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Annual Letter 2013

NVRC - 25 Years

NVRC Celebrates! 1988 - 2013

Dear Friends,

This holiday season brings a flood of memories as we celebrate our 25th year. It has been a privilege for me to be your Executive Director for 23 of these years. I thank all of you who have made it possible for NVRC to fulfill its mission of empowering deaf and hard of hearing individuals and their families through education, advocacy and community involvement. NVRC, originally named The Fairfax Resource Center for the Hearing Impaired (FRCHI), opened its office in Merrifield in 1988 through funding from Fairfax County and Gallaudet University. The Center's five original goals were: identifying needs and resources, coordinating and developing services, providing a focus for community organizations and advocacy, increasing knowledge and access to services, and considering the establishment of new services when none was available. NVRC has followed these goals and grown for 25 years thanks to our dedicated staffs, our loyal board members, and our steadfast supporters.

We invite you to join us at our Annual Meeting on Saturday, December 7, from 10 am to 12 noon. Enjoy a light brunch, meet up with old friends, and greet new ones. Learn more about our new Communication Access Fund, what we've done this year and our goals for 2014. If you are a member of NVRC, be sure your membership is current in order to vote at a short business meeting, after brunch. Contact Marla Dougherty at if you are unsure of your status. Members whose dues are paid will vote on the nomination of a new member of the NVRC Board of Directors as well as reappointment of others whose terms are expiring.

How successful have we been over the last 25 years? We could not have reached this milestone without you! We hope that your pride in our accomplishments will inspire you to continue your personal and financial support as we plan for NVRC's future. Below is a small sampling of what people have said about our services:




"My finances are limited,so NVRC was able to teach me about a personal amplifier . . . it has changed my life socially . . . I can hear in church and have better communication with my doctors . . . Thank you, NVRC, for improving my satisfaction of life!"An Outreach Participant "Really enjoyed the training and despite having numerous deaf and hard of hearing friends I learned a ton more that I never knew."Emergency Responder


"I have had a hearing loss for over 10 years, have worn hearing aids, and yet learned so much that I never knew...truly, I feel like I have a new lease on life with the increased hearing!"

An Outreach Participant


"I would highly recommend these programs to all older adults and any staff working with them. The presentations were superb and the information invaluable. Thank you NVRC!"

Senior Center Director

Dear Ms. Hess and Mr. Hauck,Please accept our gratitude for your assistance in facilitating an ASL interpreter for today's meeting with a group of deaf constituents. The interpreter, SB Morgaine of the Northern VA Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons, was quite helpful and impressive. She met with me prior to the constituent meeting to review protocol, and then again after the meeting to provide context for some deaf cultural nuances that arose during the constituent discussion.Ms. Morgaine's professionalism aided in ensuring that Senator McConnell's constituents were able to communicate their views without being impeded by language challenges. Thank you.Regards,
Russell M. Coleman
Legal Counsel and Acting Legislative Director
Office of Senator Mitch McConnell
"The presenter was assisted by a CART reporter, allowing sight of the words, as well as sound. The results were unforgettable…she was presenting information of amazing importance to those in attendance. This type of outreach is long overdue."

An Outreach Participant

This year has been a challenging one for NVRC. Like many other nonprofits, NVRC's funding has been affected by the federal government's sequestration and furloughs. Our Potomac Health Foundation grant concludes in December, ending our programs and funding for services to Prince William County. We deeply appreciate donations of any amount. Your support during our past 25 years has been invaluable to NVRC's ability to deliver new, innovative programs.The NVRC staff and Board of Directors look forward to welcoming you on December 7th. We hope you will enjoy the changes at NVRC, particularly the meeting room upgrades. A light (but special) celebration brunch will be provided; please RSVP to Bonnie O'Leary at, or 703-352-9055 Ext. 106 by December 5th.See you there!

Cheryl Heppner
Executive Director


Celebrate Communication 2013Celebrate Comunication
NVRC's annual outreach event for the Deaf and hard of hearing community. First launched at Landmark Mall in 2002 attracting about 200 people, then hosted at George Mason University's Center for the Arts from 2003-2013, drawing crowds of up to 1,000.Happy Hands 2013Happy Hands - A group of seniors who use Sign Language and meet monthly at NVRC for potluck lunches, trips, workshops and other activities! Photo 1/9/2013 presentation by TV weatherman, Doug Hill.
THEN & NOW1988: FRCHI's staff of three completed 17 trainings, workshops and presentations, and answered 1,416 information and referral requests.2013: NVRC's staff of 7 plus 2 contractors answers an average of 11,000+ requests for information per year. This year's reach into the community served over 6,000 individuals through our attending 85 outreach and advocacy meetings, presenting 42 trainings and programs, attending 16 conferences/health fairs/networking events, holding 63 support groups, providing hearing screenings to 110 individuals, fulfilling 103 technology set-ups/troubleshoots/demos, and hosting Celebrate Communication. In addition, our Interpeter Program provided over 2,600 hours of interpreting and transliterating services.Download PDF file
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