October 21, 2018

Sunday Brunch Buffet Fundraiser

Worcester Senior Center

The Sunday Brunch Buffet Fundraiser was led by this wonderful Master of Ceremony, Arthur Moore!  There were about 87 people at this fundraiser.  The Keynote Speaker, Sara Dugas gave an insightful story about her journey being part of Our Deaf Survivors Center, Inc. (ODSC) and ended with her short yoga with the audience.  The room had beautiful fall decorations by our wonderful volunteers who have great talents in creative ideas. The brunch was delicious and prepared by students of Quinsigamond Community College with expert guide, Rachel Taylor. There was a silent auction with a lot of good things and wine raffles with surprise gift cards in each wine.  We had wonderful interpreters who had donated their time for communication access for everyone.  Thank you so much to all volunteers who have donated items for the silent auctions/wines/gift cards for this event. and thanks to some who donated tickets for others who can go to the brunch.  Everyone enjoyed and loved the idea of having a "brunch".  

October 6, 2018


Hedy & Heidi: The Lost Sister - Movie Fundraising Night in Worcester MA

There were about 60 people at the movie fundraising night at Worcester Senior Center. 

Everyone enjoyed the ASL movie and had FREE popcorn. 

September 29, 2018



The City of Worcester - Health and Human Services, The Center for Living and Working, Inc., Deaf and Hard of Hearing program and Our Deaf Survivors Center, Inc., sponsored this Public Safety Day for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community.  Staff from Center for Living & Working Deaf and Hard of Hearing program presented along with City of Worcester staff, the Worcester Fire Department, Worcester EMS, Worcester Police and 911 Operations for a Public Safety Day for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community. It was a successful day of education and fun.

September 12, 2018

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Night at Fenway Park

Wednesday, September 12, 2018



The game was so exciting and Red Sox had its 100th win in one season since 1946.  The Red Sox won 1 - 0.  There were 577 people attending to this game.  So much fun!! 


Pre-Game Social - ASL Social at Sam Adams Deck

Pre-Ceremony - Louis Rivas and Inger Riley (ODSC); Elaine Coughlin and Matthew Sweet (DEAF, Inc.); BJ Wood (Deaf Community Member)

Honorary Member - Dennis Cokely


Thank you to two wonderful Deaf members signing during the Canadian and American National Anthems!!

Canadian National Anthem - Christopher Hollins

American National Anthem - Marlene Blackstone

Also thanks to the wonderful interpreting team, Charley Thorn - Deaf Interpreter, Karen Melo - ASL interpreter and Beth Rubin - ASL interpreter!!

ODSC thanks to the Boston Red Sox, Gennifer Davidson, Beth Rubin, and ODSC/DEAF, Inc. planning team for this fun Deaf-accessibility event!!

Also thanks to YOU ALL who bought/donated tickets for this event to support both ODSC and DEAF, Inc.

August 2018


Our Deaf Survivors Center, Inc, (ODSC), is very excited to announce that Samantha Kistner has joined us as our new Cultural Broker (CB), starting on August 6th.  She will be working closely with Kim Grebert, who has been our Interim Cultural Broker since last summer.  They will work with Deaf, Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind victims/survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence to make sure their needs are met in receiving the appropriate services.  They will continue to provide training as needed, to hearing agencies/shelters.


You can contact Samantha at CBodsc414@gmail.com or call her at 978-451-7225 VP if you have any concerns or questions. 

Welcome Samantha!!

ODSC wants to thank Kim for taking over the CB role for the past year and we are happy that she returns to her former role as Clinical Supervisor.

ODSC continues to seek additional funding to expand hours to meet the needs of Deaf survivors. 

Thank you for your community support!

Sue Philip, President
Our Deaf Survivors Center, Inc.   


Samantha Kistner

February 26th      March 26th      April 20th      May 21st      June 25th      July 30th


                  Healthy Relationship Monthly Support Group


                           YWCA of Central Massachusetts is collaborating with

                                        Center for Living & Working, Inc. (CLW) and Our Deaf Survivors

                                        Center, Inc. (ODSC) to have monthly “Healthy Relationship”

                                        support group for Deaf and Hard of Hearing community.


                                        ASL Interpreter was    provided.