Monday, November 21, 2005

OCDAC Newsletter November 21, 2005

Dear Friends,

At this time of the year, as we reflect upon our own lives, lets stop
and think about the deaf and disabled neighbors who are less
fortunate. Some of our deaf and disabled neighbors cannot afford to
feed their families. Some of them live in cars, in parks, or in
alleys. For a few, its by choice, for most it's by chance.

This shopping list will be a good gift to a family of 4.

3 cans meat (6.5 oz, tuna, pork, chicken, or beef)
3 cans vegetables (15 oz.) 3 cans fruit (16 oz)
3 cans soup (11 oz.) 3 boxes of macaroni and cheese
2 boxes of dry soup 2 boxes of hot cereal
2 lbs. dry beans 2 lbs rice
2 boxes powdered milk (2 qt.) 2 cans of evaporated milk
2 boxes crackers 1 jar peanut butter (18 oz.)

Optional items: dish detergent, toothpaste, soap bars.
Also add : Information on local food banks, food assistance
programs, and local soup kitchens.

So please, if you can afford it, grab some extra groceries for the
deaf and disabled neighbors. An ideal holiday gift to a needy deaf
and disabled neighbor's family would be groceries that lasts about a
week. Contact your local deaf/disability association for information
on connecting to a needy deaf and disabled neighbor's family. If you
do not know of anyone to help, you're more than welcome to deliver the
food items to our office and we will distribute them to people that
need them. This giving time goes from now until January 1, 2006.

Our SSP training class last Saturday was a success. We trained 5
people to be SSP's. Let's give Beth Koenig a big round of applause for
her contributions to meeting the needs of our deaf-blind community

Kudos to Tom Willard for raising the big stink over his recently
acquired barrier to his freedom of art at the Rochester Institute of
Technology. Also Kudos to Rafael Pinchas in his latest discoveries
with the Deaflympics. Both stories are in this issue. Interesting
news on the side, is that the term "Deaflympics" has appeared to have
lost its international recognition as it was recently referred to as
the "International Committee of Sports for the Deaf" or "CISS" by the
International Olympics Committee.

We also wish to extend a congratulatory note to Morton Warnow from
Modern Deaf Communication at Danbury Connecticut for achieving the
501(c)(3) non-profit status. He will soon be able to preach out a
good plan to eliminate literacy take a big bite out of dependency in
the deaf communities. He has a website at that includes this; "Modern
Deaf Communication, Inc. is a non-profit organization with IRS
501(c)(3) tax-exempt status with a vision of promise and triumph over
the problems of the deaf, but a vision based on hope and faith as much
as on science and common sense. The worst problems of the deaf are
terrible deaf illiteracy and unemployment which we believe can be
wiped out in our time. We believe that the isolation and debilitating
dependency on society suffered by the deaf can be vanquished and
replaced with a new, strong sense of participation and belonging to
the country and society of which they are citizens."

Remember us as the holidays are coming up! Don't forget to use the
Albertsons, Ralph, and Food4Less Cards this coming Thanksgiving as you
will help us with our mission and vision statements. Our iGive
program is there to help you with your holiday shopping too.

This newsletter is a feast of wholesome information tidbits and it's a
very suitable issue for a holiday week like this.

OCDAC Communications
[email protected]

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Our Winterfest fundraiser is almost ready to roll with a good line up
of volunteers and donations of food and funds for the operating costs.

Our Mint Meltaways candy packages by Worlds Finest Chocolate has been
the newest rave among the community supporters since the button blinky
lights were introduced to the deaf community at the Ontario Deaf Expo
years ago.

We have started fundraising activities to build up the stock for The
New Year's event.

Materials for the Deaf Latino Health Fiesta event has been developed
and ordered.

We have started on the planning our free Valentine's day dance event
next February. This will be supported by vendors who purchased booths
and we already have 2 vendors lined up for this.

We are having a Bowl-A-Thon next February 18, 2005 at the Westminster
Lanes and we are working this out with the lane management. We are
seeking sponsors for this event th help us cover the cost of the lanes
which is estimated from $800 to $1,300.

