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The infamous "Black Friday" is upon us and the official Holiday Shopping Season has begun!  As you are bustling about pushing your way through the crowds and waiting in never ending lines, take the time to reflect on all that you have to be thankful for.  There are so many others out there that can not say the same.  It is easy to to pass by the bell ringers at every store front; keep your eyes down, pretend to be busy.  Afterall, you could not possible give to all of them.   But what can you give back?

At V.O.I.C.E. Inc, we try to give back when we can; our way of thanking the community that supports us and keeps us alive.  Coming up on Friday, December 14th we will be partnering with the ASL Club of Delta College to host our annual Deaf Children's Christmas party.  Admission for adults is only $2 and children get in free with the donation of 1 non-perishable food item.  We will be supplying a meal, games, stories and even a Signing Santa!  We invite you to join us, or even volunteer to help run the activities!  For more event details, visit our December Calendar of Events on our Events page.

If you are unable to help with our Christmas party, we also graciously accept donations.  As a non-profit organization, your monetary support is crutial!  By visiting our homepage and scrolling to the bottom you will see a link to "Support Voice Services."  Click on this link to offer your support.  As you know, we not only offer interpreting services, but also home staffing for individuals with disabilities and employment services to assist individuals looking for work.  Please consider supporting us as we support our community!

Whether we'd like to admit it or not, Fall is definitely here.  Cooler nights, shorter days, and children heading back to school.  Time for interpreters to go back to school too and with several workshops taking place across the state, professional development should be an easy find.

Paul Fugate kicked off the school season with a workshop on Educational Interpreting on August 25th at the Royal Oak Library.  Ideal setting for such a topic.

September 14th and 15th Trix Bruce will be at the Schoolcraft VisTaTech Center in Livonia, Michigan.  Friday evening will include a short workshop on voicing skills and evening entertainment.  Saturday promises a workshop on classifiers.

October keeps us busy with a DODHH Advisory Council meeting on the 19th and a workshop at Madonna University on the 27th entitled "Deaf and Hearing Interpreting." For Hearing and Deaf Interpreters alike.

November 3rd and 4th, MIRID will host its fall workshop at Kalamazoo Valley Community College.  They're still looking for certified interpreters to work the event and presenters interested in sharing their knowledge.  Visit for more information.

If you hear of another workshop that hasn't been mentioned here, let us know!  We do our best to keep our event calendar filled with all of the state wide events, but occassionally we miss a few. And if you haven't liked us on facebook yet, check us out! We post regularly about local events and other fun stuff. 

Hope to See you Soon!

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