New Date for Jeri’s House Fundraiser ‘Who Dun It’

It’s going to happen! Who Done It has been rescheduled for Saturday September 12, 2020, 5pm to 7 pm! Please mark your calendar and keep it in your prayers!

DeafBlind Who Dun it
a murder mystery Dinner to benefit Jeri’s House

Join Jeri’s House and friends for an engaging evening with dinner, fellowship, silent auction and the opportunity to support a great cause. Help us figure out the mystery of the high school reunion, class of 1965!

Saturday, September 12, 2020
from 5 to 7 p.m.
(doors open at 4:30 p.m.)
at
Westside Lion’s Club, 4135 NW 10th St., Oklahoma City

Tickets are $50 per person.

RSVP today with Jeri Cooper at jericooperdb@gmail.com or 918-200-6550 voice/text to ensure we have enough food.

Payment may be made at the door.

Silent auction items graciously accepted.

Jeri’s House Fundraiser Postponed

From Jeri: It is with a sad heart and tears in my eyes that I announce Jeri’s House fundraiser “Who Done It?” will be postponed to a later date. This event is meant to be informative and entertaining but due to the Covid-19, this would be difficult to totally engage in a DeafBlind environment when we are to practice social distancing. That is just not possible in a DeafBlind world! Please keep checking here to see when this event will be rescheduled. And as always, please continue praying for Jeri’s House that we always follow God’s guidance! God bless all of you! Hugs!

Jeri’s House Fundraiser Update

In just four weeks, Jeri’s House will sponsor a Murder Mystery Dinner “Who Done it?!” in OKC and it promises to be a very entertaining and informative event! DeafBlind will be the 8 characters all having their own interpreter or SSP which will allow interaction between guests and characters to solve the murder mystery of the class reunion of 1965! Come on now! Go back with us in time to the good oh days of 1965!

We will space people out at the tables and make everyone as comfortable as possible! If the majority of folks are not comfortable, then we can decide June 1 to postpone to a later date. I need to get some feedback! Please let me know your thoughts about coming so I can get an idea about food and if enough folks are willing to come and support!As always, please continue praying for Jeri’s House that we stay in God’s guidance! Thank you!

National Interpreters Appreciation Day

The first Wednesday in the month of May is National Interpreters Appreciation Day. To all of the Interpreters who make it easier for Deaf, Blind, and Deaf-Blind to ‘see’ and ‘hear’ what is going on, a big Thank You from all of us at Jeri’s House!

There’s not an SSP (Support Service Provider) Appreciation Day yet because it’s still a new occupation but we can’t forget their valuable contributions to the lives of Deaf-Blind!

Joe Fallin, 11/11/1946 – 4/19/2020

Joseph Charles “Joe” Fallin, age 73, of Tulsa, Oklahoma went to be with the Lord on April 19, 2020 at St. Francis Hospital as a result of sepsis. He was born and raised in Tulsa and was a graduate of the Oklahoma School for the Blind in Muskogee. He went on to earn his bachelor’s degree at Oklahoma State University and earned his law degree at Oklahoma University. 

He practiced law for over 40 years and was a champion for disability rights. In recognition of his work, he was named Advocate of the Year for 2005 by the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services. He was a member of the Metropolitan Tulsa Transit Authority Board for many years and he was President of the Oklahoma Council of the Blind for several terms. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church and an active member of the Unity Sunday School class. He was an avid OU football and basketball fan, as well as a huge fan of the Oklahoma City Thunder. 

He is survived by his loving wife, Allison; his brother, Richard Fallin; niece, Ashley Brady (daughter, Fallin and son, Laker); nephew, Brooks Fallin (wife, Sarah Jane) and Pat Fallin, the mother of Ashley and Brooks. Although he had no children of his own, he loved and was loved by Allison’s daughters and their families, Hillary Torres (husband, Luis and children, Miquela and Micah) and Nancy Koke (husband, Mark and son Jacob). He is predeceased by his father, Richard Fallin, mother, Helene Fallin and step-father Leo Gooch. 

A private burial will be at Floral Haven Cemetery in Broken Arrow, OK. A memorial service will be planned for a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Joe’s name may be made to: Oklahoma Council of the Blind, P.O. Box 1476, Oklahoma City, OK 73101 or Jeri’s House, Inc., P.O. Box 14192, Tulsa, OK 74159.

Helen Keller meets Anne Sullivan, her teacher and “miracle worker”

On March 3, 1887, Anne Sullivan (April 14, 1866 – October 20, 1936) begins teaching six-year-old Helen Keller, who lost her sight and hearing after a severe illness at the age of 19 months. Under Sullivan’s tutelage, including her pioneering “touch teaching” techniques, the previously uncontrollable Keller flourished, eventually graduating from college and becoming an international lecturer and activist. Sullivan, later dubbed “the miracle worker,” remained Keller’s interpreter and constant companion until the older woman’s death in 1936.

Sullivan, born in Massachusetts in 1866, had firsthand experience with being handicapped: As a child, an infection impaired her vision. She then attended the Perkins Institution for the Blind where she learned the manual alphabet in order to communicate with a classmate who was deaf and blind. Eventually, Sullivan had several operations that improved her weakened eyesight.

Helen Adams Keller was born on June 27, 1880, to Arthur Keller, a former Confederate army officer and newspaper publisher, and his wife Kate, of Tuscumbia, Alabama. As a baby, a brief illness, possibly scarlet fever or a form of bacterial meningitis, left Helen unable to see, hear or speak. She was considered a bright but spoiled and strong-willed child. Her parents eventually sought the advice of Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone and an authority on the deaf. He suggested the Kellers contact the Perkins Institution, which in turn recommended Anne Sullivan as a teacher.

Sullivan, age 20, arrived at Ivy Green, the Keller family estate, in 1887 and began working to socialize her wild, stubborn student and teach her by spelling out words in Keller’s hand. Initially, the finger spelling meant nothing to Keller. However, a breakthrough occurred one day when Sullivan held one of Keller’s hands under water from a pump and spelled out “w-a-t-e-r” in Keller’s palm. Keller went on to learn how to read, write and speak. With Sullivan’s assistance, Keller attended Radcliffe College and graduated with honors in 1904.

Helen Keller became a public speaker and author; her first book, “The Story of My Life” was published in 1902. She was also a fundraiser for the American Foundation for the Blind and an advocate for racial and sexual equality, as well as socialism. From 1920 to 1924, Sullivan and Keller even formed a vaudeville act to educate the public and earn money. Helen Keller died on June 1, 1968, at her home in Easton, Connecticut, at age 87, leaving her mark on the world by helping to alter perceptions about the disabled.

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/helen-keller-meets-her-miracle-worker