Drastic Social Security rule changes for Title II Old Age, Survivors,
and Disability Insurance and SSI programs such as outlined in\

renews our calls for self-reliance ideas for organizations who serve
the deaf and disabled and our very own idea, our California Disability
Gaming Initiative idea and that can be found at is an idea that works for
Native Americans. Why shouldn't it work for the Disability
communities? The proposed Social Security rules will limit appeals
and create a new process that is less about truth-seeking and more
hostile to applicants.

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Take a look at our new magazine fundraiser and this is one of the ways
you can help us do the good work for the deaf and disabled communities.

The URL is

Our blue van which we use to transport deaf-blind people to events and
we also use to conduct numerous fundraiser and education activities is
showing signs it will need to be replaced soon. We use it to transport
over 15 deaf and deaf-blind people to various events each month.
These deaf and deaf-blind clients who are unable to use the bus cant
qualify for our local ACCESS program since their system's rules make
it extremely difficult to do so. Therefore our deaf and deaf-blind
friends are relying on us to help them participate in our society's
offerings and that is done through our blue van. The wipers have
ceased working making it inoperable on rainy days, the transmission is
bad limiting our travel to local areas. Last week the sliding door on
the side fell off because the metal cracked at the top. The van has
been heavily used in assisting us with our mission and vision
statements. We would appreciate your help in getting us a new van
soon so we can continue helping these deaf and deaf-blind people and
our education and fundraising activities. If you're interested in
helping us out, please contact us at [email protected]

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ASD offers deaf children new ways to learn\

Deaf relay fraud must be halted\

Southern Indiana Center For Disabled Children To Close

Starkey Laboratories Debuts Bluetooth(R) Device for the Hearing Impaired

New hope for hearing impaired




The Orange County American Sign Language Meetup Group -
/ - meets each 3rd Wednesdays of the

The Orange County Deaf & Hearing Impaired Meetup Group -
38/ - meets each 1st Saturdays of the month.


Beach Blanket Babylon - San Francisco's longest running Musical will
have an interpreted performance on: Sunday November 20th at 4pm -
Interpreters - Sherry Hicks and Michael Velez
$25 - $75 Ask for Deaf Seating (415) 421-4222
Steve Silver's - Beach Blanket Babylon


We are planning a Deaf Latino Health Fiesta for the public at Tacos
Mexico Restaurant in Santa Ana that has been good to hold our
outreach events toward deaf Latinos. The event is on December 9, 2005.
6pm till 11 pm. This will go on at the same time as the Block at
Orange social events. We're just inviting them over to see our
outreach program as part of the 2nd Friday experience at the Block at

The address is 1227 E 17th St, Santa Ana, CA, 92701

Map link to location of Tacos Mexicos

The purpose of the Deaf Latino Health Fiesta is to introduce deaf and
non-deaf latinos of positive co-existence opportunities in the health
area. We will have material in Spanish of the various health
opportunities our society offers. Across the street from Tacos Mexico
is another Starbucks Cafe, next to it are Denny's and Popeye's, and
Tacos Mexico is between a Subway's and Taco Bell. Basically this
location would be a safer place to hang out than the Block at Orange.


DEAF Media at Museum Winter Festival

Join DEAF Media at the Oakland Museum's Winter Festival

Celebrate the diverse winter traditions of Bay Area families,
including Las Posadas, Kwanzaa, Christmas, and Chanukah with a day of
family activities, entertainment and a special World Craft Market.

Saturday, December 10, 2005 Noon - 4:00 pm

Deaf Events:
12-4 Deaf artist craft activity: Ron Trumble and DEAF Media
volunteers -- making wood snowflake ornaments
1-1:30 Deaf storytelling: Martha Aguilar

plus, Interpreted Events and, Other hands-on Christmas, Chanukah, and
Kwanzaa activities

World Craft Market featuring jewelry, glass, and clothing by local artists

Where: Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St., (1 blk Lake Merritt

Admission: Free with RSVP*
(without RSVP--$8.00 Adults; $5.00 Children/Seniors (children under 6

*RSVP: [email protected], (510) 841-0163 Voice * 841-0165 TTY

ASL and Voice Interpretation provided.

