Community Outreach Request for Interpreters

Wanted: Qualified Interpreters who are willing and able to donate some time to a good cause. Please see the email below my signature, and the attached flier about two Hurricane Recovery events that have been specifically planned to reach out to Deaf and hard of hearing individuals. The two events are scheduled for Friday afternoons & evenings and Saturdays, March 19 – 20 (at Woodhaven Baptist Deaf Church in Houston) and March 26-27 (at the Baytown Community Center).

The agencies sponsoring this event have arranged for several certified interpreters to be present, but no one is sure how great the need will be for interpreters on the days of these events. There will be an exhibit area with vendors and exhibitors where they would like to have plenty of qualified interpreters assisting with communication and providing a welcoming environment to individuals that arrive at the event.

If you are willing and able to donate some time interpreting at either of the events listed on the attached flier, your assistance will be greatly appreciated. If you plan to attend, or would like more information, please contact Yesenia Castillo, Outreach Coordinator of Neighborhood Centers, Inc. at ycastillo@neighborhood-centers.org, 713-491-6154 X 340 or 713-806-9647.

Neighborhood Centers will gladly acknowledge your “in kind donation” of your time and services with a letter verifying the hours of your participation.

Jane Larson, M.S., L.P.C.
Counselor
East Harris County Cooperative for Deaf Education
3930 Decker Drive
Baytown, Texas 77520
281-420-4370 X 2265
FAX: 281-420-4367

Neighborhood Centers Inc.’s Stay Connected Texas program will host two Ike Recovery Fairs for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired community (see attachment). If you still have ongoing needs caused by Hurricane Ike and live in Harris County, Neighborhood Centers Inc. may be able to assist you. NCI’s program provides disaster case management which helps families and individuals develop a plan for recovery and achieve pre-disaster levels of stability.

Ongoing needs for which assistance may be available include:
* Home Repair (roof, siding, sheetrock, etc.)
* Mental health assistance (counseling, support groups)
* Furniture (bed, sofa, lamps, dining room set)
* Appliances (stove, refrigerator, washer/dryer)
* Job related expenses (Job loss, training, tools, etc.)
* Disconnect utilities notices

*If you have any of the needs listed above, we may be able to assist you.

Also, exhibitors/vendors scheduled to be present at the event include:
* Deaf Link
* DARS
* WIC
* Emergency Management
* Mental Health Mental Retardation Authority of Harris (Houston, TX) County (MHMRA)

Attendees will be able to fill out all initial Neighborhood Centers Inc. paperwork and register for services on the day of the event.

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