Building Bridges of Communication at Family Retreat

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • July 21, 2015
  • 1 Comment
  • Family Retreats, Cause 4 Life

Katelyn and Beaudy serving the Fass Family“It’s important to know that people with disabilities can communicate like anyone else. God made them that way for a reason,” said Cause 4 Life intern Katelyn Casey as she shared about her time at Bison Ranch Family Retreat. For her, no one illustrated this principle better than the Fass family. When Jeremy Fass was a little boy, his parents dropped him off at the Tucson Deaf School and didn’t return. Despite this heartbreaking beginning, Jeremy is an energetic husband and father of three children. This year when their family arrived at Family Retreat, Jeremy was the only deaf person. But he took it upon himself to build bridges of communication: he taught deaf culture classes, addressing the common misconceptions people have and also shared stories of when people saw his family using sign language and thought that they were all deaf. After clearing up any misconceptions about his disability, Jeremy began building bridges of communication with the other families and STMs by teaching the alphabet and a song in sign language. He also built these bridges of communication on the individual level. Even though Katelyn was the perfect STM volunteer for the Fass family because of her Associate’s degree in Deaf Studies, she was still nervous about using her sign language. And her fellow STM, Beaudy, didn’t know any sign language. But Jeremy’s family welcomed them both through their contagious humor – you could’ve found them telling stories and jokes together in the dining hall, with Katelyn and Beaudy as part of the family! Family Retreat is a place for building bridges of communication, and Jeremy and his family demonstrated that words aren’t always necessary.


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Jeremy is the Pastor of Silent Hope Church. It such a blessing to see how God is using Jeremy in amazing ways to reach the Deaf community with the Gospel of Christ.
  • Aug. 4, 2015
  • 10:39 a.m.
  • Cheryl Wilson