Letter From Director
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From the Director's Desk

Dear Friends,

Nov 2015 Listening Groups

2016 was in a word…extraordinary. Listen Foundation served over 240 individuals in its children’s therapy programs, parent education workshops, and professional development classes. We were thrilled to be in a position to offer the first Doreen Pollack Scholarship award to a deserving AVT candidate in their final year of training before taking the certification exam. We collaborated on our parent programs with two organizations working toward the same goal of improving oral outcomes for children in Colorado (CO AGBell and CNI).  We expanded our outreach in metro Denver and rural Colorado. By the end of the year we established a parent mentoring program to give new families an experienced group of parents who can help guide them through their child’s journey of listening and spoken language.

This year’s Founders Event recognized two leaders, Nancy Caleffe-Schenck and David Kelsall, MD for their exceptional dedication to children with hearing loss. This annual program also showcased the children currently in the program and those graduates who are wonderful role models for families of what is possible for their child with hearing loss. It was lovely to hear the children’s beautiful voices both spoken and through song.

This was also a year of greetings and farewells.  We welcomed new therapist Erika King to the referral network and Listen Foundation’s new administrative assistant, Kris Greenway. We sadly said good-bye to retiring therapist, Nancy Caleffe-Schenck and retiring board member, Winnie Moss. Both have significantly impacted Listen Foundation, the children we serve, and their families since the 1970s!!  What an amazing accomplishment for both individuals who are much loved, honored, and respected by all of us at the Listen Foundation.

For almost 50 years our mission has been to provide financial support for families in need of help in paying for this auditory based therapy method so their child can learn to listen and talk. This year we hit a new milestone, receiving 426 gifts from 287 donors, which raised over $250K!! This was possible because of increased grant support from our funders, a record breaking Non-Event campaign chaired by the Schlager family, and another successful Founders Event. As a result, this is the first year that our Hearing for Life Scholarship fund has a carryover balance. This is critically important as our commitment to a child is a multi-year undertaking and growing this fund will not only ensure that current children’s needs are met, but those future enrollments as well. 

We cannot do what we do without the generosity of this community and beyond. Thank you for recognizing the value of the services we provide and stepping up to help us achieve the goal of ensuring that any family who wants their child to fully live in the hearing world, has that opportunity.

With deep gratitude and appreciation,

Pat Greenway
Executive Director

January 2017

Plaque Presentation

Cherry Creek Has Heart!

Pat Greenway and Naomi Cohen of the Listen Foundation present a plaque to the Cherry Creek Has Heart Committee at the Merrill Lynch office in Cherry Creek. The committee is made up of independent financial advisors who have donated $15,000 to sponsor three children for a year. Listen Foundation greatly appreciates this generous and thoughtful contribution.

Plaque presentation 2017 

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Listening and Spoken Language Practice

1. Working toward the earliest possible identification of hearing loss in infants and young children, ideally in the newborn nursery.  Conducting an aggressive program of audiologic management.

2. Seeking the best available sources of medical treatment and technological amplification of sound for the child who is deaf or hard of hearing as early as possible.

3. Helping the child understand the meaning of any sounds heard, including spoken language, and teaching the child's parents how to make sound meaningful to the child all day long.

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