DEAF Media participation sponsored by the Oakland Museum of
California, George F. Sandy Foundation, DEAF Media donors and volunteers


New Years Party

Happy Holidays, Everyone!! Let's celebrate our new year of 2006!

Last year was a huge success! Be seeing you all there to celebrate
with us!

When? December 31st, 2005 Saturday nite

Where? Niles Hall 37270 Niles Blvd, Fremont, CA (cross street- G St.)

Time? 7:00pm - 1:00am

Cost? $20.00 per person ~ Early Bird before December 10th, Saturday

$25.00 before December 30th, Friday ~~ $30.00 at the door

How? order online tixs: OR Email: [email protected]

Proceed? All admissons goes toward to Deaf Community Center (DCC)

~~Great Entertaiment by VIKEE & comedians ~~ DJ/Dancing by Steve Longo
~~ Irish Chef Catered (appitizers) ~~No Host Bar (beer/wine) ~~
Raffle$$ ~~ midnight champange ~~

Contact Stacey K. Hughes/NYE 2005 Chairperson: [email protected]
<[email protected]>

check for Map & more infos

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Please visit our iGive store for your
holiday shopping needs.

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Final NAD Holiday Open House at Halex House

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) will host a holiday party
at its headquarters in Halex House on Thursday, December 1, 2005. Mark
your calendars and plan to attend this annual event to mark the
beginning of the season of giving and overeating.

Join us on December 1 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at NAD Headquarters to
"Celebrate 125 Years of NAD Advocacy."

The NAD plans to move to leased office space this spring. Later in
2006, the NAD will begin a Capital Campaign fundraising for a future
headquarters building in the Washington, DC area.
Come one! Come all! Enjoy your last visit to Halex House!

Spread the word about the NAD Holiday Open House:
NAD Headquarters address: 814 Thayer Ave. Silver Spring, MD 20910-4500

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Consumer Guide Available to Assist People with Disabilities in
Navigating Medicare Part D Drug Coverage

November 18, 2005

Bob Williams: [email protected]
Jeffrey S. Crowley: 202-687-0652 ([email protected])

Understanding Changes in Prescription Drug Coverage for People with
Disabilities on Medicare

(Prepared by Jeffrey S. Crowley, Health Policy Institute, Georgetown
University, with Bob Williams, Advancing Independence)

Washington, DC - Advancing Independence, a disability-focused policy
organization, released today a new guide, Understanding Changes in
Prescription Drug Coverage for People with Disabilities on Medicare: A
Guide for People with Disabilities, Benefits Counselors, Disability
Organizations and Others On Transitioning to the Medicare Part D
Prescription Drug Benefit. While many organizations are developing
helpful materials to assist Medicare beneficiaries through this
transition, this guide was written specifically to address special
concerns of people with disabilities. The guide was written in a
question and answer format and includes worksheets that individuals
can use in consulting their physicians about current pharmaceutical
use and in comparing and selecting a plan that meets their needs.

Medicare plays a critical role in enhancing the health and
independence of nearly 15 million people with disabilities of all ages
most of whom rely extensively on prescription medications. It is
essential that they be able to make the best use of the new Medicare
prescription drug benefit, said Bob Williams, Principal of Advancing
Independence and a co-author of the report.

Given all of the recent media coverage of fear and confusion on the
part of Medicare beneficiaries trying to make sense of the complex
details of this program and the extraordinary number of plan choices,
we hope that this guide can be a useful tool for people with
disabilities, their family members, and others who will assist them in
enrolling in a Medicare drug plan, added Jeffrey Crowley, Senior
Research Scholar at the Georgetown Health Policy Institute and a
co-author of the report.

