Swoboda Deaf Center

Swoboda Deaf Center Chicago Area Catholic Deaf Center Foundation Our Mission:This foundation is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing a center for members of the deaf community, with a convenient, comfortable, safe, and social environment.

Our purpose is to create a "home away from home" open to all deaf regardless of religion and offer access to various programs, educational classes and workshops, events and social activities.

Temporarily closed

16th District Chicago Police Department

16th District Chicago Police Department

This weekend will be extremely cold. Please use common sense when outside. Please check on your elderly neighbors as well.

Ebony Club

Ebony Club

Ebony Clubs motto is One Love, One Family, One Legacy. Come join us as part of the family for Black Deaf Awareness Week where we will be playing games, discussing history, having deep conversations, and learning from alumni of RIT/NTID! You do not want to miss it! Come check it out and show us some love!

Here’s link for registration for NPS on Feb 12th: http://cglink.me/2d1/r995466

Graphic titled “Black Deaf Awareness Week” on green, yellow, and red rectangle with burly pictures. The background color is black and It includes 5 red, green and yellow boxes: “Feb 08,” “Feb 09,” “Feb 10,” “Feb 11,” and “Feb 12” all with graphic events, zoom id and time. The logo of Ebony Club and “interpreters will be provided. In Feb 08, it says, “Introduction to Black History Month, Zoom ID: 935 1224 8921| 6pm-8pm EST.” In feb 09, it says “Black Deaf RIT/NTID Alumni Panel, Zoom ID: 925-8672-4205 5pm-7pm EST.” In Feb 10, it says “Black Lighting/Charades, Zoom ID: 980 7373 6248 6pm-8pm EST.” In Feb 11, it says “Black Deaf RIT/NTID Students Panel, Zoom ID: 925 8672 4205 6pm-8pm EST.” In Feb 12, it says “NTID Presenter Series, ZOOM/QR CODE or LINK IN BIO| 7pm EST.” with QR code.



National Association of the Deaf - NAD

National Association of the Deaf - NAD

At the Super Bowl LV, WAWA's World performed the National Anthem in American Sign Language (ASL) -- what an incredible performance!

[Screen recording taken from camera feed provided by CBS Sports.]

Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

National Association of the Deaf - NAD

National Association of the Deaf - NAD

WAWA's World blew us away with this American Sign Language (ASL) performance of 'America, The Beautiful' at Super Bowl LV.

[Screen recording taken from camera feed provided by CBS Sports.]

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!

God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!


November 20, 2020

Dear Chicagoland Deaf Community and our customers,

Today, the doors to Swoboda Deaf Center (SDC) remain closed. The rebuild is underway, reopening of the center will not happen this year but hopefully early in 2021. All prior scheduled events will be cancelled for the rest of the year and new requests will not be accepted until the rebuild is complete and guidance from the authorities.

Thank you for reaching out to us with concerns and inquiries. Although modern technology we have nowadays make it possible to stay in touch with our friends and loved ones using various devices, that does not replace the feeling one gets from getting together in person. Swoboda Deaf Center was established with the purpose of having a “home away from home” for the Deaf Community to gather together for events where communication is fully accessible. The center also was open to the public who appreciated our service and the atmosphere at our center. Your messages have proven that the center does matter. We all at SDC miss seeing you at Game Days, Social Nights, baggo/sports events, meetings and private events to name a few!

As SDC remains closed, funds are stretched thin to cover ongoing monthly expenses i.e. heating, electric, insurance, etc. It was not even possible to operate at a reduced capacity due to the restoration work from the fire. Your contributions will help keep SDC afloat until it reopens. A fundraiser has been posted on our page. Donations can also be sent via mail to Swoboda Deaf Center, 7050 W. Belmont Avenue, Chicago, IL 60634 or via PayPal and Zelle to [email protected].

Donors will be recognized at SDC when it reopens. If you wish to be anonymous, please include a note with your donation. Also, if you wish to receive a donation acknowledgement letter for donations, please send your contact information.

Amazon Smile is another way you can support SDC. Search ‘Chicago Area Catholic Deaf Center Foundation’ as the charity organization and for every purchase you make a percentage will be donated by Amazon to the Foundation for SDC. Any questions, please contact us.

Updates will be shared periodically. With this pandemic our country is fighting, everything is uncertain. We all at Swoboda Deaf Center are with you in prayers that the vaccines will be distributed soon and that they will help flatten the curve. Please stay safe & healthy over the upcoming holidays.


