ABUSED DEAF WOMENS ADVOCACY SERVICES

Rating: 5 stars   10 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing, Human Services, Crime & Law

Location: 8623 Roosevelt Way Ne Seattle WA 98115 USA

Mission: Founded in 1986, the mission of ADWAS is to:- Address the needs of Deaf and Deaf-Blind victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.- Ensure that all the services victims need are fully accessible to them.- Provide professional, community education training, and consultation on Deaf culture, Deaf and Deaf-Blind victims'' needs, and domestic violence and sexual assault to professionals, hearing adults, lay people, children, youth, and members of the Deaf and Deaf-Blind communities.
Programs: Direct Service ProgramEducation/Training Program

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The work that the people of ADWAS do is an incredible contribution to both the deaf and hearing communities. The staff is well trained in assisting deaf, deaf-blind, and hard of hearing women (and men) through times of crisis and in finding hope. The services provided there benefit people around the country and internationally. ADWAS is also a model for other domestic violence/sexual assault advocacy agencies and shelters as they strive to meet the needs of such an underserved population. Keep it up, ADWAS!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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6 people found this review helpful

I have learned of ADWAS in 1996 when the Executive Director came to NAD Youth Leadership Camp to present about their services, and I was impressed by how much they've done with limited funds and resources. After I moved to Seattle in 2003, I had gotten myself involved as a board member (briefly) as well as a donor and as an associate board member. What continues to amaze me is the PASSION by the board, staff and most especially the community. It was the community that truly believed in ADWAS mission, integrity and trust that they invested their energy in raising funds for a new building / home of its own. And ADWAS is often looked upon as a role model across the nation as with replicating its programs and services. ADWAS and its sister organizations are unique in its own regard for the specialized service that is often absent in the deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind communities, including breaking through barriers and building relationships.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

how it had continued to grow and provide services, including the commitment to build its own "home."

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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7 people found this review helpful

These folks are doing really great work. The staff are wonderful, and easy to get help from. There services are in great need, and I wish they could afford to expand and do even more good.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their capital campaign.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006-6-01

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6 people found this review helpful

As a woman in the Deaf community, I'd always heard wonderful things of ADWAS - one of the very few high quality Deaf agencies run by and for the Deaf, with an outstanding staff and board, and a reputation for being very well run. When I moved to Seattle, I immediately sought out the agency to see how I could participate. I joined the Board, and have been Board Chair for the last 5 years. We built the nation's first housing for Deaf and Deaf Blind women and children, and we've been a model for success in the Deaf community by partnering within and without the community. We've collaborated with federal and state agencies, other community organizations, law enforcement agencies, and many other entities to educate them about the language and cultural needs of the Deaf women we serve. This is an unique agency serving a community extremely well.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

learning how to run a successful non profit agency from the founder, Marilyn Smith.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with Deaf peers to serve our community, in partnership with our hearing colleagues.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

warm, open and dedicated to their work.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

support so many more Deaf communities in other cities in creating their own agencies.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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6 people found this review helpful

When I moved to Seattle in 1992 I was thrilled to learn about this one-of-a-kind non-profit; an organization by and for Deaf women and children intended to help them live violence-free lives. As a Sign Language interpreter, I've seen the compounding impact of lack of access to services for Deaf and Deaf-Blind people who are trying to leave violent relationships - ADWAS is breaking down those barriers. I met women, children and men who were taking back their own lives, and doing it because they were learning from people who shared THEIR language and THEIR culture. Imagine what it's like to be a victim of physical or sexual or violence, but before you can receive help you must first educate the service provider about your "disability"! I began as a volunteer with the organization in 1993 and was honored to be asked to join the staff as a part-time interpreter when ADWAS began its capital campaign. They successfully raised enough money to construct a beautiful transitional housing and office building. My husband and I were proud to contribute financially - we knew that the housing and support services would not only help local Deaf and Deaf-Blind people, but would also become a beacon of hope for many other victims like them around the country. Not only does ADWAS share it's vision and train other Deaf communities in the ground-breaking work they do, they have now become a gold standard for anti-violence work for all agencies, period.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing it grow from a tiny staff in cramped quarters, only able to serve clients who walked in their doors...to a full-service agency, with 24-hour help available, and HOUSING for women and children who otherwise would be homeless.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I love ADWAS! I cannot possibly put into words how great the agency & it's staff are. From the executive director to the many volunteers, there is passion, energy & excitement in the services they provide. I've had opportunity to interact with ADWAS in a variety of roles. My first exposure was about 15+ years ago when asked to join their board. From that point on I've been a supporter of ADWAS as volunteer, donor, community participant. Having this agency: service providers who are Deaf, providing direct services to others who are Deaf is powerful!!! Their impact on lessening violence in our world, one woman, one child, one family at a time is incredible!!!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I have so enjoyed seeing this agency grow and it's influence spread throughout our country by being a model for other cities, providing direct access to services for people who are Deaf, Deaf-Blind etc.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I have met the most stellar staff & volunteers. People I've met are committed to making a difference in our world & not afraid of rolling up their sleeves and working hard to accomplish it!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

