The first Hear Now Café for hard of hearing people got off to a good start. It was a beautiful and festive event. Our desire is to form a support group for hard of hearing where they can gather for information, peer group counseling, fellowship, inspiration, and encouragement.
The café was put together by our wonderful volunteers, Don and Sally Peterson, who baked the cake, Ray and Phyllis Ivey, who served refreshments, Carl and Delores Ellis, who decorated the tables with flowers, and Cathy Harrison and Debbie Thompson who hosted the event.
David Harrison gave a power-point presentation on how to communicate to hard of hearing. He said that we need to practice these guidelines at every meeting and in our homes for better communication.
Carl Ellis, a pharmacist, gave a testimonial on how the Lip Reading Academy has impacted his life. He had been hard of hearing for many years, worn two hearing aids, but no one told him about where to find help or other equipment what would enhance his hearing.
Marilyn Fisher, a school teacher, shared with us her adventure of almost going deaf and fearing that she would have to give up teaching. She told how she planned to get a "cochlear implant" on June 16th and be ready to go back to teaching in the fall. It was an inspiring testimony how God worked in her life.
When the meeting ended and the people were dismissed, they
stayed and met one another and talked for more than an hour after the session.
Names were drawn and door prizes were given out. Delores Ellis won the vibrating alarm clock. Adrienne McMillan won the $99.00 TV ears. Jean Rothstein won a set of placemats. There was a drawing for the five bouquets.
The next HEAR NOW CAFÉ will meet on Friday, August 12, 2011 at 7 p.m. at Ridgeview Baptist Church 6 N. Moore Road at Brainerd Road in Chattanooga, TN. Plan to be there
by RSVP. The dessert event is free. More door prizes will be given away.
Future HEAR NOW CAFE dates are September 9, October 14, November 11, December 9
RSVP 423-624-1669 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Until the Trumpet Sounds: LET MY PEOPLE HEAR!
David M. Harrison