Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program

Silent Hope

Homelessness alone is hard to navigate. Imagine the additional frustration and stress of difficulty hearing and communicating. Then, add the potential danger of not hearing someone coming up behind you.

CaringWorks provides the only Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH) homeless program in the Southeast. The program includes residential treatment and recovery services for homeless DHH adults. Only four comparable programs exist in the United States, yet estimates show that thousands of homeless DHH individuals need these services.

CaringWorks provides its DHH program at Hope House. It offers culturally and linguistically competent therapeutic services to DHH men. Hope House currently has designated 12 beds for this special-needs population. DHH staff members are fluent in American Sign Language, competent in Deaf Culture, and trained in evidenced-based practices provide the services. The program empowers DHH men to maintain sobriety, address mental health needs, and develop communications and other skills for independent living.

Joe, one of the hundreds of people served, summed it up, stating, “…when a problem comes up, you learn to fix it.”

Program Overview

Hope House is a 70 bed residential treatment program for men facing homelessness and seeking recovery from addiction. Hope House is conveniently based in downtown Atlanta. Hope House also offers culturally and linguistically competent therapeutic services to Deaf and Hard of Hearing men. There are currently 12 beds designated for that population.

Hope House offers not only a safe and clean environment, but also an environment free of cultural or language barriers (it is a Deaf-centered environment.) These services are provided by Deaf and Hard of Hearing staff members who are not only fluent in American Sign Language (ASL) and competent in Deaf Culture, but are also trained to provide evidenced-based practices to empower Deaf and Hard of Hearing men to learn independent life skills and capitalize on their strengths to address mental health concerns and maintain sobriety.

Services that are offered include:

A room with a flashing light (2 roommates per room)

A Deaf lounge and TV with closed captioning

Three meals a day

Case management (physical and mental health, employment, social security benefits, housing, assistance with legal/court issues, GED programs, etc.)

Deaf and integrated psychoeducation classes (anger management, problem solving, addiction, relapse prevention, 12 step practice, etc.)

ASL and literacy classes

Individual and group psychotherapy

Silent Hope (Deaf NA meeting)

Medication management

Nursing assessment

Integrated health and wellness services

Assistive technology (video phone, video remote interpreting, alarm clock and bed shaker, computer, etc.)

Hope House also offers outpatient services to both hearing members and Deaf and Hard of Hearing members.

Impact

These services are designed to solve specific problems within the Deaf community.

Common challenges include:

Few Skilled Professionals

Few Specialized Programs

Lack of Appropriate Assessments

Poor Mental Health Access

Lower Quality Care

Shortage of Interpreted 12 Step Practice

Lack of Accessible Health Information

Limited Medical and Mental Health Knowledge

Less Help-Seeking Behavior

High Risk for Inadequate Health Literacy

Deaf individuals are nearly 7 times more likely to have inadequate health literacy when compared to their hearing peers. Inadequate health literacy is a significant issue within the Deaf Community. Utilizing health care navigators who are fluent in ASL and competent in Deaf Culture is an effective way to increase health literacy of Deaf people.

Changed Lives

Let some of our clients tell you about their experience.

Program: Hope House/Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program

Donald B.

Donald came to the CaringWorks Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program in 2013. He was an active alcoholic and drug addict. Abuse as a young child had led him to marijuana and, after high school, to cocaine and other drugs. He went to college at Gallaudet University and then the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) for engineering. His addiction became so powerful after he left that he lost numerous jobs, spiraling into chronic homelessness on and off for many years. He was in and out of different programs because he just wasn’t ready. But he found a home and sobriety at CaringWorks.

“I heard good things about the counseling and that there were deaf people in this class teaching and working in the class. That made a big difference for me as opposed to having an interpreter all the time,” Donald stated. He continued, “The program as a whole has been valuable. This program teaches us that when there’s a problem that comes up, you can learn to fix it.”

When asked about the future, Donald said, “I feel happy, like a kid starting all over again and I’m excited for the future. Maybe in the future I’d like to have a nice home, a good car, a good relationship, and good health.”

Donald Baxter

Program Eligibility

To be eligible for the program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Male
  • Reduced hearing ability (Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf-Blind, Deaf Disabled, Late-Deafened, etc.)
  • 18 years old or above
  • Need substance abuse treatment and recovery support

While Georgia residents will be given priority, Hope House accepts and welcomes people from any other states. You will need to meet our team for pre-screening and assessment to see if you are a good candidate for our program.

Requirements for Prospective Members

Once you are determined to be a good candidate for our program, we will ask you to bring the following documents in order to admit you to the program.

  • Homeless Verification Letter
  • TB (Tuberculosis) and RPR (Rapid Plasma Reagin) verification (no more than 6 months old)

CaringWorks can offer support to get a homeless verification letter if necessary.

Hope House Services for
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Clients

Learn more about CaringWorks’ Hope House program for addiction treatment of Deaf and Hard of Hearing men in Atlanta, Georgia.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Hope House. We will be happy to answer your questions. We look forward to working with you.

Hope House/CaringWorks, Inc.
275 Washington St. SW, Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 564-4181 (Voice)
(404) 937–7007 (Videophone)
(404) 564-4186 (Fax)
deafservicesinfo@caringworksinc.org