All of Us at Swoboda Deaf Center

Update from SDC  - September 21, 2020The center remains closed until end of this year, the rebuild is in the works and h...

Update from SDC - September 21, 2020

The center remains closed until end of this year, the rebuild is in the works and hopefully completed late in 2020 or early 2021.

Let's bring in NEW SDC for 2021 - Foundation and SDC are looking for able body to be on Foundation Board and SDC for 2021 If any interest, reach out to one of us. See other posts on this subject in SDC page.

There is Fundraising page for Swoboda Deaf Center, any donation would be appreciated to keep SDC funds afloat into 2021 as no source of revenue was earned to cover ongoing expenses such as electric, water, gas, maintenance - or via PayPal: [email protected]

The rebuild of property is covered by insurance, again we hope to have this rebuild project done in time for 2021, however please stay safe as the center may continue to close due to COVID regulations and compliance, until this all clears out, please stay safe and wear mask.

Foundation and SDC miss all of you for private events, deaf community events and SDC Game Days/Events, and many more.

Welcome Fall, stay safe, keep warm until then.

Article on Caring for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Patients During COVID-19.  https://medicine.umich.edu/dept/family-medicin...
Caring for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Patients During COVID-19: A New Paper and Facebook Live Discussion | Family Medicine | Michigan Medicine

Article on Caring for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Patients During COVID-19.


U-M Family Medicine's Dr. Michael McKee answered COVID-19 questions live in ASL during a recorded Facebook Live event on July 15, 2020. Patients seeking medical care during the pandemic have witnessed first-hand the changes that health care institutions have made to minimize exposure to COVID-19 in....


Deaf community and private events have been cancelled through August. An update will be posted soon. Thanks to those who asked after things.

UPDATE: There have been delays here and there. Repairs have not begun on the roof yet. With that, more events have to be cancelled. We are not sure when SDC will reopen at this point. Your concerns & support are very much appreciated!

List of Chicago COVID-19 response funds, mutual aid, and support services

List of mutual aid networks and resources for Chicago, pulled together by ADA25 Member Keidra Chaney. Received this info via email from Amber Smock at Access Living.


A list of Chicago based mutual aid, response funds, crowdfunding and support services. Please email Keidra or contact @kdc on Twitter to add any new resources to this list. We’re in this together!

CHS Domestic Violence Program

CHS Domestic Violence Program

The mission of CHS Domestic Violence Program is providing communication access; hearing and assistive technologies and support services for persons who are Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing.



Live in ASL: White House Coronavirus Task Force Briefing March 22nd, 2020


March 17, 2020

To our Customers,

With regrets, we at Swoboda Deaf Center have decided to cancel all the upcoming events from now through the end of April. Our reason is two-fold. You may have or may not have heard, but there was a fire in one of the apartment units above our center on Sunday, March 8th. There is significant fire damage on the 2nd floor and there is also water damage in the center. Demolition is still underway on both floors. Then there is the pandemic spread of COVID-19 coronavirus.

This COVID-19 outbreak is an event unique in our lifetime. Diseases and epidemics have occurred in our history and medical advances have protected many of us from such outbreaks. While we are continuing to learn and absorb information on the danger of this coronavirus, Center on Disease Control (CDC) has provided guidelines for us to follow to slow the spread of this coronavirus. As of March 16th, they recommended that no gatherings of more than 10 people to take place which led us to our decision.

Full refunds are sent to customers who have put down payments. As for our center returning to normal operations, we are uncertain. Restoration clearly will take some time, but with the closings due to COVID-19 outbreak, the demolition and restoration process may be held up. Please do check our page or website for updates.

Stay safe.


Swoboda Deaf Center


Update as of March 10, 2020

Fire originated by one of the apartment unit that had spread over to other apartment units above SDC.

All of the tenants are safe and have place to stay. Pictures and videos you see on FB posts are valid/real

Comments/posts on other people's FB pages may not be real or wrong information.

Follow this page to get accurate information and updates, feel free to share on with facts in comments or other pages.

Swoboda Deaf Center Status -

SDC did not have any fire damages

SDC - specifically Community Hall area (library, pop/water bar, game day/night held at), restrooms, had water damages from above.

Vella Hall and SDC office, kitchen were not affected. Vella Hall is filled with all chairs, tables, things from Community Hall moved to this room.

SDC will be closed for the next three weeks, while the works are in progress. we apoplogize of any inconvence for those who had planned events at the center.

SDC will come back in no time, with your help. see other post on this page..

