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Deaf-REACH (National Health Care Foundation for the Deaf)
The National Health Care Foundation for the Deaf–doing business as Deaf-REACH– was founded as a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization within the District of Columbia. Our mission is to maximize the self-sufficiency of deaf adults needing special services by providing Referral, Education, Advocacy, Counseling, and Housing.
Services & Programs
Community Service Center – Provides the following community service programs for deaf adults who have disabilities or are economically disadvantaged:
- Information, Referral, Advocacy, and Case Management
- Personal Counseling Service
- Housing Counseling and Placement Assistance Service
- Chemical Dependence Treatment Program
Case Management Unit – Provides a range of services to deaf, mentally ill adults. Case managers in the unit work as a team, using a holistic approach. Staff will work with each member with mental illness to ensure that their needs for living in the community are met. This includes arranging medical appointments, making family contacts, and tracking progress on goals.
Deaf Horizons – This day program, run as a psychosocial clubhouse, offers a multitude of activities for deaf adults who have mental illness or who are economically or educationally disadvantaged. Participants learn pre-vocational skills in food service, housekeeping, and clerical work that help prepare them for future jobs in the community. The Job Club trains members on writing resumes and how to prepare for interviews. Members regularly meet with program specialists to create meaningful goals as a way to ensure they get the most out of their time at Deaf Horizons.
Social activities include day trips to special events, holiday celebrations, and captioned movies. The building housing Deaf Horizons is named after Wilson Grabill, an original founder of the National Health Care Foundation for the Deaf (now known as Deaf-REACH).
Otis House – A Residence Program for Deaf Persons – Assists each member to develop the necessary life skills that will enable him or her to survive and function in the community. These skills include menu and food preparation, personal hygiene and grooming, housekeeping, managing money, banking, using the phone and TTY, traveling by bus and subway, purchasing clothing, socializing, participation in recreation and leisure activities, and developing work-related skills. Skills are informally and formally taught during everyday living.
Deaf-REACH is located near the Brookland/Catholic University Metro stop on the Red line.