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Help Eliel Get a Speech and Language Evaluation

Organized by: Denise Rekem

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THE STORY:

Hi All - Eliel is a 5 year old homeless boy who was born deaf and went through 2 surgeries to get him cochlear Implants However, even with the impacts, Eliel requires very special speech services from his school district to teach him to use his voice to communicate. Before he became homeless, Eliel was in a wonderful school and was making great progress. However, after he became homeless and he and his mother had to temporarily move in with a relative he was put into another school that is primarily teaching him to sign. Since he has been in his new school, Eliel now refuses to use his voice and only wants to sign. It is critical that Eliel receive the services he needs NOW because the window for him to learn to use his voice closes each year and by the time he turns 9, it will be very difficult for him to learn to speak. A wonderful attorney has taken on this case pro bono. She has put countless hours into the case, however, without an expert report from a professional experienced in the needs of children with cochlear implants, it will be next to impossible to make Eliel's new school district provide the necessary services. The evaluation needed in this case costs $1,800. If the expert needs to testify in court, additional costs will be involved, however, understanding Eliel's needs is paramount in ensuring that he is provided with the correct services. Eliel's mother is unemployed and homeless and cannot fund this evaluation. We are hoping that as a community we can come together - many of us - and help Eliel. Thank you for your support. Denise Rekem

$1,133

 

63% Raised of $1,800 Goal

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  • Denise Rekem

    $100

  • Rise Dimson

    $180

  • John Hatleberg

    $18

  • Francullo Family-Norma, Thomas, Jordan, Emma, Sophia

    $100

  • Yonatan Rekem

    $25

  • Laurel English

    $25

  • Anonymous

     

  • Jennifer Biang

    $25

  • Anders and Cara Laren and family

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $250

  • Lisa Kimelman

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Roselle Pesce

    $25

  • Eileen Finn

    $25

  • Suzanne Broullon

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Diane and Marc Taranto

     

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Denise Rekem

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Donor Comments

Diane and Marc Taranto

Diane and Marc Taranto

For Eliel and Norma Francullo 2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Suzanne Broullon

Suzanne Broullon

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Eileen Finn

Eileen Finn

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Roselle Pesce

Roselle Pesce

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Lisa Kimelman

Lisa Kimelman

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $250

2 years ago

Anders and Cara Laren and family

Anders and Cara Laren and family

DONATION: $100

Because my wonderful sister in law Norma asked and we are so proud of the great work she does helping children and families...Also, because no child or family should be forced to forgo vital services because of poverty. 2 years ago

Jennifer Biang

Jennifer Biang

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

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