Deaf & HOH
Deaf Ministry: Hands of Faith
Hands of Faith Ministry is about providing opportunities for the Deaf and hard of hearing communities to grow their relationship with God and build meaningful relationships with church family, through interpreted worship, small group spiritual connections, community involvement and fellowship.
We strive to create an inclusive environment where Deaf, hard of hearing and hearing develop strong friendships and communication barriers are eliminated. Connect with us through:
- Sunday: Certified Interpreters for Worship
- ASL Sign Language Classes (Adults) – See Adult Ed class schedule
- Sunday: ASL Children’s Studies during Children’s Ministries
The Genesis family has been learning to sign conversational phrases to welcome those who are deaf and hard of hearing to our community. Click here to view several videos we’ve prepared for this purpose.
For more information contact: Beverly Chesebro
Check out the bible ASL online!
Helpful websites and phone numbers Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
For information on the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), including a deaf person’s right to communication access, a service provider’s legal obligations to provide effective communication, ADA publications, instructions for filing a complaint, and much more, visit www.ada.gov.
ADA Information Line: 800-514-0301 (voice), 800-514-0383 (TTY). ADA Specialists are available to provide ADA information and answers to technical questions on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. or on Thursday from 12:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. (Eastern Time).
Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service, Inc. advocates for the legal rights of people with disabilities. They have experience in issues related to discrimination, abuse and neglect, Social Security benefits, vocational rehabilitation, and many others. www.mpas.org or 800-288-5923 (in Michigan, voice/TTY)
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), the national organization that certifies professional interpreters, visit www.rid.org.
National Association of the Deaf (NAD), the national organization that oversees civil rights and legal rights of deaf citizens, visit www.nad.org.
Michigan Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing, visit www.michigan.gov/mcdc-dodhh. DODHH administers the Board for Evaluation of Interpreters (BEI) test for Sign Language interpreters and registers all interpreters working in Michigan. The website includes a listing of certified/qualified interpreters and interpreter referral agencies in Michigan searchable by region.
For extensive Michigan-based information on many topics related to deafness and hearing loss, visit the E-Michigan website: www.michdhh.org provided by the Michigan Coalition for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People. This website includes a calendar of events; information on services and resources; information for and about interpreters; information and helpful links for senior citizens, youth, and parents; healthcare links; legal/ADA information; and much more.
Sorenson Video Relay Service, see www.sorenson.com.
Z Video Relay Service, see www.zvrs.com.
Michigan Relay Center, see www.michiganrelay.com.
PO Box 8812 * Kentwood, Michigan 49518-8812
616-732-7358 (v) * 616-828-0186 (vp) * 616-732-7365 (fax) * www.deafhhs.org
Visit us at 4328 Kalamazoo Ave S.E. * Grand Rapids, Michigan 49508