The report was a collaborative effort between Advancing Independence
and the Health Policy Institute at Georgetown University. Free copies
of the guide can be obtained in PDF and HTML formats at Financial support for the
guide was provided to Advancing Independence by the Pharmaceutical
Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).

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Please visit our bookstore that has related books and different kinds
of assistive living devices at

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Lakeland Teens Feel at Home At School For Deaf

At deaf happy hour, all share language of fun\

Making theatre accessible to deaf audiences and actors

Disabled workers, employers win kudos

Quota Club raises funds for hearing-impaired\

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DHHCAN & NVRC Announce National Campaign to Solicit Input on Disaster

TDI Extends Support for Campaign, Deems It Essential To Providing
Quality Training & Services To Consumers and First Responders

For Immediate Release
Contact: Jenny Witteborg, Interim Public Relations Officer Email:
[email protected]

Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc. (TDI) was
asked by Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consumer Action Network (DHHCAN) and
Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons
(NVRC) to disseminate information to members, subscribers, and the
general public about their campaign to solicit input from consumers,
first responders, service professionals, families, friends, and other
community contacts. The campaign seeks to collect first-person
account experiences from consumers and professionals related to
Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma that inflicted unprecedented chaos
and property damage to the Gulf Coast from Florida to Texas. They
also welcome experiences with other man-made or natural disasters in
past several months.

Your stories are very important in helping us to improve preparing,
responding and recovering in emergencies. We will keep your name
confidential if you wish.

Some examples of information we want to have:

- What emergency did you experience? (2005 disaster emergency
examples: Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma; tornadoes; floods;
- How did you learn about the emergency?
- What problems you did you have getting information before the
- Were you able to get information during the emergency? How?
- What were your biggest problems or concerns during the emergency?
- Where did you stay during and after the emergency? What problems
did you have with finding a place to stay because of your deafness or
hearing loss?
- Did you need help after the emergency? What problems did you
have getting help because of your deafness or hearing loss?
- Who helped you the most before, during and after the emergency?
(For example: your family, a neighbor, a friend, an organization, a
business, a church, or a government agency.) How did they help you?
- What do you want to see changed or different to help you feel
better before, during, or after in a future emergency?

We recognize that many of the people hit hardest by the disasters may
not have the time or resources to tell us about their experiences. It
is very important to us that we hear their stories, so we ask that
others who know these individuals write about them or record them by
video. We want learn from deaf and hard of hearing individuals, their
families, friends, and people who have worked with them.

Please send your disaster emergency stories by mail, email or video to:

Cheryl A. Heppner
Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Person
3951 Pender Drive, Suite 130
Fairfax, VA 22030
[email protected]

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"The NAD appreciates the thoughtful response by the Gallaudet
Presidential Search Committee. The next Gallaudet President will face
monumental challenges that will have an impact on our entire
community. Without question, the next President of Gallaudet needs to
be ready to take on this vitally significant role," stated NAD Chief
Executive Officer Nancy J. Bloch.

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Do you shop at Albertsons or Sav-on stores? You can get a free
community partners card at those stores and then add it to our list of
supporters. A percent of what you buy will go to helping our Deaf
youth program. If you already have a school or other program that you
are supporting, don't worry, you can add your card to support our
program too! There are two ways to add your card. You can email your
First and Last name with your phone number and community partners card
number to [email protected] or you can download and print our
Albertsons / Sav-on Community Partners signup forms at and have your
friends, neighbors, associates, and relatives sign up as supporters
and then mail the form to the address on the
form. To reach our funding goal we need 25,000 supporters who shop at
Albertsons / Sav-on. And remember to use your community partners card
when you shop at Albertsons or Sav-on.

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New York, USA - These days the offices of the National Sports
Associations - Nation-Members of the CISS - are receiving copies of
the new publication book titled MELBOURNE 2005 DEAFLYMPIC GAMES
RESULTS, in which a very brief message is mentioned by Mr. Bill
Scales, Chairman of the Melbourne 2005 Deaflympic Games Ltd.
Organizing Committee.

