Thursday, December 4, 2014

Center's Annual Fall Appeal is Now Underway

The Center for Hearing & Speech annual Fall Appeal began in November and runs through the end of the year. 
  
The multi-colored brochure, mailed to past, present and potential Center supporters, features five clients’ stories and how Center services have enhanced their abilities to communicate.

It also underscores the fact that communication disorders are the nation’s No. 1 disability. Although most are highly treatable, the steep costs of hearing aids and speech therapy prohibit many individuals from seeking help.
    
Katherine has been wearing hearing aids for 15 years. She calls them her diamonds because they are ‘her best friends.’

Alexander’s health complications and seizures caused him to slur his words. He’s been in speech therapy for the past year to better prepare him for the challenges of kindergarten. Family and friends say he is now much more easily understood when he speaks.

Anthony is a junior class vice president and maintains a 4.2 GPA. A premature baby, he lost his hearing due to antibiotics that kept him alive. The hearing aids he received at the Center have helped him achieve high academic goals and provide motivation for him to help others.
     
“The Center conducts annual appeals in both fall and summer in efforts to raise funds to bring much needed hearing aids and related services or speech/language therapy to those in need in the St. Louis area,” said Jeff Tarr, the Center’s development director.

“Many communication disorders are highly treatable. Our appeals help to ensure these local residents to maintain their freedom and independence and to help build confidence to break invisible barriers that can lead to isolation, anxiety and depression.” 
   
Donations can either be mailed to the Center at 9835 Manchester Road, St. Louis, MO 63119-1243, or made online at the Center’s website, www.hearing-speechstlouis.org.

The Center for Hearing & Speech was founded in 1920. It is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that last year contributed $1.75 million in speech therapy, audiology and school screening services to residents of metropolitan St. Louis and surrounding communities.

It is a proud member of the United Way and a 2014 recipient of the Better Business Bureau’s TORCH award. The awards are given to businesses and charities that “demonstrate a commitment to customer service through exceptional standards for ethical business practices.” 

For more information, please call the Center at 314-968-4170.

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