Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Online Donations Welcomed On Center's Website


The Center’s Fall Appeal donation drive envelopes are currently "falling like snowflakes" into mailboxes all over the St. Louis Metro Area. If you would like to give the gift of hearing and speech to a child or adult this holiday season, and would like to make an online donation, please click the link below to go to our PayPal page to help someone "Join the Conversation."


 

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Come Caroling Today at 2pm With Young Friends!













Young Friends is joining the St. Louis Christmas Carols Association today in a holiday caroling drive to raise funds for the Center and spread holiday cheer! Join us at 2pm,  in the Boulevard Shopping Center near Crate& Barrel, at the intersection of Brentwood Boulevard and Galleria Parkway in Richmond Heights.
 

For more information about joining Young Friends or to RSVP for this event, contact Julia Grunloh at youngfriends.chs@gmail.com.   

 
The Young Friends of the Center for Hearing & Speech is a group of professionals who build awareness for the Center, an organization that delivers high quality speech therapy and audiology services to everyone, regardless of an individual's ability to pay. It's a big job, and that's why this group is here to help. Through community involvement, social events and public education, the Young Friends work to support the mission of the Center while uniting talented, charitable and hard-working young professionals around a critical mission: Empowering individuals in the St. Louis community to join the conversation through high quality speech therapy and audiology care. 

 
The Center for Hearing& Speech is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that donates $1.75 million in speech/language, school screening and audiology services every year to residents of metropolitan St. Louis and surrounding communities.  It is a proud member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis and the Better Business Bureau.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

The Gingerbread House Goes Away in 15 Days! Book Your Weekday Breakfast Now!




There’s only 15 days left to enjoy The Gingerbread Experience! All December weekend meal timeslots are now full, but there are still WEEKDAY BREAKFAST mealtimes available for your family at this very popular holiday event! This unique holiday attraction-- sponsored by Center radio partner KLOU 103.3FM-- ends soon on Dec 25! Don’t miss the fun at the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles and the River City Casino in Lemay!

Just imagine dining with your family and friends inside a real life-size Gingerbread House! Weekday breakfast meal timeslots are available from 7am to 10am. Don't forget to also purchase some yummy Holiday Cookies at Falcon Bakery.

Every year, 100% of your $25 Gingerbread Experience meal reservation goes to the Center to help us fund hearing, speech/language and school screening programs throughout the new year. Create a memorable holiday tradition while supporting a local charity!

Call 636-940-4454 now to get your table!  For more information, including menu and seating size, please click the link below:
http://www.ameristar.com/s…/the-gingerbread-house-experience

The Center for Hearing & Speech is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that donates $1.75 million in speech/language and audiology services each year to residents of metropolitan St. Louis. CHS improves the quality of life for individuals with hearing and speech disorders by providing caring and high quality services, regardless of one’s ability to pay. The Center continually strives to address a greater portion of the unmet need relating to speech and audiology in the St. Louis region. It is a proud member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis and the Better Business Bureau. 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Center Welcomes Three New Board Members in 2016



Dale Dendtler














David Penn










Leslie Rieder
The Center welcomed three new members to its board of directors in 2016. New Board members Dale Dendtler, a community volunteer; David Penn of Monsanto; and Leslie Rieder, a Washington University MBA student, were installed on the board in December.

Dendtler is a retired executive from the former Boatmen’s Trust Company here in St. Louis. Dale believes that the Center exists to provide critical services to local residents. “I personally believe that it is very important that an individual affected by these disabilities deserves a solid service to help them achieve an opportunity to be productive,” Dale says. “It’s clear that the Center has made great progress over the years helping people to overcome their communication disorders. It is an honor to serve on the Center’s board.”

Penn is Manufacturing Director of Cotton and Specialty Crops at Monsanto Company, employed with them since 1997. David has been very involved with charitable organizations in communities where he has formerly lived. He sees the Center as a helpful service provider in the greater St. Louis area, with a caring spirit for people who need help with their communication disorders. “I want to give back to the community,” David says. “I want to be part of an organization that helps others in need, helping those who can’t always help themselves.”

Rieder, a candidate for Master of Business Administration at Washington University Olin School of Business, was welcomed as a Board Fellow. In her new volunteer role, Rieder will work with both the board and Center staff to create a working Fund Development Committee that will help assure the fiscal health of the Center. She will also help the Center to develop both 2016 and 2017 work plans for its Fund, Strategic and Board Development committees. Rieder holds a Master of Education degree from University of St. Thomas in Houston, Tex. She also earned Bachelor’s degrees in both Business Administration and Journalism from the University of Missouri – Columbia. In Houston, she worked as an English pre-school teacher for Teach for America and as a ninth-grade English teacher for KIPP Schools.

