News & Events

Thanks to another fantastic DVSV training group!

Stay tuned for our 2016 training schedule, to be released soon!



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Scam Alert

Description/Transcript: [A Deaf Latina woman is wearing a black top with her hair up in a bun. She is outside with bushes in the background.]  “Hello, My name is Aracelia and I am one of DeafHope’s Empowerment Director. I am here to inform the community and warn that we have been seeing an increase of fraud activity in terms of using our Board President, Julie Rems Smario’s name. Julie is not a DeafHope staff nor is seeking for a personal assistance. If you have been contacted by someone using Julie’s name seeking for a personal assistance and needing you to deposit checks for her and other duties. If the request looks suspicious, please contact police and Indeed (website) authorities and report suspicious activity. We are aware of several incidents and we want the community to know. Thank you.”

[image description: photo on far left of Tara and Amber with their heads in a cartoon image of two Vikings. Photo on far right of Aracelia and Amber with their heads in the same cartoon image of two Vikings. At the bottom text reads welcome to Minneapolis. Text in between the two images says: Hello from the DeafHope team!]

Message to our Sister DVSV Organizations

The Advocacy Learning Center is accepting applications for the next class. DeafHope is going through the program now, we highly recommend it! We have learned so much, been given the time and tools to dramatically improve our direct services to Deaf survivors. They will have an informational webinar on November 4 – this is the link to register. You can apply for the program here.

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October is DV Awareness Month

Today DeafHope participated in the Alameda County Board of Supervisor’s hearing to proclaim October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  We are honored to work alongside community members year-round to end violence.  It is important to take special time this month to educate ourselves and do a personal inventory of how each of us can support a world without violence.

Alameda County DV month

[image description: Collage of three photos.  On the left is the proclamation certificate naming DeafHope along with other Bay Area DV agencies, signed by members of the Board of Supervisors.  There is extensive text using the term “Whereas” to explain the importance of DV awareness month and services in our community.  In the top right photo, Aracelia Aguilar (wearing a black top and white pants) is standing beside a white man in a suit and glasses.  He is handing her the large paper certificate and both are smiling at the audience for photos (this camera angle is from the side).  The photo is taken inside a courtroom.  The bottom right photo shows Amber Hodson (wearing a black top and gold necklace) and Aracelia standing outside the courthouse.  Aracelia is holding the certificate, you can see the word Proclamation along the top.  They are smiling at the camera the building and with a bright blue sky behind them.]

Upcoming Events

October 2016

  • Deaf Access for Survivors webinar: Oct. 5 10a
  • DVSV Training Must attend all three days: Oct 14, 15 & 16 9-5p