Grand opening of Hearing Clinic March 30

The Center for Sight & Hearing has announced the grand opening of its Hearing Clinic Friday, March 30, 3 to 5 p.m. at 8038 MacIntosh Lane, Rockford.

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. with Rockford Mayor Lawrence Morrissey (I); Center Board Chairman Jeff Layng; Center President Diane Jones; Lions Clubs International Director Terry Graham of Newcastle, Ontario, Canada; Illinois Lions State Council Chairman Dennis McMillan; and Lions District 1-D Governor Ray Hughes. The hearing clinic project is funded through donations by Janet Kjellstrom and a Lions Clubs International Charities Foundation matching grant with District 1-D Lions totaling $107,500.

For Your Information: The Center is a private, not-for-profit 501c3, community rehabilitation program. Its mission: “to help individuals with a vision and/or hearing loss live independently.”

The Center was opened in 1962 at 625 Adams St. through the collaborative efforts of the Winnebago County Association of the Blind and the Rockford Lions Club. The Center became a District Project in 1969. The current facility was opened in 2003, through the generosity of long-term supporters, District 1-D Lions and a matching grant from Lions Clubs International Foundation. The Center is accredited by CARF and received the Excelsior Award in 1998.

With the addition of its Hearing Clinic, the Center is evolving into one of the most comprehensive facilities in the Midwest serving individuals with vision and/or hearing loss. The Center service area has grown from Rockford and Winnebago County to cover an area from the Chicago/Milwaukee suburbs to the Mississippi River. The majority of people served are from Rockford and a 40- mile radius around Rockford. Requests for services outside of this area continue to increase. Through a federal PEPNet Grant, the Center also serves a 13-state region as an outreach site of the Midwest PEPNet at St. Paul Technical College in St. Paul, Minn. The Center is the only social service rehabilitation facility member of PEPNet.

The Center is proud of its expanding services for individuals with hearing and/or vision loss and invite interested citizens to join them at the grand opening celebration.

Tours will be given until 5 p.m.

For more information call 815-332-6801.

from the March 28-April 3, 2007, issue

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