Founded in 1920 in St. Louis, the Center for Hearing & Speech is a 501(c) 3, non-profit organization and a proud member of the United Way, which provides major funding.  The Center’s primary goal is to identify, treat and help St. Louisans with communications disorders by offering speech/language and audiology services to children and adults, regardless of whether they have insurance and/or financial resources to afford such care.  For additional information call 314-968-4710, visit www.hearing-speechstlouis.org or “like” the Center on Facebook.

Young Friends Go Caroling for a Cause Dec. 12




 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Young Friends is joining the St. Louis Christmas Carols Association in a holiday caroling drive to raise funds for the Center and spread holiday cheer! Join us on Saturday, December  12 at 2pm,  in the Boulevard Shopping Center near Crate& Barrel, at the intersection of Brentwood Boulevard and Galleria Parkway in Richmond Heights.
 

For more information about joining Young Friends or to RSVP for this event, contact Julia Grunloh at youngfriends.chs@gmail.com.   

 
The Young Friends of the Center for Hearing & Speech is a group of professionals who build awareness for the Center, an organization that delivers high quality speech therapy and audiology services to everyone, regardless of an individual's ability to pay. It's a big job, and that's why this group is here to help. Through community involvement, social events and public education, the Young Friends work to support the mission of the Center while uniting talented, charitable and hard-working young professionals around a critical mission: Empowering individuals in the St. Louis community to join the conversation through high quality speech therapy and audiology care. 

 
The Center for Hearing& Speech is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that donates $1.75 million in speech/language, school screening and audiology services every year to residents of metropolitan St. Louis and surrounding communities.  It is a proud member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis and the Better Business Bureau.

Donate Generously For Center's Fall Donation Drive


Dear Friends,

For 95 years, Center for Hearing & Speech has brought the gift of hearing and speech to your St. Louis neighbors, co-workers, friends and family. As we approach the busy holiday season, the Center needs your gift to help it continue these services so that more children and adults get the help they need to hear well and to speak clearly!

Hearing and speech disabilities affect thousands of St. Louis children, working adults and senior citizens constantly, every day of the year. For some, the evaluations, therapy and hearing aids required to treat them are too expensive. That’s why it’s so important that the Center provides the following support each year:

·         Financial support of basic hearing and vision screenings increases the ability of thousands of low-income St. Louis children to excel at school;

·         Gifts of subsidized speech therapy give children with verbal communication disorders the chance to speak clearly and confidently alongside unaffected peers;

·         And funding for hearing evaluations and the fittings of hearing aids help thousands of area children and adults to function in social and work environments.

This assistance helps financially-challenged St. Louisans of all ages living with communication disorders to reduce isolation, anxiety and depression. No one needs this stress at the holidays … or any time of year.

Know that the Center is the ONLY nonprofit agency in the St. Louis area serving individuals with hearing and speech disabilities of all ages, regardless of their ability to pay. AND WE NEED YOUR HELP AND SUPPORT NOW.

Know that your donations help kids like Steven.



Since receiving his first hearing aid four years ago when he was eight years of age, he has made huge steps in correcting not only his hearing ability but also his speech. He now says words that he couldn’t say or even understand through reading lips before being fitted with his aids.  According to Steven’s mother, Clarissa, he can now communicate with and understand what is being said by family members, teachers and a growing group of friends.

“We love the Center,” Clarissa says, “We recommend it to anyone who has a child that has a hearing or speech problem. It has helped everyone in our family’s lives!”

The Center has specialized in improving the hearing and speaking of St. Louis residents for a lifetime. The need for hearing and speech support is increasing as the St. Louis population grows and grows older in age. Without funding from donors like you, more people will go without the help they need to become or continue to be active citizens.

Your donation TODAY is important. With your help, we can continue to assist more local residents overcome their communication disorder! Join us as we strive to provide speech and hearing help to every St. Louis resident who needs it. Make the Center’s goal your goal this year ... and HEAR US GROW!

Sincerely,

Rita Tintera, Executive Director
P. S. Thank you so much for your kind donation today. Every effort makes a difference!


Have You Made Your Reservations Yet?

 



Celebrate this holiday season by dining at the Gingerbread House Experience at River City Casino and Ameristar St. Louis Casino! The Gingerbread House is open NOW and ready to serve you and your loved ones! Call in your breakfast, lunch or dinner reservations now before it's too late, there are already over 100 spots reserved. All of the $25 reservation fee goes to the Center to help fund the programs that give the gift of hearing and speech to the St. Louis Metro Area. Call 314-388-7623 for River City and 636-940-4454 to dine at the Ameristar!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

How We Lose Our Hearing....And How to Save What We Have Left




This graphic brilliantly points out that the four main ways people lose their hearing is through listening to loud music, spending too much time in an industrial work place with power drills and the like, being exposed to the sounds of a racetrack, and being exposed to the sounds of guns firing for long periods of time. So, how do you know if your ears are being damaged? Well, if someone is standing three feet away from you, but you cannot hear the words coming out of their mouth, then odds are that you are probably in a situation where the noise level is dangerous. Time to put in those earplugs!

