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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Brain Disorders, Education, Educational Services, Health, Health Support

Mission: The Aphasia Center of West strives to improve the quality of life for individuals and families coping with aphasia by overcoming communication barriers.

Results: Last year, Aphasia Center members re-engaged in life's activities and interactions through over 4,209 visits to the Center's 12 weekly classes.

Target demographics: Individuals coping with a reduction in language (speaking, reading, writing) following brain injury such as stroke.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 78 individuals coping with aphasia

Geographic areas served: There is no geographic restriction, but most travel from within the Permian Basin area of West Texas and eastern New Mexico.

Programs: We provide conversation groups, reading and writing groups, caregiver's training, computer labs, book clubs, fine art, music and exercise classes.

Community Stories

40 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Randy29

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are the real deal. My wife has received their services for over 10 years. They provide outstanding leadership, outstanding staff and outstanding volunteers. ACWT has a deep love for those in need, at every level of their organization. ACWT truly and always, 100% of the time, convey the message "what can we do for you". And, that attitude of caring was started by the founder Kathryn Shelley and resonates through every person involved in making what the ACWT is today. My wife and I thank them all from the bottom of our hearts. Randy and Lisa Reynolds

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been a speech-language pathologist in west Texas for the past five years. I have worked for an inpatient rehabilitation hospital where I have seen and treated many individuals with aphasia after a stroke or brain injury. The Aphasia Center of West Texas provides a sense of hope and direction for people with aphasia by providing them with a future free from the isolation and misunderstanding many have to endure. The Aphasia Center educates people with aphasia, their friends and family, as well as, the community around them. As a speech-language pathologist, I feel privileged to have them as a resource and a next step for the patients and families that I serve. Every single person associated with the Aphasia Center is a delight to interact with! You will always be greeted with a warm smile and know that you are in the hands of someone who genuinely wants to help.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is nice to be a part of this program as a volunteer. The staff is very friendly and supports the volunteers and provides excellent care to their clients. I would highly recommend the Aphasia Center to anyone that might need the services they provide.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was first introduced the the Aphasia Center in 2011 as a long-time community member and was very impressed with their services, their excellence and their integrity. At that time I was working for another non-profit agency in Midland and loved my job but I also wanted to make a difference by volunteering in a totally different type of service so I chose the Aphasia Center of West Texas. In the years that I assisted with their annual fundraiser, they never ceased to amaze me, I was hooked!! In 2015 I joined their staff and now I'm even more impressed with the Aphasia Center of West Texas! From the outside looking in, they were fantastic but now, from the inside...I'm even more convinced that they were what I thought them to be. They do absolutely everything with the utmost integrity and distinction starting with their programming and into their fundraisers and day-to-day operations. The staff and volunteers alike treat everyone with the highest regard, it makes me proud to be included with this amazing group of people!! Coming into the office and hearing the laughter daily is such evidence that the programs provided for our clients are successful and meaningful to their lives. I can't say enough good things about this agency, The Aphasia Center of West Texas is making a profound difference in the lives we serve, their families and our whole community!

Client Served

Rating: 4

My name is Paula. I had a stroke 3 year ago. I come to the center because I am around people with the same challenges as me and they understand. I have learned strategies that have helped me improve my communication. I made friènds and they give me hope and comfidence.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Gary Davis. I had a brain aneurysm 13 years ago. The Aphasia center is a place where my voice is heard. I am surrounded by people who understand me and who have become my family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My stoke happened 6 months ago . I have never heard of Aphasia. We are so lucky the center is in our city. The center is a place to talk and not feel threatened. I would be bored at home. The center is cost effective which is really nice.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Ronnie and I survived a stroke five years ago. After my stroke, I was discharged from all therapy and was left wondering what to do with my life and new communication issues. The Aphasia Center brought me a community of people that understood what I was going through. It is a place where I can have fun and try new things. For example, I participate in the Gavel Club at the Aphasia Center where I work on speaking in front of groups of people, something I NEVER did before I developed aphasia. Ironic I know!

Corri W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They go above and beyond to support their people! Each volunteer is important to them and encourages their volunteers to develop relationships with the members of the center.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the staff of the Aphasia Center for 5 years. I had only private sector professional experience prior to working at ACWT, however, I find all the staff members very professional, friendly, and the most compassionate and hard working people I've ever met. Every staff role is unique and professional, and all undergo training specific to the needs of those with aphasia. The board members, families of members, and volunteers at the Center are a delight to work with, all with the singular purpose of making this the best place in the world for those with aphasia. Having volunteered with many organizations over the decades, I find the aphasia center very well run, and the perfect place to meet the needs and desires of those people with aphasia and their families. The ACWT is a life changing, happy place!