Monday, August 28, 2017

 We had a great time at Panola Mountain Park! There were people all ages, deaf and hearing, students and interpreters, all together meeting each other and renewing old friendships. Mary Catherine cooked some great burgers and hot dogs. Plus Meskel gave out door prizes from restaurants in the area.  It was fun to chat and some people went on a hike while others played on the playground.  Thank you everyone who participated! We want to do it again next August!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Another HHD success story

Hi Friends, I wanted to let you know of another HHD success story.  A lady came to us in need of a place to live and we found an affortable apartment for her close to her place of work.  She can even walk to work which is great for her situation!!  We are glad to be a part of HHD and working to help Deaf and Hard of Hearing people life safely and be successful.

HHD continues to tutor people

As you may know, Nathan tutors a deaf man who immigrated to America with his family from Syria every Tuesday. Juilee, a lady from the New American Pathways, came to interview us. That lady in the far left side is Juilee. The second one from the left is Page Love Smith, the coordinator who introduced Meskel and me to Marwan, a deaf man who fled from Syria. The next two ladies are Rebecca and Araz. They are the former refugees from other countries. Next is the man who arrived in America in April 2017 from Kenya after fleeing from Somalia. The last man on the right is Marwan.

Picnic in the Park 8/26 11am-3pm

Come support HHD at our "Picnic in the Park" this Saturday!  We'll be at Panola Mountain State Park. We'll be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs in an effort to raise money for HHD. Contact Susan Holly for more information!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Belk $5 fundraiser underway!



Have you gotten your ticket yet? Belk is having a huge charity sale on April 29 6am-10am (depending on store location) ticket cost is $5 and you can redeem it with your belk purchase. Your $5 goes to Helping hands for the Deaf. 

We also need your help selling tickets at the different belks locations. Email info@helpinghandsforthedeaf to learn more! 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Letter from Meskel

Dear friends and sponsors,

First, I would like to thank you sincerely for the donations of kitchenware including a used grilled machine. I requested donations of cooking supplies for deaf clients who needed them, and you came through for us.

I emailed and texted donors and friends about what the deaf clients needed. You donated basic cooking supplies along with a grilled machine and pots. One deaf client accepted the supplies she needed. This client still desired one more thing. The cooking supplies not chosen by this client were donated to another client.

Last Monday, my son and I went to Wendy's and we ate together after our gym workout. A man sat in the corner of the restaurant eating alone. He watched us while I chatted with my son. My son and the man started to talk with each other. Then this man moved to sit next to our table. We felt a little awkward about him since he was a stranger to us.

This sweet and spiritual man asked us what our prayer requests were. We both were surprised by his question. My son shared his prayer request about his college study and mine about my service to the deaf community.

The man was suprised to hear about my service and said that he never had seen a deaf lady as a leader to a deaf organization. Then he started to pray with us. Finally, he put money into my hand. I said "Oh, no! No, thank you." The man pleaded with me saying, "Please accept my money for you. If you don't accept this, I will miss the blessing." ….Good point!.... So, I accepted it.

Then I realized that this money was for the deaf client mentioned above who needed one more thing to complete her kitchen, a small George Foreman Grill. So I bought it for that client. There was some money left over and it was placed into the HHD's treasure chest. It helps to raise our funds a little bit.

Additionally, we are still collecting winter coats for deaf clients. A man needs a winter coat size XL, and two winter coats for the ladies in size L.

We still need more volunteers for selling tickets at the Belk stores during March and April to raise funds for HHD. The donations we receive from this fundraiser keep HHD running and helping the deaf community.

David and Susan Holly are working hard in creating HHD's website, http://helpinghandsforthedeaf.org/ and Facebook. They have created a sign up box for subscription. It works! David and Susan are doing great! We encourage many people to sign up for the news and events. The subscribers will reap a rich blessing by participating and making HHD a success!

Thank you for all you have done in assisting us in helping those in the Deaf Community that need support. We could not successfully do all this work without the support of donors like you.

Best Regards,

Meskel Crowe, Director
Helping Hands for the Deaf

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

HHD helped a deaf student negotiate for an apartment

Recently a deaf student came to HHD asking for help in renting an apartment.  Two hearing social workers, a hard of hearing lady, and a friend of HHD worked with the deaf student who needed to find a place to live. We worked for 2 months trying to find a place that fit the deaf student's needs.  

HHD organized a meeting with a prospective landlord. HHD helped the student negotiate with the landlord for the amount of monthly rental payments and rules the student would need to follow as a renter. 

The meeting went well and ended with an agreement! This deaf student will move in and rent a room in the landlord's home starting in March 2017. It's exciting to be a part of helping the deaf! 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

HHD advocating for deaf in metro Atlanta area

Meskel Crowe, CEO of Helping Hands for the Deaf (HHD), recently went to court with a deaf client to appeal with a judge about medical coverage. She advocated for the deaf client and that client will now have full medical coverage by Medicaid. Everything went smoothly in the court.

Meskel went with another deaf client to an attorney's office to modify the client's mortgage. With Meskel's help this deaf client reduced his monthly mortgage payment by $200. With HHD's help that client can afford to pay thier mortgage payment now.

We at HHD are happy to advocate for deaf people's rights. Praise the Lord! 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

HHD helping a deaf Syrian refugee learn ASL

In January Meskel Crowe, CEO of Helping Hands for the Deaf (HHD), began tutoring a deaf man from Syria.  When they met he communicated to her that he fled the war in Syria with his wife and children. 

Meskel said that at first it was very difficult to communicate with him.  A friend of hers familiar with Arabic and English helps her as she teaches him ASL signs.  Meskel is also using an English/Arabic dictionary to communicate with the man.  And the Syrian man's wife is also helping in the communication process. 

Soon this man will be able to communicate with Americans in ASL!

This is what HHD is about - helping the deaf learn and enabling them to get out there and help others.  A great success for us to share about what HHD is doing in the metro Atlanta community. 

If you meet this man and his family be sure and welcome them to America.  And tell others about HHD!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Fair Housing Workshop this Saturday

HHD is co sponsor of a  seminar coming up this Saturday.  If you feel discriminated against with respect to your housing service this is the workshop for you.  Contact HHD for details.