Holley Institute's Family Village Hosts Serbian Teachers, Deaf Student

St. John Providence otolaryngologists to share best practices as a part of humanitarian efforts

Jul 13, 2015, 17:26 ET from St. John Providence Health System

DETROIT, July 13, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Holley Institute Family Village will host two Serbian teachers and a deaf student for two weeks this summer in a humanitarian effort to educate deaf teachers from Serbia so similar programing may be replicated in the former Yugoslavia. The Holley Institute, a non-profit organization affiliated with St. John Hospital & Medical Center in Detroit, operates the Holley Family Village, where it offers educational, recreational and mental health programs for deaf, deaf/blind and hard of hearing children, adults and their families. 

Earlier this summer Ardis Gardella, president, Holley Institute, was contacted by Princess Katherine, wife of Alexander II, Crown Prince of Yugoslavia, and asked if the Holley Institute would be willing to work with deaf children in Serbia. The dialogue resulted in this educational effort in which two Serbian deaf teachers, a deaf student and her mother are visiting the United States and the Holley Family Village, July 11-24. The teachers will examine the Holley Family Village programs to learn how to establish similar programs in Serbia. The student and her mother will be able to take advantage of all the extensive programming and resources the Village has to offer.

In addition to their stay at the Holley Institute's Family Village, the Serbian visitors will visit the Van Elslander Surgical Innovations Center located at Providence-Providence Park Hospital, Novi on Friday, July 17 at 3p.m. St. John Providence physicians hope this new, state-of-the-art training center in Metro Detroit can serve as a training site for Serbian otolaryngologists, who can study innovative programs from St. John Providence and use best practices to enhance the work being developed in their home country.

Since 1996, thousands of deaf, deaf/blind and hard of hearing children, adults and their families from across North America have visited The Holley Institute's Family Village. This beautiful, lakefront setting in Brooklyn, Mich., provides a serene environment where children and their parents can learn, grow and overcome challenges associated with hearing and vision loss.

Residential programs offer unique educational and mentoring opportunities, including: education for families with deaf children, Youth Leadership, Art initiatives for deaf and hard of hearing students, Self-advocacy workshops for deaf/blind adults, and classes in American Sign Language.

The mission of The Holley Institute, a non-profit organization founded in 1993, is to assist the deaf, deaf/blind and hard of hearing by providing services and programs aimed at improving their quality of life. Because early detection of hearing loss is critical for intervention, Holley Institute volunteers screen all newborn infants for deafness and hearing loss at St. John Hospital & Medical Center.

St. John Hospital & Medical Center is part of St. John Providence, one of the largest providers of inpatient care in southeast Michigan and one of the largest employers in metro Detroit. St. John Providence provides comprehensive prevention, primary care and advanced treatment programs with more than 125 medical centers and five hospitals spanning five counties.


SOURCE St. John Providence Health System