Since 1983, Hearing Professional Center been helping people improve the quality of their lives in Dallas, TX and surrounding areas. Our audiologists have a reputation for always having the latest digital hearing aids on the market today. We provide excellent service to our patients by diagnosing your hearing problem with hearing testing so we are able to provide you with the best hearing solution. We do a lot more than test hearing and sell hearing aids. We want each person coming to our center to be met by a friendly, caring staff that will do everything in their power to make the experience exemplary. We invite you to visit us and become part of our family.
For the last several years our staff has provided complimentary hearing aid services to residents living in several residential retirement communities on a weekly or bi-monthly basis. We travel to the communities and provide hands-on service to any resident with hearing aids. Our Staff provides assistance with cleaning and maintaining hearing aids or battery replacement. Otoscopy is performed on each person coming by for assistance.
The Hearing Professional Center offers a variety of consumer seminars regarding Hearing & Balance up to 4 times each year. Dr. Price also presents slide shows of her travels, sharing beautiful pictures and dialogue with the residents throughout the year. Our Staff certainly enjoys their interaction in the community and looks forward to “giving back” at every opportunity.
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Buckner is one of the oldest and most unique faith-based social service organizations of its kind, serving more than 450,000 people each year in the United States and 18 countries worldwide through a variety of programs designed to protect children, build strong families and enrich the lives of senior adults.
Many of our supporters never get to personally experience the end result of all the shoe collecting, sorting, packing and shipping – putting shoes on the feet of children in need. If you’ve never been on a shoe delivery trip, you may wonder what the children are like, what they enjoy, what they care about and how they respond to their new shoes. We’d like to give you a glimpse of that today.
Meet Dorka. She’s a sweet 10-year-old girl who lives in the Dominican Republic and was thrilled to receive new shoes from a Buckner mission team last year. After the shoe distribution, she saw a cameraman with the group and asked him to record a message to take back to the United States.
“In the name of the children of Buckner in the Dominican Republic, we want to thank you, but first God, because He has allowed you to be here,” she said. “And then we want to thank you, because you have come here to give us this gift. God bless you and fill your life with many blessings so you can keep giving these donations of shoes to other kids of the world who are in need.”
Dorka lives with her parents, brother and step-sister in a wooden, two-bedroom house with a concrete floor in Eduardo Brito, a severely impoverished community about 45 minutes east of Santo Domingo. Most families there, including Dorka’s, live on one very low income. Education is an issue in Eduardo Brito because many families cannot afford to send their kids to government schools. Nutrition and health are also a problem; most people get their water from a polluted stream that runs through the densely-populated community.
Dorka has been coming to the Community Transformation Center in Eduardo Brito for a year and a half to receive tutoring in math. With the help of the CTC staff, her skills have improved and math is now one of her favorite subjects at school. Her other favorite subject is Spanish. She also loves dancing and pantomime and practices these activities at church. Dancing has made her more disciplined, she says.
Thank you for supporting Shoes for Orphan Souls, even when you can’t always be there to travel and witness firsthand the fruits of your labor! With your help, we’re able to give children around the world – children like Dorka – the gift of new shoes.
For more information, please visit www.buckner.org
childrens.com/givingA Little Girl Who Is All Heart
It’s nearly impossible to spend time with 4-year-old Caydence Barrett without noticing her heart.
You see it in the way she lovingly smiles at her parents, Joe and Stephanie Barrett; in the excitement she shows describing their summer trip to Disney World; and in the way she wears it on her sleeve when she feels like she needs to be heard – young Caydence is all heart.
However, she was born with only half a heart. A condition called hypoplastic left-heart syndrome caused the left side of her heart to be severely underdeveloped at birth. Not too long ago, the condition was almost uniformly fatal for newborns.
But the prognosis for hypoplastic left-heart syndrome patients has improved dramatically in the last 25 years. Expert cardiac surgeons like Dr. Joseph Forbess, the director of cardiothoracic surgery at Children’s, are to thank for that.
“We met Dr. Forbess before Caydence was born, and my impression is that he’s the best,” Stephanie said. “He truly gave us the feeling that we had the right person working on our child and that he truly cared.”
Dr. Forbess successfully performed Caydence’s first open-heart procedure when she was only 5-days old. Then he operated on Caydence’s heart again at 5 months and, hopefully for the final time, shortly after she turned 3.
