Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Center for Hearing & Speech Receives TORCH Award from Better Business Bureau

The Center for Hearing & Speech has received a TORCH Award from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) that serves consumers in Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois.  It is the first time the Center has received the award.

“Everyone working at the Center is mission-focused,” said the Center’s Executive Director Rita Tintera. “Our drive is to improve life quality and when we see the difference we make, it fuels our passion to help even more individuals.” 

“That the BBB has presented this award to the Center is fantastic,” said Jeff Tarr, the Center’s director of development.  “Receiving this award signifies to the community that we conduct our operations as ethically as possible.  Those who come to us know that we’ll take care of their individual needs with the utmost concern. We’re here to help people who need our services, and we’ll do it right with their best interests in mind.”

TORCH awards are given to businesses and charities that “demonstrate a commitment to customer service through exceptional standards for ethical business practices,” said the BBB in a press release.   A committee of previous winners chooses current recipients. TORCH Awards have been given to area businesses and charities since 1976, and the number of winners selected varies year to year, said BBB Vice President-Communications Chris Thetford.

This year 10 businesses and two charities will be honored for their commitments to the communities they serve at a noon luncheon on Tuesday, October 14 at the Chase Park Plaza.

Tintera, Tarr, Shaun Nordgaarden, member of the Center’s board of directors, and Michael Arendes, treasurer of the Center’s board of directors, will accept the award on behalf of the agency.

Founded in 1920, the Center for Hearing & Speech is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that last year provided approximately $1.7 million in audiology, speech therapy and school screening services to residents in the greater metropolitan St. Louis area and surrounding communities.  Since its inception, its goal is to provide quality of life to children and adults with hearing and speech deficits, regardless of one’s ability to pay.

The Center is a proud member of the United Way, and receives a major portion of its funding from the agency.

For more information about the Center, call 314-968-4710 or log on to www.hearing-speechstlouis.org.

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