The Washington Society of Jewish Deaf (WSJD)’s Caring Committee (CC) offers support to the community during times of difficulty. The CC is a group of nonprofessional volunteers who cannot offer counseling (physical or mental health) nor any medical advice but may refer members to people who can help.
Volunteers are the heart of the CC. Per volunteer availability, the Caring Committee can provide support in the following ways:
- Serve as a resource to the WSJD community
- Provide information about life cycle events which includes shiva customs and traditions, baby namings, bris’, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs
- Locating Jewish social service agencies that provide counseling, senior and family services, eldercare
- Provide a listing of mental health providers available to serve the WSJD community
- Let the community know WSJD cares – by sending get-well, sympathy and congratulatory cards
- Notify WSJD members of the passing of a member of our community – with approval from the family of the deceased – via WSJD email distribution
- Provide short term assistance with those in need (i.e. offering rides for errands or to doctor appointments)
- Compile and maintain an up-to-date list of interpreters and CART providers in the region who are available to interpret at life cycle events. The list will be posted on the WSJD website.
HOW TO CONTACT THE CC
If you wish to volunteer for the CC, request support for yourself, or inform the CC of a person/family in need, or for any other reason, send an email to WSJDCC@gmail.com.