On Friday, August 19, 2016 CHD President and CEO Jim Goodwin joined Springfield College President Mary-Beth Cooper among others to cut the official grand opening ribbon on a new home for the deaf and hearing impaired. Jim Goodwin said it best “Something that’s going to benefit people in a very special way; people who have been under served. It’s a very special kind of a thing that comes around once-in-a-lifetime”.
Others present at the ribbon cutting ceremony included Massachusetts State Senator Eric Lesser; State Representative Angelo Puppolo; Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commissioner Heidi Reed or Deputy Commissioner Patricia Ford; Department of Developmental Services Commissioner Elin Howe or Deputy Commissioner Larry Tummino; and Co-founder and Project Leader of the Springfield College Deaf Group Home Collaboration Betsy Davison.
The Deaf Community Home at Springfield College is located at 35 Colchester Street. The home is meant to fill a void in the much underserved deaf community. There will be 5-8 individuals living in the home where they will engage in services, socialization, employment, recreation, and leisure activities. This house is meant to serve as a place of learning, community, and inclusion. CHD is happy collaborate with Springfield College on this journey.