“She’s been perfectly healthy since her last surgery,” her dad, Joe, said. “We just have to go to Children’s every six months for checkups and take a couple of daily medications.”
Caydence began pre-school this fall, and her parents believe that the heart team at Children’s is largely responsible for her being able to share her heart with her new classmates.
“Everything the heart team does at Children’s is top notch,” Joe said. “I’d just like to thank all the donors for putting their money into a program and a hospital that has a lasting impact – not only on the kids like Caydence but also on the parents like us. We don’t know where we would be without them.”
‘My favorite part about Rainbow Days is that someone cares about me.’ – Maria
At just 6 years of age, Maria started attending her special Rainbow Days support group during her stay at a local emergency shelter where she lived with her mother and sister. Maria’s father is incarcerated and has never been a part of her life. Shortly after their stay in the shelter, Maria’s mom was also sent to prison. Maria felt worried and scared and didn’t know what was going to happen next. Her and her sister had nowhere to go. Fortunately, a very close family member stepped in to assume guardianship and has since adopted them. Dealing with the trauma of being uprooted from her home, her mother being removed from her life, changing schools, leaving behind friends and belongings and the hardships of their new circumstances, Maria continued to struggle with many different feelings but didn’t feel safe sharing them with anyone. She learned to stuff them deep inside her heart. Because of the trauma she suffered, she felt untrusting of everyone and all alone.
But hope came through many caring people. The family continued to receive services through the transitional shelter program and Rainbow Days was included as part of the families continuum of care. By attending Rainbow Days support group which met each week with a Rainbow Days’ staff member and several other children in the shelter, Maria learned that she wasn’t alone in her problems. The consistency of the Rainbow Days’ program and of the same facilitator coming each week to the shelter helped Marie gain trust again. She learned that she didn’t cause what was happening to her and she couldn’t fix it, but she could learn the tools to cope with her situation. She found a safe place to talk about her feelings and that “stuffing her feelings” wasn’t a healthy way to deal with them. She learned how to identify trusted people around her who she could talk to. She learned valuable life skills, received support from her caring adult Rainbow Days’ mentor and participated in fun and educational activities with her peers. She learned that all of her feelings are okay and that while she was going through a difficult time in her life right now, she could have hope again for a brighter future that includes a caring family, new friends and a home. Throughout the year at Rainbow Days’ summer camps, special outings and Mentored Arts Activities, Maria discovered new talents, experienced new activities, developed friendships and learned how to believe in herself. She also learned to express herself and healthy ways to deal with uncomfortable feelings.
Through Rainbow Days, Maria began to have hope for today and for a brighter tomorrow. Two years later, Maria and her sister are doing great. They are in a stable home environment with caring family members where she is making good grades in school and continuing to develop friendships. Maria is happy and outgoing and gives the sweetest smiles that will melt your heart. Her favorite part of Rainbow Days is the “people”. “They really care about you,” says Maria, who will never forget when it was her birthday and she was participating in a Rainbow Days’ group. She was given a birthday box, which included a cake mix, candles, a present and even a birthday card, by the facilitator. Money was really tight in her new family and she didn’t think she was going to be able to celebrate her special day. But when she received the birthday box it made her so happy. She said “it is really special because it has everything I need to celebrate my birthday! It is nice to know that someone cares about you. If I didn’t get the birthday box I don’t think I would have had a celebration. I LOVE Rainbow Days and especially the people.”
Since 1982, Rainbow Days has been giving children in the Dallas community hope for a promising future by providing them with both the skills and support they need to make healthy choices, stay drug free and believe they have a purpose. Rainbow Days’ core programs include support groups, classroom education, parent classes, summer camps, and a variety of other activities which are conducted in partnership with schools, recreation centers, community centers, homeless shelters and other sites. Through a combination of caring adult mentors and these research-based programs, Rainbow Days makes a positive difference in the lives of over 15,000 children and youth in the Dallas community each year and impacts thousands more throughout the Nation through training programs. Give. Share. Get Involved. Start making a difference in the life of a child today.
Child Advocates of Fort Bend
Description: Child Advocates of Fort Bend is a nonprofit agency working to end child abuse in Fort Bend County. We serve child victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect through a “one-stop”, comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach. We operate two nationally-affiliated programs:
- Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) – We advocate for children in the foster care system through trained community volunteers called CASA Volunteers. Our goal is to fi nd children a safe and permanent home.
- Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) – We provide a safe place for children who have been sexually abused, severely physically abused or witnesses to domestic homicide to disclose their abuse to forensic interviewers. A team of social workers, licensed therapists and victim advocacy specialists provide free therapy, family support and criminal court advocacy. We partner with law enforcement and the district attorney’s office on the prosecution of the criminal cases.
Mission: Child Advocates of Fort Bend provides a voice, heals the hurt, and breaks the cycle of abuse and neglect for children in Fort Bend County.
- We match every child in foster care with a CASA volunteer.
- We have never turned away a child in need of our services.
- All of our services are free.
Date began: 1991
- Program to date – over 10,600
- 2013: 1,381 children and families
- CASA = 234
- CAC = 1147
25 full-time; 1 part-time
CASA volunteers: 131
CAC volunteers: 28
Development volunteers: 860
Value of Volunteer Hours and Travel: Over one million in equivalent value per year
Executive Director: Ruthanne Mefford, email@example.com
Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC): Child victims are brought to the Center by law enforcement or Children’s Protective Services (CPS) where trained specialists, social workers and therapists conduct forensic interviews, coordinate the civil and criminal investigation, facilitate resource services, and offer therapy to help children heal from their trauma. The Center is affiliated with Children’s Advocacy CentersTM of Texas, Inc. and the National Children’s Alliance.
- VICTIM ADVOCACY SERVICES: Staff of four full-time victim advocacy specialists provide forensic interviews of child victims, case management and criminal court advocacy so that victims and families receive professional support throughout the duration of their cases.
- BILINGUAL SERVICES: Specialized services for Spanish-speaking and bilingual children and their families offering all of the mainstream services as well as specialized cultural and social resources and support.
- THERAPY SERVICES: Three full-time licensed therapists offer a variety of therapies free to child victims and non-offending family members including: group, individual and play therapy as well as therapy using art and music.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA): Trained CASA Volunteers provide a voice for children who are in the care of the child welfare system, and advocate for their “best interests” – emotional, physical, educational and medical needs. Our program is affiliated wtih TXCASA and National CASA. Staff employees provide supervision, recruitment and training of volunteers. Child Advocates of Fort Bend is one of the few programs in the state that matches every child in foster care with a CASA Volunteer.
- Infant and Toddler (0-5 years old): Specialized program for infants and toddlers to increase supervision and attention during critical development stage. Focus is on: parent-child visitations and family reunification, increased frequency of court reviews, and accelerated permanency plans.
- N.E.S.T. (6-13 years old): Specialized program for elementary and middle school children that focuses on Nurturing Education and Social Triumphs to build a solid foundation in educational attainment, social skills/extracurricular involvement, and health.
- WINGS (14-18 years old): Specialized program for teens expected to remain in foster care until they “age out” of the system at 18 years old. Focus is on: supporting educational goals including graduating from high school, developing positive connections with three caring adults, and developing a transitional living plan.
Child Protective Services (CPS), District Attorney’s Office, County Attorney’s Office, Law Enforcement from 12 jurisdictions, Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office, 328th District Court, 387th District Court, Brazos River Valley Cluster Court, he University of Texas Medical School CARE Program, and Harris Health System.
40% individual and business donations
35% government grants
Starkey Hearing Foundation: Hear Now Program
For more than 50 years, William F. “Bill” Austin has been providing the gift of hearing to people in need. In 1984, he formalized his commitment to caring for others and officially started Starkey Hearing Foundation with a simple premise, “Alone we can’t do much. Together we can change the world.”
Starkey Hearing Foundation uses hearing as a vehicle to reflect caring and improve the lives of individuals, families and communities around the world, by helping them reach their full potential.
Disabling hearing loss affects 360 million people worldwide, including 32 million children, yet many do not have access to the hearing devices that can help them. Starkey Hearing Foundation fits and gives more than 100,000 hearing aids annually. Starkey Hearing Foundation has also pledged to give away one million hearing aids this decade.
Every year thousands of hearing aids are donated to Starkey’s Hear Now program from hearing professionals and other individuals looking to help. Those hearing aids open up the world of sound to someone in need. Many of the hearing aids used on international missions come from the recycling program, making hearing aid donations vital to the success of the Foundation. However, the journey from donation to the mission field is an absolute labor of love. View the infographic.