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.
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.