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.