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The John Pierce Centre

Ephpheta Appeal

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As we embark on our annual Ephpheta Appeal, we reflect on the meaning of “ephpheta” which is to “be open”.  JPC has had a full year of activity and gathering in our centre where out doors are always open to support the needs of Deaf people and their families. The John Pierce Centre is the only Deaf Catholic Centre in Victoria, and Deaf Community members travel from all over metro Melbourne and regional areas to attend our activities and receive specialised pastoral support.

The JPC are proud to have Auslan (Australian Sign Language) as the primary method of communication, and the Centre is purpose built to suit the visual needs of the community. Our Deaf and hearing staff communicate with our members in Auslan and all our activities and Masses are accessible in Auslan. We acknowledge the cultural right of the Deaf community to be leaders in their faith, community and organisations and we strive to be allies to this vibrant and expressive community.

The John Pierce Centre has been operating for over 40 years in delivering vital services to the Deaf community. We only charge minimally to cover costs for activities and services and do not charge for pastoral care and referral, so that all Deaf people can access the support that they need, regardless of their financial position. It is a place where Deaf people and their families can come and discuss any and all aspects of their life and receive support, advice and referral. Without access to a centre like ours, many Deaf people would simply fall through the cracks and miss out on opportunities that the broader community take for granted.

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