Once again, the preparation and release of such a book is being done
inappropriately, negligently and unprofessionally.

And again, the CISS led by its illegally-elected President and
administrator-anarchist - Donalda Ammons - failed to do its
supervisory job in a responsible and diligent manner!

The 306-page book features many inconsistencies, errors and
questionable facts.

Randomly, the book published many incorrect first and last names of
competitors from various countries in different sports.

For example, the book incorrectly spelled the name of a 3-time gold
medal winner of the Games in the women's 400 meter, 400 meter hurdles
and 4x100 meter relay from the Ukraine - Zyerinsky ( the accurate
surname of that athlete, however, is Zverynskaya ).

In the women's volleyball, men's and women's beach volleyball, the
book mentions the name of the nation of Uzbekistan as the Games
entrant and competitor. However, the fact remains that there was not a
single athlete from this nation participating in any sports at the
Melbourne Games.

In wrestling, in some weight class categories, it is impossible to
determine or guess for any reader as to who placed first through ninth
in the specific weight class event.

The book also failed to produce the list the of the nations that won
gold, silver and bronze medals at the Games.

Overall, this Ombudsman spotted a record total of over 622
inconsistencies, errors and omissions in this 306-paged statistical book.

In retrospect, in 2002 the CISS very belatedly released to the world
its 19th Deaflympic Games 2001 Rome Official Results Book, in which
556 inconsistencies and errors were made in the book pages

Thus, Ammons and her followers have not learned any lesson yet, that
is, how to prepare and supervise the book publication in a proper way.

In addition, the past two months of this outgoing year of 2005 -
October and November - have vividly demonstrated Ammons' continued
incompetence to lead the organization of the CISS or now-called
International Committee of Sports for the Deaf.

Last month, it was learned that the Ammons-advertised and
"americanized" name of the organization such as "Deaflympics" was
removed from its official use. Now, the organization is, instead,
being called as the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (
not Deaflympics ). Then, this month of November is witnessing another
immensely disastrous project handled by Ammons - the publication of
this historical document called MELBOURNE 2005 DEAFLYMPIC GAMES

Thus, Ammons and her followers have not learned any lesson yet, that
is, how to prepare and supervise the book publication in a proper way.

In addition, the past two months of this outgoing year of 2005 -
October and November - have vividly demonstrated Ammons' continued
incompetence to lead the organization of the CISS or now-called
International Committee of Sports for the Deaf.

Last month, it was learned that the Ammons-advertised and
"americanized" name of the organization such as "Deaflympics" was
removed from its official use. Now, the organization is, instead,
being called as the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (
not Deaflympics ). Then, this month of November is witnessing another
immensely disastrous project handled by Ammons - the publication of
this historical document called MELBOURNE 2005 DEAFLYMPIC GAMES


Dear Mr.. Jean Laurent Bourquin, IOC Sports Manager

In retrospect, you strongly suggested that we should communicate
directly with CISS President Donalda Ammons to answer 10 questions
proposed by Deaf Civil Rights Advocate, Mr. Richard Roehm. At this
time, Dr Ammons has made no concrete effort even to acknowledge the
recipient of these 10 questions and , top of it all, no forthcoming
answers. Such omission as part of her responsibilities as president
of the CISS (Deaflympic)to answer queries or information from the
interested individual is clearly an indication that she is being

As a Deaf Sports Advocate, I am getting fed up with Dr. Ammons and her
associates, especially Gerald Jordan, playing cat and mouse game with
us. Again, I do urge you and your Board to do something with the CISS
(Deaflympic) of their 2005 CISS Elections frauds; failure to respond
to the 10 questions and their publication book of 2005 Deaflympic
Games Results filled of over 600 errors as CISS Obudsman, Rafael
Pinchas, stated in his aforementioned message.

It is my understanding that the CISS is under the surveillance of the
IOC in view of the fact the CISS receives funds from IOC. Correct me
if I am wrong on this matter.