It could expand services here in Washington State and around the U.S. There is a constant need for transitional and safe housing for women & children.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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9 people found this review helpful

I am incredibly impressed with the founder, staff and facilities of ADWAS. The people who founded this agency and breathed life into it did it with vision and foresight. Also, with alot of chutzpah -- taking on a huge challenge to raise money and build a beautiful building. The people served are so lucky to have the housing and support ADWAS offers. The TTY line is like no other! I have watched ADWAS for many years and have helped financially when I could, but mostly I've just been interested and a cheerleader from the sidelines.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their caring and follow-up with funding sources and their fabulous fundraising efforts.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Build a larger facility and have them in every major city in the world.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their appreciation for anything a person does to help.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

exceptional!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Ask Marilyn -- she'll know!

Ways to make it better...

No ideas.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Probably money

One thing I'd also say is that...

Marilyn is amazing!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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9 people found this review helpful

I started working with the staff of ADWAS in a professional capacity in 2006 when they were developing and building their new transitional housing program. I was impressed with their ability to quickly and efficiently get their program going within the strict government and funding guidelines, as well as following all of the local landlord/tenant laws and Section 8 requirements. There are a lot of details to manage, and the ADWAS staff jumped right in to learn and put into practice what they needed to do. On top of all of the requirements was a true passion for serving women and children in the Deaf community who had been abused. Their services are offered in a culturally appropriate environment, taking into consideration the specific needs and requirements of people who are Deaf. They work to empower their clients while helping them improve their lives.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

ADWAS is consistently moving forward and looking ahead to what they can do to best meet the needs of their clients. They are well managed administratively as well as from a services standpoint.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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3 people found this review helpful

My involvement with ADWAS began when I was asked to serve as their fundraising counsel to help ADWAS build the first transitional housing and support for Deaf and Deaf Blind victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. I have continued my involvement as a supporter of the organization. As a hearing person, I am so honored to have the opportunity to learn about Deaf culture. The ADWAS team always goes out of their way at events and meetings to make their hearing guests feel welcome. This is true even when interpreters are expensive for the organization to hire.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the lives of Deaf women and children change for the better. For the first time in history, they have a home of their own and in their own ASL language.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

add more resources for interpreters and add more resources for their daily work with clients and with staff.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how warm and welcoming their staff and volunteers are to guests. By becoming involved with the Deaf community at events and meetings, I've learned to slow down a bit and truly enjoy being present. Their events are longer because ASL is a visual language.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

always glad to see you. There's a lot to be done, especially when it comes to connecting to the hearing world. That's expensive because it requires interpreters. So we always get right to work and use our time and connections wisely.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach more Deaf and Deaf Blind women and children with culturally appropriate services. ADWAS focuses on the Washington state area, but also has replicas in some 45 cities across the U.S. A $10 million investment would be well spent, that's for sure.

Ways to make it better...

all of us in the hearing world understood the importance of ASL interpreters at community events, civic meetings, small receptions, etc.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

finding more financial resources and making more friends with connections in the hearing world.

One thing I'd also say is that...

this is an exceptional organization. In the hearing world, we take so much for granted. I see my friends in the Deaf community bring every talent and resource that they have to the table to help themselves and others. Every life has value and meaning.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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3 people found this review helpful

I have volunteered with this organization since its inception in 1986. I have over 41 years of work in the non-profit sector and this organization is one of the best I have ever experienced. Their priority is the people they serve; their service model has been replicated in 47 cities in the United States; the staff are paid well and provided fabulous support; and they manage the organization and provide services from a feminist point of view.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping them raise $8.6M to build the first accessible transitional housing for Deaf and Deaf-Blind domestic violence survivors in the world.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

How they treat the people they serve, their politics, how they value donors and volunteers, and their willingness to share their experiences and talents with other organizations.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Diverse, highly skilled, and with big hearts.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Oh my God...it could replicate its model in other Deaf communities around the U.S. and Deaf communities in other countries. They could establish an endowment so that the fluctuation in government support doesn't affect their service levels.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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