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.

Operating as usual


Update 7/19/2021 - The delays were mainly due to City Of Chicago inspections, permits, and up to code, etc... final permit received a week ago, full work is in progress, don't know when will complete or reopen.


Hello everyone, I am on board of SDC (spelled out)

Understand some people reach out to me if SDC opens soon? open when? To be honest, no

I am here to show you video of what's up in the deaf center,
It happened recently (actually last year) on March 8, 2020, one of the apartment units got on fire, all the damages from the fire by firefighters to stop the fire, everything were heavily damaged to 1st floor, let me show you a video, it won't be ready to reopen yet.

I know, people saying COVID Phase 5, should be reopen, but honestly, this place is not ready yet, let me show you video here is the center, this is what it looks like. That's not ready, still delays, women's restroom is demolished, nothing in there, still waiting,

Apartment Units are our #1 priority for completion, Then SDC.

Lets go to Vella hall see what it looks like (no carpet, new ceiling tiles completed), all is bare.. now you see it, means not ready.....what can we do be patience wait and ready. Kitchen is not ready,.. that means everything is not ready

Now you see means not ready, sorry sweating from owing the grass, anyway I want to vlog you what you see what it looks like now.. sorry be patient with this and there is another video coming up.

This is what SDC looks like now, this is what we can do, try our best and wait out the covid, delays due to code updates, I can't give answers, reason workers behind, on hold due to city of chicago inspections permits, rules and up to code takes weeks to complete, review and approve with permit, we have to wait and patient with this Chicago permit process..

When and will SDC reopen ???? I don't know, sorry, that's all I can say.

Other video will be posted, follow this page. Thanks


Posted on Illinois Deaf & Hard of Hearing Commission website:

The COVID-19 Vaccine Communication Card is available for the public to download and print. Individuals may wish to print the COVID-19 Vaccine Communication Card and bring it to their vaccination site. The COVID-19 Vaccine Communication Card does not replace the requirement of federal and state laws for effective communication to Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and DeafBlind persons, such as sign language interpreters or other services.




UPDATE: The funeral for Drucilla Ronchen will be THURSDAY March 18, 11am, St. Francis Borgia Church, 8033 W. Addison, Ch...

UPDATE: The funeral for Drucilla Ronchen will be THURSDAY March 18, 11am, St. Francis Borgia Church, 8033 W. Addison, Chgo, IL.

Drucilla Ronchen (70) passed away yesterday after a long battle with cancer. Her son, Andy, and other family members are making plans for her funeral. Her funeral will be at St. Francis Borgia Church. No day or time has been decided yet. Catholic Office of the Deaf will send out funeral information soon. Please pray for Drucilla and her son.

Rest at peace, Drucie. ❤️

Apple Stores offering free sign language interpreter appointments - 9to5Mac


Apple is now offering prescheduled support from sign language interpreters at hundreds of its retail stores in nearly a dozen countries. The service is provided to customers by appointment at no cost. Starting today, customers can visit the webpage for their local Apple Store and request a sign lang...

New Resource Offers Tips for Teaching Deaf Students Online
New Resource Offers Tips for Teaching Deaf Students Online

New Resource Offers Tips for Teaching Deaf Students Online

Tips for Instructors: Teaching Deaf Students Online, a new resource from NDC, helps teachers and professors ensure their course remains fully accessible and that deaf students are included in decisions about accommodations, access, and more.

State Deaf-Blind Projects | National Center on Deaf-Blindness
State Deaf-Blind Projects | National Center on Deaf-Blindness

State Deaf-Blind Projects | National Center on Deaf-Blindness

The contents of this website were developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, #H326T180026. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. Project Officer, Susan....







[email protected] OR CALL 312-534-7899 VOICE

[email protected] OR CALL 773-904-0104 VP





The Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission will hold its Remote Commission Meeting on Thursday, March 11, 2021, at 1pm. The meeting will be broadcast live on the State of Illinois website. The draft agenda can be viewed on the website – posted under Fiscal Year 2021 Meeting Schedule. A final agenda will be posted 48 hours prior to the meeting.

The Commission now accepts public comments. There are two options to submit a public comment for the March 11, 2021 Remote Commission Meeting.

Option 1: If you wish to submit a public comment in written, please submit your written comment via e-mail to [email protected]. Please put “Public Comment for March 11, 2021 – Written Submission” in the Subject Line. Your comment will then be included in the record. Written comments must be submitted by 4:30 PM on March 10, 2021.

Option 2: If you wish to speak/sign during the public comment portion of the meeting, you must pre-register prior to the meeting. To pre-register, please e-mail [email protected]. Please put “Public Comment for March 11, 2021 - Request to Speak/Sign” in the Subject Line. In the text of your e-mail, please include your full name, organization, e-mail address, mailing address, phone number, topic of discussion, and whether you will voice or sign. Requests to speak/sign must be submitted no later than 1:00 PM on March 10, 2021.

Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission
528 South 5th Street, Suite 209
Springfield, Illinois 62701
Website: www.idhhc.illinois.gov
Office Hours: 8:30am – 4:30pm

Note from Fr. Joe:Wonderful news!Fr. Min Seo Park was recently appointed chaplain of both Gallaudet University and the W...
Gallaudet University's new deaf priest a sign of renewal

Note from Fr. Joe:

Wonderful news!

Fr. Min Seo Park was recently appointed chaplain of both Gallaudet University and the Washington Archdiocese's Deaf Ministries. Hundreds watched his first livestreamed Mass in American Sign Language.

Read more: https://www.ncronline.org/news/people/gallaudet-universitys-new-deaf-priest-sign-renewal

When Fr. Min Seo Park, a deaf Catholic priest from South Korea, celebrated his first livestreamed Mass in American Sign Language, or ASL, on Feb. 6, over 800 viewers, many of them likely deaf themselv...

News from Fr. Joe: EXCITING NEWS! The Catholic Office of the Deaf, Chicago Hearing Society, and the Mayor's Office for P...
Catholic Office of the Deaf

News from Fr. Joe:


The Catholic Office of the Deaf, Chicago Hearing Society, and the Mayor's Office for Persons with Disabilities will offer FREE COVID vaccinations for DEAF SENIOR CITIZENS on TUESDAY, MARCH 23rd at UNITED CENTER.

More information soon. Exact information about how to register by THIS WEEKEND. Information will be at St. Francis Borgia Deaf Center 10:30am Mass this Sunday or check websites for updates at:

Catholic Office of the Deaf


Chicago Hearing Society

Catholic Office of the Deaf


FutureQuest Workshops offered by National Technical Institute for the Deaf/Rochester Institute of Technology. Free workshops to help high school students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and their parents plan for the future whether it is to go to college or work after high school.

Workshops are 1 hour long via Zoom for 8th - 12th grade deaf and hard-of-hearing students and their parents.

Includes information on college admission process and Vocational Rehabilitation services where assistance can be given in finding employment, funding college, or programs to assist with career decision making.

Look and check if one is offered in your state!



SDC will reopen in a few months, before this can happen...

Any interested to be part of Finance Committee, specifically to Foundation and 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 in Foundation 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 Board.

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

Anyone with new ideas are welcome to come on board and share with deaf community.

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


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.
Shop here and support SDC... Thanks...
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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.