The Outreach Program was born to answer the needs of the deaf community. It primarily aims to facilitate the formation of other projects such as special religious education (SPRED), early resource centers (ERC), income-generating projects (IGP), and a residence for those who live far from the school. Outreach teachers are registered interpreters of the Philippine Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (PRID), catechists, and licensed teachers. The outreach project also offers educational sponsorship to deaf students who may not be able to afford formal schooling otherwise. Finally, Welcome Home is offering sign language courses to professionals (lawyers, educators, health professionals, etc.) so they can better understand, and meet the needs of, their deaf clients.
Welcome Home Residence
WHFI’s residential program, in partnership with the deaf's parents, houses select elementary and high school deaf students. Welcome Home covers the cost of board and lodging in cases where parents cannot cover the monthly expenses. All boarders’ parents are required to participate in a series of activities including:
- Update meetings
- Vegetable gardening education
- Sign language courses
- Life skills training (values formation, family planning lectures, interpreted mass, general tutorials, etc.)
- Income-generating project education (sewing, craft making, etc.)
Malaybalay Outreach Center
This center is dedicated to the education and ministry of deaf families in central Mindanao, an oft-underserved area of the country. Summer sign language courses are given to parents of deaf children, as well as professionals who work with the hearing-impaired.
Filipino Sign Language Advocacy
With the national mandate, and a growing sense of nationalistic pride in the deaf community, WHFI is leading in the dissemination of Filipino Sign Language (FSL) education. Welcome Home aims to produce an accurate and accessible visual dictionary of FSL. Additionally, individual words have been compiled into studying lists, which mirror the curriculum developed and tested by PRID. Explore the dictionary, search for words, or start a lesson; whichever you pick, just have fun!
As SPRED enters the information age, Welcome Home is pioneering the use of modern technology with visual storytelling methods that are natural to many deaf communities. WHFI is developing the most-thorough collection of FSL videos on Biblical scripture, catechism, moral theology, and ethical issues. This, coupled with our FSL dictionary, allows the youth to be engaged with WHFI’s ministry anytime. This is what we term the 'FSL Fellowship.'
Sign Language Courses for Professionals
Due to rising demand of professionals who wish to learn sign language, Welcome Home has developed an intensive, but fun, course to learn at the basic, intermediate and advanced levels. Please use the contact form here to learn more.
Current and Past Outreach Sites
For the current year, outreach centers have reached the areas of:
- Kabankalan City, for 40 deaf children
- Pontevedra, for SPRED Mass
- Escalante City, a residential school for the deaf under Fr. Harry Bloom, O. Carm
- Malaybalay City
In the past, outreach centers were located in:
- Iloilo, for SPRED and PRID
- Talisay, for Village for the Deaf, SPRED and IGP
- Capiz, a residence run by Fr. Romel Talabucan, under the care of Bishop Oniel
- Bohol, for SPRED
- Camiguin, for college support and SPRED
- Cagayan de Oro, for SPRED run by the Columbans and volunteers
- Pagadian, for SPRED and a school
- Ozamis, for SPRED
- Silay City, for SPRED
- Zamboanga, for SPRED and a school
- Davao, for SPRED and a residence
- Tawi-Tawi, for SPRED
- Dumaguete, for SPRED and PRID
Acting as an administrator for many local and international grants, Welcome Home responsibly sponsors deaf children to live healthy lives, engage in formal schooling, participate in values formation, and learn employable skills.
95 Students Sponsored in 2014-15
The Welcome Home Foundation, Inc. annual report will be published here in early 2016. Contact us directly for the past years' reports.
In partnership with the US Peace Corps, Welcome Home is studying the social phenomenon of deaf parents with hearing children in the Philippines. Education to help these specific parents is virtually nonexistent, and WHFI has lead the way by collecting the experiences of these families in a systematic, standardized way in easy-to-read manuals, and holding seminars to help these parents have greater communication and more fulfilling relationships with their children.