During this coronavirus crisis, ODSC is still OPEN for victims/survivors for help/support or need information!
Contact Cultural Broker first VP 978-451-7225, TEXT 978-473-2678
or EMAIL to
Office hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 10 am - 2 pm
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Hello I’m Terry Malcolm, T (tapping on chin) ODSC Board member.
ODSC Board and staff hope you all are well from Coronavirus. It’s getting worse but hope you all are ok.
ODSC has 2 vlogs, one in this vlog and other, is coming soon.
You know that there are many posts about Coronavirus. ODSC has its own website, odscunity.org. There are several links/information about Coronavirus. Also posted in FB - Our Deaf Survivors Center
What is the most important to do?
-Wash your hands with soap real well for 20 seconds or more.
-Don’t touch your face, if you touch, then touch others, the virus will spread out.
-Use hand sanitizer, if there’s no water and soap near you, can use hand sanitizer
-You can’t be closer to other person, have to stand within 6 feet apart to sign/talk, you can’t hug, touch, handshake or high five. When you both are done signing/talking , then leave .
-Best is to stay home is because now the virus is spreading, so when everyone stays home then the spread will get less.
Our ODSC’s Cultural Broker, CB, her name is Samantha, she works on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am to 2pm. You can contact her through VP 978-451-7225, text 978-473-2678 or email to talk. She will call you back.
If emergency, please call 9-1-1
On April 3rd, there was supposed to have a Healthy Relationship for Deaf and Hard of Hearing, it is cancelled.
Hope you all stay well and take care.
CORRECTION - Healthy Relationship for Deaf and Hard of Hearing was scheduled on April 1st - not April 3rd - so it’s cancelled.
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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 and Fridays between 10 AM-2 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
Courts are closed. Cases are on hold. If you are wondering," Is my court closed?". You call your court clerk's office (What courthouse do I 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).
Information about Coronavirus in ASL
- Shortness of Breathing
What to do?
Call your doctor first then the doctor will tell you what to do.
How to Prevent Coronavirus
- Wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds
- Avoid touch your face
- Avoid to be close to people who are sick
- Cover with tissue for cough/sneeze, throw it away
- Stay home if you are sick
- Clean/disinfect your home/office with household cleaning spray or wipes
IMPORTANT LINKS FOR INFORMATION ABOUT CORONAVIRUS
Click this link below to see an interview with a Deaf Doctor, Dr. McKee about Coronavirus
For Massachusetts residents
For Deaf/DeafBlind survivors and Deaf community members
IF you are in DANGER NOW - CALL 9 1 1
Deaf Hotline (VP) 1-855-812-1001
If you need a shelter, please call Safelink(Safelink 1-877-785-2020)
STAY HEALTHY and BE SAFE
CALL 9-1-1 NOW if you are in danger
National Deaf Hotline
Call anytime 24 hours/7 days
ODSC’s Cultural Broker continues to provide services during the business hours, and can be contacted by:
HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP SUPPORT GROUPS
for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
April 1st - "Boundaries"- CANCELLED!!
Our Deaf Survivors Center, Inc. (ODSC), YWCA of Worcester, and the Center for Living and Working Inc. (CLW) have collaborated successfully to have Healthy Relationship group once a month at the YWCA in Worcester. We are excited that we will have this Healthy Relationship group again starting on January 8th at 1pm in Worcester Senior Center on 128 Providence St., Worcester, MA. Please see flyer below with monthly dates, from January to June. If you need information or if you plan to go, please RSVP to Denise Paro, or 508-556-1600 VP.
ODSC Welcomes Kristen Crossen
Our Deaf Survivors Center, Inc (ODSC) board members is thrilled to announce our new clinical supervisor, Kristen Crossen, who started her employment a few weeks ago.
At this time, we would also like to recognize Kim Grebert for the time and dedication she has invested in the organization over the last five years as Clinical Supervisor for ODSC. Kim truly went above and beyond her role. We are grateful for her ideas, her development of the Volunteer Advocate training, her work on the hotline with Joan, her assistance with policies/procedures and involvement with the board, and the list goes on!! Our sincere thanks for your longtime commitment to the organization. You will always have a place in our hearts at ODSC, Kim!
Now, let us formally introduce Kristen Crossen!
Kristen is Deaf, and she is a licensed clinical social work in Massachusetts. She received her undergraduate degree in Social Work from R.I.T. and then her Master's degree in Social Work from Gallaudet University. She comes to ODSC with over 10 years experience in the field, providing therapy and assessments in mental health settings.
Kristen has worked at the Walden School, a residential therapeutic school for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing on The Learning Center campus, as well as BJC Behavioral Health in St. Louis, Missouri.
Kristen believes firmly in personal empowerment, which increases self-esteem & self-growth, which is exactly what ODSC is all about!!
Welcome aboard, Kristen!
ODSC Clinical Supervisor
THANK YOU, HOLY CROSS CBL STUDENTS
from ODSC President, Sue Philip
Our Deaf Survivors Center , Inc (ODSC) had 2 students from Holy Cross under Community Based Learning (CBL) program working with me doing any kind of project for either 10 or 20 hours.That included their opportunity to use ASL in their conversation and then with the project.
ODSC had Monica Nakhla of North Attleboro, a sophomore, is studying biology and Deaf Studies and Alexandra Beaudion of Worcester, a sophomore, is studying psychology and Deaf Studies. Both met with me for 20 hours and worked together at Holy Cross campus.
It definitely was a benefit for all of us together and also saw their confidence growing more ease and comfortable using ASL. They also definitely worked on projects that was a big help to ODSC which was overdue and made that to happen --now the rest is for ODSC to use and how they are helpful for them.
ODSC is very much thanking these students for their time and certainly hope to see them one day at Deaf community events.
ODSC is wishing them to a successful academic years!
THANK YOU Monica and Alexandra!
save the date
odsc's 20+ anniversary gala
october 25, 2020
more information soon!
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.
April 1, 2020
ODSC's 20th+ GALA
October 25, 2020
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
Every contribution counts and is deeply appreciated!
Please help us improve and expand the services we provide with a donation of any size.
Please send you tax deductable donation to:
Our Deaf Survivors Center, Inc.
P.O. Box 2276
Worcester, MA 01613-2276
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* electric pencil sharpener
* better qualified shredder
* pocket juice
* computer accessories
* wall bulletin board
* wall bulletin board with easel board (half each side)
* passport for computer
* Master visual doorbell with one receiver
* office vacuum