ODSC

HOTLINE 1-844-ODSC-SAFE (1-844-637-2723) Hours Available: 5pm to 9am Monday night - Saturday morning

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

NEWS FLASH!!

SAVE THE DATE!

WHAT: Our Deaf Survivors Center is hosting its 2nd Annual Gala! There will have silent and live auctions and dinner along with the presentations! More information on the presentations will be announced soon. Please plan on coming to support us and connect with our Deaf community networks.


WHERE:  Sheraton Framingham Hotel and Conference
                1657 Worcester Road
                 Framingham MA, 01701

WHEN:  Friday October 9, 2015, 6 PM - 11 PM
              
Schedule: 6 PM - 7:30 PM - Cash bar, appetizers and silent auction
                 7:30 PM - 11 PM - Dinner, presentations and live auction

ADMISSION:  $60.00 per person flat rate.

METHODS OF PAYMENT CHOICES:  personal check or credit card thru PayPal

Personal check payable to:  “Our Deaf Survivors Center” and send to:  
            
Our Deaf Survivors Center
PO Box 2276
Worcester, MA  01613-2276

                                                        OR

Credit Card:  Go to ODSC website: odscunity.blogspot.com and click PayPal button.                                 

If you don’t have an account with PayPal, you can still use the
same website and click the PayPal button to pay with your credit card.


DEADLINE to purchase the admission tickets is October 3, 2015. No tickets will be sold at the door. 





Thursday, July 30, 2015

                      A NEW CULTURAL BROKER STARTING IN AUGUST

Our Deaf Survivors Center ODSC) is very excited to announce that Heather Willman will fill the position of Cultural Broker starting in August.  She will work closely with Inger Riley who has been our Interim Cultural Broker since last April. They work with Deaf, Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind people who are experiencing sexual and/or domestic violence, stalking or harassment. Cultural Brokers support and create access for survivors by collaborating with victim service agencies and programs.  They offer training, consultation and/or support about using and getting Certified American Sign Language Interpreters or CART, and how to create a Culturally Affirmative environment. The Cultural Broker may attend meetings with the survivor and agencies to ensure communication access and a positive working relationship. The Cultural Broker is available to support the victim with sexual and domestic violence needs in hospitals, law enforcement, and court settings.

You can contact our Cultural Broker at cbodsc414@gmail.com or VP #978-451-7225.

REMINDER: Please share with your friends about ODSC Hotline for sexual and domestic violence related issues at 1-ODSC-SAFE (1-844-637-2723.) You can call from 5 PM to 9 AM  Monday to Saturday morning to speak with a Volunteer Advocate.  Our Volunteer Advocates offer support, information about different kinds of sexual or domestic abuse, referrals for other services, safety planning, or just to know that you are not alone. The ODSC hotline is here to help you!

So welcome Heather!  ODSC thanks Inger for being a big part of the success of our Cultural Broker program.
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Any questions you may have, please feel free to email at this suephilip@aol.com and will help you to get what you need.

Thank you for the community support.

Sue Philip
President, ODSC





Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Please Mark Your Calendars and Save the Date!

I'm excited to announce that Our Deaf Survivors Center will be hosting 2nd Annual Gala fundraising event on Friday October 9, 2015 at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel and Conference Center in Framingham. Please join to share our mutual interest in supporting this OSDC resource. Look out for more details in coming months. We hope you will mark your calendar and make plans to attend!
Michelle Dunn, ODSC Gala chairperson '15
                                                         
 P.S. I am looking for people who is interested in joining our gala committee.  If interested, please contact me at  RMDUNN11@gmail.com. Thanks.          


                          

Saturday, June 13, 2015

OUR DEAF SURVIVORS CENTER

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A VOLUNTEER ADVOCATE FOR THE ODSC HOTLINE??

COME TO THE INFORMATION SESSION!

The Information Session will help you to decide whether you want to become a Volunteer Advocate (VA) to assist people calling our hotline and ask us any questions you may have.

ODSC will provide 60 hours of training for interested individuals who want to be become a VA and support Deaf victims of Sexual and Domestic Violence in the fall.

There are two dates scheduled for information sessions:

When:        June 30 and July 7 (pick one)
Where:       Center for Living & Working, Inc.
                   484 Main Street, Suite 345
                   Worcester, MA 01608
Time:         6 to 8 PM

Sign up is required. The deadline to sign up is June 26th.  Once we receive your sign up, the directions and where to park your car will be sent to you.

Please contact Joan Philip, Education & Training Chairperson to sign up for an information session or for any further questions at joanphilip@aol.com.





Monday, May 4, 2015

Cultural Broker position

                                             Job Opportunity

"Cultural Broker" job opening.  See in ASL (American Sign Language)
Deadline to apply for this position is May 16, 2015.







Tuesday, April 28, 2015

GOOD NEWS TO SHARE!

Our Deaf Survivors Center (ODSC) is very excited to announce that we have hired a transitional Cultural Broker: Inger Riley. She is available to support victims who want to access sexual and domestic violence programs, courts, and other related programs.

Contact Inger at: cbodsc414@gmail.com or VP  978-451-7225.

ODSC is still recruiting a permanent Cultural Broker. If you have interest in the permanent position, or would like additional information about ODSC’s services, contact Sue Philip at: suephilip@aol.com

Additionally, ODSC's hotline for sexual and domestic violence offers resources, crisis intervention, support, and referrals. The hotline is available nights 5PM- 9AM, Monday through Saturday.

Call the hotline at:  1-ODSC-SAFE (1-844-637-2723).

Welcome, Inger!

Thank you,

Sue Philip
President, ODSC




Sunday, April 12, 2015

**JOB OPPORTUNITY  JOB OPPORTUNITY - New Deadline Date**

ATTENTION: Job Opportunity - please share this to anyone you think might be interested in this job position

ODSC Cultural Broker

Position Description: Part-time, non-benefitted, 20-hour/week paid position

Duties:
1. Advocacy Services Program Activities:
a. Serve as a liaison between ODSC and existing DV/SV agencies state-wide
b. Provide education and resources to improve existing agencies’ cultural and linguistic awareness and facilitate Deaf survivors’ access to existing victim services:
i. Help agencies to increase cultural awareness when working with heterogeneous survivors from the Deaf community (e.g., Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind, Late Deafened, etc.)
ii. Educate agencies about using ASL interpreters, Certified Deaf Interpreters, and CART providers
iii. Assist agencies and shelters to obtain and set up adaptive equipment (e.g., videophone, ADA kits)
c. Accompany Deaf survivors to initial appointments with established DV/SV agencies, Safeplan Advocates, SANE nurses, and law enforcement when appropriate
2. Support Activities:
a. Maintain documentation
b. Receive individual supervision from the Clinical Supervisor
c. Attend monthly Volunteer Advocate meetings

Requirements:
- BA/BS in a human services field or other relevant field of study – OR – minimum five years of experience in human services
- Prior experience in providing victim services preferred
- Reliable transportation
- Must pass CORI/SORI background check
- Fluent in American Sign Language and culturally competent in working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals

Compensation:
- $25.00/hour, 20 hours/week

HOW TO APPLY:

Email the following materials to Sue Philip, at suephilip@aol.com:
1. Resume
2. Cover letter, describing why you are interested in and qualified for the position

Due date: May 16, 2015


***Applications from Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing individuals are especially encouraged***