Hello! I want to share that I was accepted to Gallaudet University’s clinical psychology program. After a lot of discussions with my family, we decided to go for it and move to Washington DC. I hope to study the effects of trauma and violence in the lives of Deaf children. It was a difficult decision to make because I love my job, I love living here, and I love the community here. To make the decision to leave all that required a lot of talking and processing… After that, we decided to go ahead and grab the opportunity.

What does that mean for me and DeafHope? You know, this work related to domestic violence, sexual violence, ending all forms of violence, community work, is a part of me. It’s not just a job. It’s not just something I do to just get paid. It’s not something I can just quit so I can move. It’s more than that, it will be a part of me for the rest of my life. I’m committed to this work. So, that means I can’t just leave DeafHope completely. I will stay connected on a different level. I will stop doing one-on-one appointments with survivors. I may not respond to e-mails for the ED team. I will stay on some projects and stay connected with DeafHope for the vision, long-term planning, and the ending violence movement.

I feel really lucky and blessed to have their support and encouragement in going for this opportunity so I can improve my skills, learn new things, and contribute to this field in a different way.

So what now? I will still be here until July. I will be wrapping things up, responding to e-mails, etc. If you want to chat with me, let me know and I will make myself available. After that, I will be available only on a personal level. So, if you want to chat on me, you can contact me. If it is a urgent situation that requires an urgent response from DeafHope, I will not be available. Amber and Aracelia, who are awesome, will continue to stay on top of things and respond to all requests. I ask for your understanding and patience through the current transition. I will be turning over some things to Amber and Aracelia, which means they will need to figure a new structure and how to split their tasks. We will continue to keep the community updated, of course.

Thank you for your support and love for this community. I also want to thank my husband Chad for his support and encouragement. I look forward to what the future has in store.

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