 



Monday, November 16, 2015

Support the Center With AmazonSmile Purchases!







The holidays are approaching and you and your family & friends will be busy shopping for gifts. Remind them to shop at smile.amazon.com & help Center for Hearing & Speech increase its AmazonSmile donations!


Center for Hearing & Speech Welcomes Your Employee Charitable Giving Program!

 



It’s that time of year when staff at the Center for Hearing & Speech reminds you of possible giving opportunities that your employer may offer for employee charitable giving during the holidays. 
 
As you may know, some companies choose to give to local charities as a way to give back to the community during the holiday season. If your employer provides this type of program or adopts a charity for giving this time of year, please remember the Center when nominations are being considered or accepted. The results of such a charitable campaign can be of great benefit to our clients! For example, a $7,000 donation could provide: 
·        Nearly 1,000 low-income children with a hearing and vision tests through our School Screening Program to detect any unseen disorders;
·        Seven children each receiving 12 speech/language therapy sessions by trained and licensed speech/language pathologists in the comfort of their own schools or at the Center to help correct their problems; or
·        Seven adults or five children each receiving complete hearing evaluations, one hearing aid and follow up visits to hear well and to be able to effectively communicate with others.
Every dollar donated is put to good use to help St. Louisans to communicate better and to live more fulfilled lives, so thank you for this consideration. Please let Rita or me know if your employer would require any information to set up a giving program that could benefit Center clients this holiday season!
 
 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Rita Tintera Celebrates 45 Years As Center’s Executive Director


Rita Tintera
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Center congratulates Executive Director Rita Tintera for her 45 years of service to St. Louisans with speech/language and hearing disorders.
 
 It used to be commonplace that someone would work their entire career at one employer. We don’t hear much of this happening these days as people jump from job to job and return to school to learn another career. However, Tintera has dedicated her career and life to helping others through the Center’s mission.
 
“It was 1970 when I first walked into the Center,” Tintera reflects. “The plan was to work here while completing college, then I planned to move on to the corporate world. However, the nonprofit way of life and the Center’s mission touched me in such a dramatic way that, when the time came to leave, I chose to stay and be a part of something truly meaningful.”
 
The past, present and future of the Center could be nowhere complete without her leadership. Working in just about every position and department during her years here, Tintera has shared countless hours of her time, her endless energy and her unflagging enthusiasm to guide staff, volunteers and clients. It’s rather a unique twist of fate that she now celebrates her 45th work anniversary just as the Center celebrates its 95th year of existence. It is with deepest affection and respect that we thank Rita for her tenure and leadership to the Center!
 
The Center for Hearing & Speech is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that donates $1.75 million in speech/language and audiology services each year to residents of metropolitan St. Louis. CHS improves the quality of life for individuals with hearing and speech disorders by providing caring and high quality services, regardless of one’s ability to pay. The Center continually strives to address a greater portion of the unmet need relating to speech and audiology in the St. Louis region. It is a proud member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis and the Better Business Bureau.
 

Center Thanks Beverly Hawthorne, Celebrating 5 Years of Service as Administrative Assistant!




The Center would like to congratulate Beverly Hawthorne, who celebrates her five-year anniversary this month as the Center’s Administrative Assistant. Thank you for all of your hard work, Beverly!

Her responsibilities include answering phones, batching daily clinic and off-site location information, setting up appointments, sending out and receiving Financial Aid applications and working with the Scholarship Funding program as well as ordering office supplies, processing mail, and other miscellaneous duties.

“I appreciate the mission of the Center for Hearing & Speech, and am happy to be a part of a team which serves an important need in our community,” Hawthorne said. “I feel as though this is more than ‘just a job’.”

She enjoys a full plate of hobbies including photography, writing, sketching, playing the piano, maintaining a large collection of music, and bird-keeping. These days, most of her free time is spent with Bible study, reading and caring for two silly parakeets that make her smile.

The Center for Hearing & Speech is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that donates $1.75 million in speech/language and audiology services each year to residents of metropolitan St. Louis. CHS improves the quality of life for individuals with hearing and speech disorders by providing caring and high quality services, regardless of one’s ability to pay. The Center continually strives to address a greater portion of the unmet need relating to speech and audiology in the St. Louis region. It is a proud member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis and the Better Business Bureau.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Board Member Hosts Circle of Hope Society Annual Reception


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Center’s annual Circle of Hope Society Reception was held last week in the home of Center board member, Sallie Kratz. We thank Sallie for graciously hosting, providing food and drink for a fantastic evening!
Guest speaker was John Caroll, a long-time client of the Center’s Speech & Language Program. John spoke about his struggle with stuttering and how his years of therapy at the Center have helped him move on personally and professionally.

