Deaf Shalom Zone, Inc.
In the 1990's United Methodist Churches began to identify and address the specific needs of their neighborhoods. "Shalom Zones" were formed in response to those needs. Christ Deaf Church already had a 100 year history of providing worship and community for the Deaf and DeafBlind Community of Greater Baltimore, now a social justice component was added.
Deaf Shalom Zone was incorporated in 2000 and acquired its own 501c3 designation. Since then staff and volunteers continue to work tirelessly and partner with other non-profit and government agencies to advocate for equal access, civil and ADA rights for individuals. Students from local schools with interpreter and Deaf studies programs often have their first first experience with the Deaf Community through Deaf Shalom Zone events and activities. Agencies providing residential or community based services to Deaf and developmentally disabled persons collaborate to provide consumers with social activities and a welcoming community experience. Case management services help connect individuals with the social services, assistive technologies, and other supports they need to achieve full, productive lives.
Together with Christ Deaf Church, other area churches, and local grocers Deaf Shalom Zone, Inc. provides a weekly Fellowship Meal and Food Pantry. Students and other volunteers present information about health and safety and items of community interest. Fans gather to watch local sporting events on TV. A public video phone, computer lab, and many other resources are available.
Seek the shalom of the city where I have sent you, for in its shalom, you will find your shalom
- Jeremiah 23:7
- Jeremiah 23:7