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					PRESS RELEASE                                                       Contact: Deb Atwood
                                                                     616-732-7358 (v, tty)

December 30, 2008

                                     Happy New Year!

We have much to be thankful for as 2008 draws to a close and much to anticipate as we
look forward to 2009. Despite an economy that got tougher as each month passed, posing
unprecedented challenges for businesses and non-profits, Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Services has remained stable with its programs and serving the community in a way that
is cost effective and increases the number of people that walk through our doors.

In 2008, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services assisted between 2,500 – 3,000 people
through advocacy, interpreter referral, sign language classes, job development/placement,
mental health, senior citizen program, and hard of hearing services. It has taken time and
patience to grow to this level. We have qualified, attentive staff that caters to all types of
needs in the deaf and hard of hearing community. For more specific information about
each service, visit our web site at or contact us.

Before I share new announcements for 2009, I would like to recognize key individuals
that continue to keep the agency doors open because they share the belief in our mission
for quality service: the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Board, staff, interpreters,
community volunteers, and organizations such as (but are not limited to) AARP, Area
Agency on Aging of Western Michigan, Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing,
Gerontology Network, Grand Rapids Community Foundation, Grand Valley State
University, Harris Communications, Hearing Loss Association, Lions Club, Michigan
Rehabilitation Services, Network 180, Northview High School, Quota Club, Sorenson
Communications, United Way, Western Michigan Registry Interpreters for the Deaf, and
many more.

                                  2009 Announcements:

   -   An Open House will be held at Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services’ NEW
       location in March 2009. We purchased a 3,500 sq ft building in November 2008
       and have already settled in by December 23 (for the most part). Our new address
       is 4328 Kalamazoo SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508. If you need to mail anything to
       us, please direct it to our P.O. Box address at the bottom of the letterhead. I will
       send out all the details about the Open House shortly and hope you will be able to
       join us. This is the first time the deaf community here has a permanent place to
       call their own.

   -   DHHS has launched a capital campaign! We signed a two-year land contract and
       have an ongoing campaign from now to fall 2010 to raise $100,000. All proceeds
       go towards the building purchase. Please call us for more details about our media
       kit and/or if you want to make a contribution. We will recognize your name or
       organization through our publications, web site, and on a plaque in the building.
       We have a wish list on our web site if you want to donate any items.

   -   ASL I - IV starts between January 12 – 14, 2009 at Crossroads Middle School and
       Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services. Classes last 10 weeks with an additional 2
       weeks for one-on-one tutoring upon request which is beneficial and has never
       been done before. We also have a new class called Conversational ASL for
       anyone who wants to become more skilled in conversing with deaf and hard of
       hearing people or those who want to keep up with their sign language skills after
       ASL IV is complete. Call 616-732-7358 for more information or register through
       our web site.

   -   Peter Cook will perform on March 20 from 6 – 9 p.m. at Pine Rest and give an
       interpreter workshop on March 21 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Deaf and Hard of
       Hearing Services. Combo and individual tickets will go on sale soon!! You may
       reserve tickets ahead of time to ensure your spot before they get sold out. We will
       have sponsored booths if you want to set one up. All proceeds go to Deaf and
       Hard of Hearing Services. Be on the lookout for more details about booths and
       ticket purchases for the Peter Cook performance!

   -   Our annual Sign-A-Thon will be held in April and the Silent Celebration in June.

Please drop in at our new building, located at 4328 Kalamazoo St SE, Grand Rapids, MI
49508. We would love to see you and be of assistance!

Warm regards from our staff to you for a blessed 2009!

Katie Prins
Executive Director

  P.O. Box 8812 Kentwood, Michigan 49518-8812
              (616) 732-7358 V, TTY, VP (616) 732-7365 Fax

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