Circle of Hope Society members are the Center’s most generous contributors. Their gifts enable the Center to be a safety net for our communities which are less fortunate and are dealing with hearing and speech disorders.

For more information on how you can join our Circle of Hope Society, please contact Rita Tintera at tinterar@chsstl.org, or Jeff Tarr at tarrj@chsstl.org  or call them at the Center at 314-968-4710.
The Center for Hearing & Speech is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that donates $1.75 million in speech/language and audiology services each year to residents of metropolitan St. Louis. CHS improves the quality of life for individuals with hearing and speech disorders by providing caring and high quality services, regardless of one’s ability to pay. The Center continually strives to address a greater portion of the unmet need relating to speech and audiology in the St. Louis region. It is a proud member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis and the Better Business Bureau.

 

We Want Your Center for Hearing & Speech Old Photos & Stories!




Center For Hearing & Speech is celebrating its 95th Anniversary this month! To commemorate this great achievement, we will soon be featuring historical photos from the Center’s early days on this Loud & Clear blog, the Center’s facebook and twitter pages, quarterly newsletter and other publications.  
 
In addition, we’re asking all of our supporters to send us your favorite Center photos and stories from the past!  Forward your memories of past Center events and people to Charles Moreland at morelandc@chsstl.org or feel free to call him at the Center at 314-968-4710.
The Center for Hearing & Speech is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that donates $1.75 million in speech/language and audiology services each year to residents of metropolitan St. Louis. CHS improves the quality of life for individuals with hearing and speech disorders by providing caring and high quality services, regardless of one’s ability to pay. The Center continually strives to address a greater portion of the unmet need relating to speech and audiology in the St. Louis region. It is a proud member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis and the Better Business Bureau.
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Make Your Holiday Gingerbread House Experience Reservations Now!















Call now to reserve your seat for the popular Gingerbread House Experience, sponsored by Center radio partner KLOU 103.3FM! This year, the event will be hosted at two fun locations-- the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles and the River City Casino in Lemay!

From November 23 to December 25, your family and friends can enjoy dining inside our life-size Gingerbread House. The houses are available from 7am to 9pm each day.

Every year, 100% of your $25 reservation charitable donation goes to The Center for Hearing & Speech to help us fund hearing, speech/language and school screening programs for 2016. Purchase additional Holiday Cookies at Falcon Bakery for $3.50 – proceeds will also go to the Center. Create a memorable holiday tradition while supporting a local charity!

Call 636-940-4454 to get your table now!  For more information, including menu and seating size, please click the link below:

http://www.ameristar.com/s…/the-gingerbread-house-experience

 The Gingerbread Experience Fun Facts:

1. Executive Pastry Chef Eric Phillips, Assistant Pastry Chef Josh House and their pastry team will enhance their Gingerbread House this year with an 8-foot-tall LED lit gingerbread man.

2. Ameristar St. Charles’ house will feature a gingerbread decorating station for the little ones.

3. To make the gingerbread bricks, icing, edging, stained glass windows and ice cycles, the pastry team will use:

•850 pounds of gingerbread

•300 pounds of powdered sugar

•40 pounds of modeling chocolate

•30 pounds of isomalt

4. There will be 100 pounds of candy to accent the house – including one dozen five pound gummy bears!

The Center for Hearing & Speech is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that donates $1.75 million in speech/language and audiology services each year to residents of metropolitan St. Louis. CHS improves the quality of life for individuals with hearing and speech disorders by providing caring and high quality services, regardless of one’s ability to pay. The Center continually strives to address a greater portion of the unmet need relating to speech and audiology in the St. Louis region. It is a proud member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis and the Better Business Bureau.
 
 
 

Time to Order Your Center Holiday Greeting Cards!



Message inside: "Best Wishes for a Wonderful Holiday Season
and a New Year filled with Peace and Happiness."
 
Message inside: "Whatever is beautiful, whatever is meaningful,
Whatever brings you happiness...
May it be yours this Holiday Season and throughout the New Year."
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Center’s holiday season greeting cards are now available for purchase, only 10 cards for $5. The two designs feature watercolors of Cardinal birds by local artist and Center board member, Sallie W. Kratz.
 
The cards are available for purchase in-person in the Center lobby or you may mail your check to the Center, enclosing a self-addressed envelope for the return shipping of your cards. You may also order via PayPal from the Center website’s donation page:
 
http://www.hearing-speechstlouis.org/donateonline.php.

 
If you have any questions regarding ordering your Center Holiday greeting cards, call the Center at (314) 968-4710.