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.