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

Sunday, April 12, 2015


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

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

- 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

- $25.00/hour, 20 hours/week


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***

Sunday, February 22, 2015


Our Deaf Survivors Center Awarded a 2015 Grant 
from the Lenny Zakim Fund
Boston, MA, February 3, 2015.  Our Deaf Survivors Center, ODSC, is pleased to receive the Lenny Zakim award of $4,000 at Awards Ceremony at Revere Hotel in Boston.  This award will be used for the hotline services.  It's the second time ODSC received an award from the Lenny Zakim Fund. 
You can find more information in ODSC's website at odscunity.blogspot.com. The hotline number is 844-637-2723.  

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

         'SPREAD THE LOVE' 

To place an order, please complete the attached order form and email to Melissa Anderson, ODSC Board Member, at anderson.melissa.lee@gmail.com by January 31, 2015.

 Send a Valentine and support ODSC’s mission
to provide culturally affirmative services to
Deaf victims/survivors of sexual and domestic violence
through education, empowerment, and advocacy.
For just $10,
send a hand-made ODSC Valentine
to someone you love!

Pay online by clicking the “Donate” button at http://odscunity.blogspot.com/

Cards will be sent upon receipt of payment.

Did you already pay through PayPal? ____Yes   ___­_No

Card #
Recipient Name
Recipient Mailing Address
Select a Message

___ Happy Valentine’s Day!
___ Be Mine!
___ XOXO!
___ Thank you for your    

___ Happy Valentine’s Day!
___ Be Mine!
___ XOXO!
___ Thank you for your    

___ Happy Valentine’s Day!
___ Be Mine!
___ XOXO!
___ Thank you for your    

___ Happy Valentine’s Day!
___ Be Mine!
___ XOXO!
___ Thank you for your    

___ Happy Valentine’s Day!
___ Be Mine!
___ XOXO!
___ Thank you for your    

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

                              For a Safer Holiday Season

Are you or someone you know in a violent relationship and worried about increased violence during the holidays?

Our Deaf Survivors Center wants to remind everyone that for some people the holidays can be difficult, sometimes even dangerous, as there may be more incidents of domestic and sexual violence in relationships. Please post and share this information with anyone whose safety you're concerned about.

Our Deaf Survivors Center Hotline is here to help you!

Volunteer Advocates are fluent in ASL and available Monday evening to Saturday morning 5PM-9AM.


For some people, the holidays brings out more violence in relationships. You don't need to suffer alone. Call us to help make your holiday safer.

For more information, visit our website:  http://odscunity.blogspot.com

Our Deaf Survivors Center wishes everyone a very happy and healthy holiday season!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Our Deaf Survivors Center (ODSC)
has an exciting announcement!

We have been awarded $40,000 from the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) STOP Grant Program!

ODSC will use this money to:

          -   Hire a Cultural Broker, who will serve as a liaison between ODSC and existing domestic /sexual violence agencies, as well as a bridge between Deaf survivors and hearing domestic /sexual violence counselors.   
          -   Hire a Clinical Supervisor, who will be responsible for overseeing and coordinating direct services provided by the Cultural Broker.  
           - Fund interpreter and CART services.

We are thrilled about this opportunity to expand ODSC’s services! Please keep an eye out for job announcements in the next few weeks.

Also, please remember that the ODSC Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline is open! If you need after-hours support in ASL (5:00 PM overnight to 9:00AM, Monday night through Saturday morning), please call:



Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Our Deaf Survivors Center (ODSC) board members wanted to thank you very much  for coming to “Celebrate Success” event on October 17th.  Also we wanted to  thank others who couldn’t come and share the celebration with us, for their donations.

The event was beautiful and successful.  BJ Wood, Chair of FUNdraising of this event and her committee did an AWESOME job.  It had beautiful decorations, lovely purple lights, designs of tables with trimmings. Silent auction were all donated from the companies or individuals   Live auction was fun.  THANKS to BJ and her committee!!

ODSC also recognized three ladies who were at the event, Bonnie Kaplan, Alison Sones and Lisa Brinks.  They were 3 of 6 women who worked to set up ODSC about 15 years ago.  They received certificate of appreciations.  Words on certificate says:  "For being a Founder of the Our Deaf Sisters Center, thank you for all your dedication and hard work in the implementation of Our Deaf Survivors Center (formerly Our Deaf Sisters Center)."

As always, ODSC appreciates your support.  It is the community unity that makes ODSC growing and growing.  Thank you very much.

ODSC board members look forward to seeing you all again at the future events.

Friday, October 3, 2014

ODSC Fundraising Event

 Montvale Plaza
54 Montvale Avenue
Stoneham, MA

Write a check payable to "ODSC" and send to:
BJ Wood, Chair of "Celebrating Success"
8 Page Place,
Woburn, MA 01801
(postmarked by Friday, October 10th)

Go to PAYPAL on top left side of column in this website