Sincerely yours,
Bill Schyman , USA Deaf Sports Advocate

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Rethink ban on deaf blood donors\

Improving fire safety for the deaf

Disabled boy gets firefighters' help\

Videophones make calls easier for the hearing impaired\

College Fair Focuses On The Hearing Impaired


1) Assistant Professor at a California State University
All candidates interested in any of the job opportunities are required
to apply for our job placement services. Our intake form is at

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We recycle used cell phones, empty printer and toner cartridges! If
you have any of these to unload from your hands, please send or drop
them at our agency at 2960 Main Street, A100, Irvine, California 92614


Begin your journey toward self-sufficiency by becoming a .WS domain
reseller! Become an owner of a _________.WS website for only $10 a
month! Includes hosting, email, and easy to use website design tools
to create a professional looking website. And all _________.WS owners
automatically become .WS website resellers and it comes with an
automatic selling program. All you have to do is lead people to your
reseller website! The WS stands for 'website'! This is an excellent
self-sufficiency opportunity for people who want to be on the top of
the .WS cyber real estate market. Take a look at the ASL video at and if you're
interested in this self-sufficiency program please go to for an easy sign
up. Or if you do not know American Sign Language, go straight to the
reseller page at for a video of the program.


Begin your journey toward self-sufficiency by becoming a Discovery
Toys consultant! Discovery Toys focuses on learning through play,
with products specifically designed to maximize learning moments, has
proven to be a success as the company has now witnessed an entire
generation grow up with Discovery Toys. Many parents and their adult
children credit DISCOVERY TOYS® products with helping them to develop
core skills and self-esteem, which contributed to their later life
accomplishments and success as adults. Beth Koenig is your Discovery
Toys consultant. Her Discovery Toys website is at
Http:// and this is a great business
opportunity for people disabilities. Discovery Toys is one of our
supported activities through our Community Business Enterprise Program.

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Please join me in giving congratulations to the Riverside Football
team on qualifying for the CIF Southern Section playoffs. The
commitment by the entire school to produce a team that is able to
advance to the next level of athletic competition is a gratifying
accomplishment. You and the entire community should share a sense of
satisfaction and achievement.

Come and root the football team as we take on Campbell Hall!

We will be playing at CSDR home field under the lights once again on
Friday, November 18, 2005. The kickoff will be at 7:30 pm.

Please distribute this information to the general public.

Be seeing you there!


John Castrese
Athletic Director
California School for the Deaf, Riverside
HOME of the CUBS!
[email protected]

As most of you probably know by now, the House, last week after
defeating the budget bill with major Medicaid cuts and cuts in other
important programs (food stamps, etc.), then reversed itself in the
wee small hours of the night. So in the end the House PASSED the cuts.

The bill, passed 217-215. See how your representative voted at

Also, during the night, the Senate passed a bill that extends the tax

So we need to keep emailing and calling both Senators and
Representatives and ask them to be sure Money Follows the Person is in
the final budget bill, and that Medicaid cuts are taken out of the
final budget.


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If you wish to contribute to this newsletter, feel free to send in
news, stories, and opinions relating to the disability community. Your
support in this effort to move the disability community forward will
be greatly appreciated. We will continue to aggressively pursue
justice, fairness, and equality for the disability community as it has
been doing since November 1996. We have chosen
that EDUCATION is the best way to accomplish this objective.

The Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center is a community based
organization that puts people with disabilities first in their
advocacy for equal opportunities in safety, health, and productive living.

The Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center provides services for disabled
individuals and their families in our community who need help in
navigating the social services maze. Every day people go without
proper food, shelter, and essential medical care every day due to a
variety of factors including low wages, job loss, injuries, illness,
age, domestic violence, or divorce. While all of us are susceptible to
hard times, disabled individuals are at the most risk. With the
generous support of people like you, we are able to help many of these
families and individuals not only to meet essential daily needs, but
to work toward a brighter future with programs in job training,
education, counseling, elderly assistance, and temporary housing.

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