Lt. Robert Skropits from the Mansfield City Policy Department contacted us about teaching an American Sign Language class to a group of their officers from different shifts and departments. The goal of the class was to teach basic American Sign Language so that officers could communicate with Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing individuals in the community until an interpreter was able to arrive on the scene. The class began on October 27th and was a 20-hour class over five weeks. We had 7 officers complete the course.

The officers learned how to:

  • describe people
  • describe houses
  • ask if someone is injured
  • talk about food
  • talk about the weather
  • ask basic questions
  • talk about places in the community
  • talk about people
  • talk about feelings
  • the alphabet
  • numbers
  • Miranda Warning

“This training is important to our community because access to information when it comes to interactions with law enforcement is vital to reducing wrongful arrests and maintaining the safety of all involved.” said, Tanya Haga, M.Ed., MBA, NIC, Director of Deaf Services at Catalyst Life Services.

Community and family American Sign Language classes are available at Catalyst Life Services. For more information or to add yourself to the waiting/mailing list contact Catalyst Deaf Services at (419) 774-2232.

Texas Roadhouse Fundraiser

We are excited to partner with Texas Roadhouse on N. Lexington-Springmill Road to help support the work of our agency. Dine-in or order out from Texas Roadhouse and show a photo of the flyer above for 10% of your meal to be donated to Catalyst Life Services on January 10th from 4pm to 10pm.

32nd Annual Catalyst Rehab Telethon

Save The Date and Tune In!

The annual Catalyst Rehab Telethon is our organization’s largest fundraising event. The money raised during this nine-hour period helps fill in funding gaps for our clients that may be struggling with mental health, substance use disorder, employment, or are deaf or heard of hearing.

This live virtual event will be streamed on WMFD TV on February 4th from 11am to 8pm. Throughout the day you will hear about the services Catalyst offers the community, the success our clients have had, and messages from our community partners. We are also proud to showcase local talent for your viewing entertainment.