NJ Deaf Housing is very happy to announce three new Board members to continue our
reorganization to better serve the NJ Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing and Late Deafened
Katherine Gabry is the Board President of the DeafBlind Community Access Network of New
Jersey, Inc. She has been active in the DeafBlind community for many years, and many know of
her through her son Jon, a very talented DeafBlind artist. Kathy will serve NJ Deaf Housing as
an editor and grant writer, and also will serve as a public relations liaison to the hearing
GinaMaria Correira is a young Deaf woman who has a background in Social Work and has a
Masters degree in Counseling Psychology. GinaMaria now works for the Archdiocese of Newark
to serve the Deaf community. Gina will extend her wonderful service on the Board of NJ Deaf
Kevin Munn is President of the Diverse Deaf Club of New Jersey and the DeafBlind League of
NJ. Kevin will be the Vice President and also PR Outreach coordinator for NJ Deaf Housing.
Kevin will also be an important contact with NJ Deaf Clubs and the DeafBlind Community in
NJ. Kevin’s wife, Agatha, is DeafBlind and member-at-large of DBLNJ and student of Helen
Keller National Center. She was former President of DBLNJ for four years.
Please join us in our delight in having these three new Board members to help us reach our goal
of building housing in NJ for the Deaf, DeafBlind, Hard of Hearing and Late Deafened
communities. You may see their photos on our website.
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Message from our new NJDSH President Kathy Kady-Hopkins
NJDSH announces a new President, Kathy Kady-Hopkins. Kathy expresses her sorrow on the loss of Lila Taylor who was President of NJDSH since 2013. Kathy has promised to continue Lila’s goal of developing specialized housing in NJ for the Deaf, Deaf Blind, and Hard of Hearing communities.
Kathy has been Vice President of NJDSH since 2015 and runs a very successful company, ASL IRS, that provides interpreters throughout NJ and is well know by the Deaf community. She is also active in many charities and has played an active role in the Fashion Show and Gift Basket Auction, NJDSH’s largest fundraiser.
NJDSH is happy to share this announcement with the Deaf, Deaf Blind and Hard of Hearing communities and pleased that the work towards Lila’s goal of NJ Deaf Housing will be continued by the Board with the leadership of our new President, Kathy Kady-Hopkins.
NJDSH is proud to be sponsoring this NJAD event – Join us on March 3 at Clark Public Library at noon and learn how to be a Deaf advocate in keeping Deaf senior citizens safe from violence! Please RSVP by March 1 for the workshop at NJADOrganization@gmail.com. (See the flyer for more information in the comment below.)
See the video at NJAD’s Facebook
We’re glad that you’ve come here for a visit. Please grab a mug of your favorite beverage and then sit down to learn what we’re all about.
We have a goal and we’re aiming to make it comes true. The goal is to establish an adult housing facility, built primarily for those who are among these diverse groups:
- Hard of Hearing
The primary purpose of this facility is to provide housing that is equal in quality and accommodations to that provided to the general public, with the additional of specialized communication access. This comfortable adult housing facility is specifically designed to meet the cultural and communicational needs of these groups.
A supportive environment will be established at this new housing facility to encourage personal dignity and independence and to eliminate isolation and loneliness. In addition, it will be a friendly environment where the staff and service providers also communicate in American Sign Language.
Assistance will be provided to the residents to learn to use the newly developed assistive listening and electronic communication equipment. Various recreational activities, lectures, events, classes, and social and spiritual opportunities will be available for all residents. American Sign Language classes will be offered.
It will be free of physical and communicational barriers. Flashing light alarms, doorbells and videophones will be located in each unit and throughout the facility. Ceiling loops will be provided for direct signaling to hearing aids. Contrasting colors in carpets and on walls for residents with low vision to navigate safely.
For this goal to come true, our non-profit organization called New Jersey Deaf Senior Housing was formed in 2006. It became incorporated in 2013. To see who’s on this committee, please click on “Committee” in the menu above to see their names and photos.
Cardinal Capital Management, Inc. (CCM) is our development partner. They are putting together funding, working with a Deaf Architect to design this new housing project, and then they will hire Deaf management for the building. We anticipate this will cost CCM $20 million to buy property, design, and build.
Our financial goal is to provide social services, furnishings and assistive devices for this new housing facility. Various fundraising events, charitable sponsors and generous donors are enabling us to accomplish this mission. Of course, you’re more than welcome to join one or more of these fundraising events. We would love to see you there! To see our fundraising events, please click “Events” on the menu above.
If you would like to make a donation, please click “Donate” on the menu above. It will be truly appreciated.
Please feel free to visit our website again whenever you wish to check on our progress and our upcoming meetings and new fundraising events!
NJDSH now has a Facebook Page! Check this out ~ NJDSH Facebook Page. Be sure to click “Like” on this!
New Jersey Deaf Senior Housing, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.