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Sound Recovery

Mercy Lakefront Housing – Constitution House | Aurora

The nuances of verbal and nonverbal communication can be compromised due to hearing loss; the result is an inability to relate to the world as one once did. Conversations become difficult, as does watching television shows or other performances. Those with impacted hearing may even have to turn to the side to better hear someone’s voice, breaking important eye contact.

For some Constitution House residents, these everyday activities felt more like obstacles due to partial hearing loss.

Enter Pocketalkers. These devices are personal amplifiers that “amplify sounds closest to the listener while reducing background noise”. Pocketalkers and similar technologies aren’t covered by Medicare or Medicaid, so for seniors on a fixed income (such as those at Constitution House), the gift of hearing is just that: a gift. Another bonus: these portable amplifiers are outfitted with headphones, which takes away the stigma sometimes associated with hearing aids; users simply appear to be listening to music.

“I’m partially deaf, and [my Pocketalker] worked well for the holidays,” said Rachel, one of the residents. “Now I can hear my family and they can talk to me and notice me and know something’s not wrong with me, that I want to talk to them.”

There’s no question in my mind that the scholarship I received opened up possibilities.

Marianne Renner

Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

A community foundation is a donor-driven organization that helps donors custom-design funds that reflect their charitable interests. Through the years, grants from these funds have made a significant impact on our local communities.

Sharon Stredde

President Emeritus

As a first-generation college student from a low-income family, I was worried about how I was going to pay for books and supplies. This scholarship will allow me to focus more on my studies instead of worrying about how to afford college. I am working to not only create opportunities for myself but to motivate future generations. Thank you so much for helping me along this journey!

Moises J.

Claude & Alice Allen Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Thank you very much for supporting my college education for these four years. I will never be able to repay you for the opportunity that this scholarship has given to me.

Julia H.

[Renewing Scholarship Recipient] Graduate of Hinkley-Big Rock High School

We chose the Community Foundation because of its reputation. It’s well known, established and we can trust them to do the job for us.

Dick Schindel

Richard and Susan Schindel Scholarship Funds

…you can always start small, even $25 can make a difference. Remember we can’t take our money with us. Even if it’s just your gift of time. Volunteer and get involved.

Cris Anderson

Cristina & Thomas S. Anderson Endowment Fund | Tom & Cris Anderson Colonial Advisory Fund

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