If you feel in danger now, call 9-1-1
National Deaf Hotline: 1-855-812-1001
(available 24 hours/7 days - everyday)
During this coronavirus crisis, ODSC is still OPEN for victims/survivors/providers for help/support or need information!
Contact Cultural Broker first VP 978-451-7225, TEXT 978-473-2678
or EMAIL to CBodsc414@gmail.com
Office hours are Monday and Wednesday from 10 am - 3:30pm
Friday from 10 am - 3 pm
More information about COVID-19, click "COVID-19"
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Announcement from Samantha Kistner, Our Deaf Survivors Center Inc. - Cultural Broker, CB
Hello, I am here to discuss Our Deaf Survivors Center Inc's services during the coronavirus.
- ODSC is open. Reminder: the Cultural Broker only works 16 hours a week, typically available on Mondays, Wednesdays from 10 am - 3:30pm and Fridays from 10 AM-3 PM. After hours you can call the Deaf Hotline (VP)1-855-812-1001).
-Domestic Violence Agencies are open. Counseling appointments are continuing. Walk in services are suspended and you need to call first.
-Domestic Violence shelters are open. If you need a shelter, please call Safelink (Safelink 1-877-785-2020).
-Courts are closed. Cases are on hold. If you are wondering," Is my court closed?". You call your court clerk's office(What courthouse call? https://www.mass.gov/courthouse-locator )
-What happens if you need an emergency restraining order? Go to your police station, or call 911 and the police will come to help you.
-If possible, I can meet you at the police station and help advocate for you.
-It's important to remember the CDC recommendation of staying 6 feet away from each other and no hugging.
If you have any questions about domestic violence services or need general domestic violence support, please feel free to call me (Cultural Broker VP 978-451-7225 Text 978-473-2678).
Rebecca Szynkowski, ODSC's New Victim Advocate
ODSC President's Message
The board of Our Deaf Survivors Center, Inc. (ODSC) is thrilled to announce that ODSC has received a three (3) years grant of $450,000 from “Grant for Outreach and Services to Underserved Populations". With this grant, ODSC has begun searching for an executive director, we’ve hired a victim advocate, as well as increased current hours for Kristen Crossen, Clinical Supervisor and Samantha Kistner, Cultural Broker. Samantha will work on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. We welcome our newest hired staff, Rebecca Szynkowski, as our Victim Advocate, who recently started and will be working on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Here’s a short introduction to Rebecca. She was born and raised on the West coast and has moved around to 7 different states before landing here in Massachusetts. So let’s welcome her! She is thrilled to be living in our Patriot’s state! Her passion is to work with the Deaf community providing mental health and domestic violence services. Rebecca’s 3 plus years of experience began with her studies at Gallaudet University, where she majored in social work. Her goals are to promote working with victims/survivors of sexual and domestic violence by offering them a supportive, healing, and empowering journey that encourages their self-growth, as well as train the Deaf community on understanding domestic violence and how to be a supportive ally. Please join us in welcoming Rebecca to ODSC and to MASS!
ODSC will continue sending updates with more news about future actions/plans and hopefully that we’ve found and hired an executive director.
She will be working on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8am to 5pm.
She can be reached by VP at 508-534-8424 and email at email@example.com.
Please welcome Rebecca!!
VIRTUAL BOLA DRAWING
oCTOBER 24, 2021
(mORE INFORMATION SOON)
ODSC's 20th+ Anniversary GALA has been postponed to October 23, 2022
save THE date
odsc's 20+ anniversary gala
october 25, 2020
SAVE NEW DATE
OCTOBER 23, 2022
LOOK FOR MORE INFORMATION LATER!!
Cultural Broker - available to help if you are looking for information or support.
Education and Training - Provides intensive trainings and educate to agencies and Deaf community about sexual and domestic violence.
Our Deaf Survivors Center Inc (ODSC) will receive $450,000 from the federal government program OVW - Office on Violence Against Women. We will be able to hire staff to provide services to Deaf victims/survivors of sexual and domestic violence for the next 3 years!
ODSC is excited and thanks to the community for ongoing support!
Healthy Relationship Support Group for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
May 5, 2021
October 23, 2022
Interested to be Board Members? Come Join Us!
THE BOARD NEEDS FEW MORE MEMBERS TO JOIN THIS TEAM!!
IF YOU WANT TO CONTRIBUTE YOUR TIME FOR YOUR COMMUNITY, GOOD AND LEARNING EXPERIENCE!! THIS IS A FUN AND GOOD GROUP TO JOIN!!!
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED OR HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT SUE PHILIP AT SUEPHILIP@AOL.COM
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