Thanks... Ed Glennon


View Barbara Keiner's Obituary and express your condolences
View Barbara Keiner's Obituary and express your condolences

View Barbara Keiner's Obituary and express your condolences

Barbara Keiner passed away on March 7, 2020 at the age of 71 in Chicago, Illinois. Funeral Home Services for Barbara are being provided by Schielka Addison Street. The obituary was featured in Chicago Tribune on March 9, 2020.

Chicago Catholic Office of the Deaf

Chicago Catholic Office of the Deaf

Saturday night our beloved friend Barbara Keiner passed peacefully.

Visitation Weds, Mar 11, 3 to 9 pm at Schielka Addison Funeral Home, 7710 W. Addison, Chicago. Fr Joe Mulcrone will celebrate the funeral Mass at St Francis Borgia Deaf Center, 8025 W Addison, Chicago on Thurs March 12 at 10:30 am. Interment at Queen of Heaven cemetery, 1400 S. Wolf Road, Hillside.


We are sad to share that there has been a fire in one of the units above our center. Thanks goes out to Chicago Fire Department for doing a great job putting out the fire and luckily no one was injured. Please be patient with us as an investigation is underway. Further information will be shared when we know more. Thank you.



If you have any pictures of Barbara at SDC that you would not mind sharing, please send them to [email protected].

Uploading pictures for the memorial service, of Barbara at her best! She absolutely loved working at SDC and meeting new and old faces! Her presence will be very much missed!

Rest in Peace - Pray for her, family, friends and will be missed by many and SDC.

Rest in Peace - Pray for her, family, friends and will be missed by many and SDC.

Swoboda Deaf Center

Swoboda Deaf Center

Any interested to be part of Finance Committee, specifically to SDC operation finances, preferable with knowledge to Quickbooks and Excel and general bookkeeping/forecasting experience helpful. Contact Ed Glennon for more information if interested. This is to keep SDC and Deaf Community on the go into the future...

Finance Committee will review and establish new programs at SDC, we cannot do without your inputs and be part of team.

Several position in Foundation Board and SDC are open for the deaf community to be part of SDC.

Foundation - President, VP, Secretary, Finance Chair and committee.

SDC - Staff for the center during events (opening/closing)
SDC Operation Treasurer

Questions, post on here, we will respond, or email us if preferred, thanks

Chicago Catholic Office of the Deaf

Chicago Catholic Office of the Deaf

Dear friends,

Barbara Keiner is in Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge. She is in Hospice Care. She is happy to have visitors. However, she tires easily. If you wish to visit her, please do NOT stay for too long.
Barbara does not have very long to live. Please pray for her and her family.


7050 W Belmont Ave
Chicago, IL


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I am as assistance chairperson to host the Super Bowl Party at Swoboda Deaf Center. The super Bowl game start at 530pm. The center is open at 100pm as long to play some baggo, poker or switch game until the game start with 4 large tv screen. Cost at the door as $10.00 and bring some POTLUCK as snack, side dish and dessert to share. I am service hot and cold cut sandwich and popcorn as provided. BYOB with your own cooler and we are sell pops and water. Wear any of your favorite football jersey. Come and join us! Any question inbox to me.
This week! Don't forget to get your tickets on eventbrite.com
https://www.apartments.com/7050-w-belmont-ave-chicago-il-unit-203/thgztg8/ 2nd unit - 3 bedroom will be available soon. Serious inquiries, contact Ed Glennon.
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Hello Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing Community members, Do you ever wonder what it is like in Criminal Courthouse & see actual court proceedings? Do you want to meet and talk with the Judge? Here's your opportunity.......... There is an upcoming Court Tour that will be interpreted by Circuit Court of Cook County staff, Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI) and Certified Hearing Interpreter (CHI). Also, there will be a brief presentation given by Deaf & Hard of Hearing Access office. See flyer attached. Tour Highlights: • Meet with a Circuit Court Judge • Learn about the trial process • Visit a courtroom to observe an actual trial in progress • Join in an informative presentation by Deaf and Hard of Hearing Access (DHHA) Team Date: Tuesday, October 9th-- Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Community Members Time: 9:30am to 12:30pm Location: George N. Leighton (aka 26th/California) Courthouse; 2650 S. California Ave, Chicago, IL Space Limited: 35 individuals per tour date Must reserve a spot by contacting: • Email: [email protected] • Call/VP: 312-603-9187 This information is shareable.
I have a Ultratec TTY. Would anyone at Swaboda want it? I will donate it.