educated deaf people and they understand these challenges. They are excited to educate and train deaf people for independent lives.

Our next fund raising event (The HHD Fundraiser Variety Show) is on Oct 3, 2015, at Henry Baptist Church Gym. We would greatly appreciate anything you could donate for this event, and we would love to advertise your sponsorship! Our goal is to raise $100,000 and purchase our first shelter. HHD is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and all contributions to HHD are tax deductible. We would love to have you sponsoring us with donations of $100 a month or more.

With your partnership in our efforts, together we can make a difference in the lives of these deaf individuals that otherwise would have no hope. Thank you in advance for any support you can offer.

For more information, please check out our website http://helpinghandsforthedeaf.org.

Meskel Crowe, CEO, and staff

Thursday, September 3, 2015

HHD Prayer requests

Please pray for the grant requests we are making.  We have requested grants from Home Depot, Chick-Fil-A, and other organizations in an effort to raise funds for HHD.  Thanks!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Great Chili Cook-off tonight!

We held a Chili Cook-off fundraiser tonight at Community Bible Church in McDonough tonight.  Over 50 of our friends came to help us raise money for our first homes for deaf/hard of hearing people in need.  We also had support from Kohl's and and our neighborhood Wendy's brought a big pot of chili to the contest competition.  We raised over $150 toward our goals - woohoo!

Thank you so much for your support of HHD.