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December 11, 2009

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December 11, 2009

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.

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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

December 10, 2009

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December 10, 2009

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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