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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Health Support, Mental Health, Patient & Family Support

Mission: Supporting Survivors and Caregivers of Traumatic Brain Injury, Anuersyum and Stroke. Brainstorming 4 Us offers support, funding, education, food delivery while helping families with a life altering transition of a brain injury. We provide hospitals and families our Brain Injury Resource Bags that are delivered to families for free, Holding our annual “Walk/ Run 4 Thought” to bring awareness and funding to the programs offered , monthly support group meetings, online support group.

Results: Brainstorming 4 Us has been a non-profit for 4 years and we have been successful educating the public, helping survivors and caregivers of many brain injuries issues. Our passion is for no one to feel alone and resources and support available to all.

Target demographics: Brainstorming 4 Us has no age group . Brain Injury is widespread in all age groups and throughout the United States.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Survivors & Caregivers of Brain Injury

Geographic areas served: United States

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Libbie C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was in a car crash in 2011 which resulted in severe TBi. Another mother of a brain injured son told me about this group which had helped her & her son so much. Lisa Moss, the founder, is so supportive & she knows first hand the devastation of having a brain injured loved one. Informative packets are given. Monthly support groups help us feel not so alone. Being with others who understand what this is like is priceless. I always learn something new and receive valuable resource information. This organization is a God send & I am so grateful.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a social worker and have lots of experience in working with non profits. Some have the best of intentions but they soon disappear or become corrupt, That is why I have such respect for brainstorming 4 Us, it´s professional, focused on the need of this unique population, and a great system of support for survivors and their families, and political advocates. TBI impacts and changes life journeys....I will continue to advocate for their services and refer clients as needed. Rosa Hurtado MSW

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My 19- year old daughter was in a car accident in Fenruary of 2011 and has severe traumatic brain injury. While she was in a sub- acute childrens hosipital in Orange, I met the families of Brainstroming4Us. The founder of the group also has a loved one suffering from TBI. Her tremendous strength and encouragement was probably the thing that kept me going. The families I met were wonderful! and extremely supportive as well! While my daughter is still suffering from TBI and may be for the rest of her young life, this support group will always pick me up when things are tough and they give me hope that doctors don't always provide. I have to believe that my daughter will speak, move, and walk one day, even its's just baby steps, and they encourage and strengthen me to believe this!! They are my extended family and friends for life. The group also helps my family to understand how to deal with everything. They look forward to the meetings as much as I do. Thank you Brainstorming4Us !!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

After sustaining my severe TBI, life was very unpleasant! For the first few years, things looked bleak for me. However, on October 21st, 2006 I attended my first Brainstorming meeting. Since I was unhappy with my current life, I was not too open to becoming a member of any group. I thought no one would be able to relate to me, no way. MY situation was different; I was different. Little did I know Brainstorming would later become a safe haven for me. I love my lady-founders, and couldn't imagine my life without them!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

BrainStorming4Us has been an amazing life support for me and my family. On March 22, 2008,I was reborn (T.B.I. survivors refer to their injury date as a rebirth). Due to life basically starting all over again. I was asleep, when my husband heard sounds, and thought I was having a bad dream. When he turned on the lights, he realized I was having a seizure, and had bit my tongue. I also suffered a brain anuerysm, and stroke, before the ambulance arrived at my residence. After being hospitalized, my husband was told, I probably would not survive, due to my critical medical condition. This did not stop "God" from doing what he does best......Granting miracles, when all hope looks blick. From what I'm told there were numerous blick moments. Hospice was called in at one point, but I weathered the storm through God's grace. There was a point in time, when my husband was signing paperwork to have me air lifted to Loma Linda Hospital to have a stint placed in my head to survive. This was when the miracle of "God", and medicine prevailed. My left brain critical bleeding ceased. the doctors stated they have never seen or heard of this process ever occurring. At that point, I no longer needed surgery on my brain to save my life. My husband was told, I would more than likely be in a vegetative state, and or need around the clock care for the rest of my life. I'm here today after learning how to walk, talk,reading, after a second stroke due to receiving vicodin,even though the hospital was advised of my allergic reaction to this medicine. My mouth and rt hand were twisted. Lft side parcial paralysis. Short and long term memory loss, which I haven't overcome. I thank BrainStorming4Us for supporting me, and my family. We love you Lisa Moss.You made a huge impact on our lives.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband was in a horse riding accident 12 years ago. We found out about Brainstorming4us a few years ago, and decided to attend a meeting. We have participated in the annual "brain injury awareness walks" and attend most every meeting. Just knowing there are others who share similar experiences has been very helpful to us.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My 18-year old grandson, Chris, was in a car accident almost three years ago. He suffered a traumatic brain injury. When his family brought him home, he was completly dependent on them for all of his care. No one in family really knew what to do to best help him. My daughter contacted Brainstorming 4 Us, Inc, and they helped Chris and all of our family through all the most difficult times by providing volunteers to help, information so that we would know what to expect and how to respond, and continued support as Chris has improved. They also provide an extreemly valuable support network for the injured person and all of family, including people to talk with that have personal experience with brain injuries and supporting people with those injuries. I know from personal experience that Brainstorming 4 Us is an efficient and valuable organization and that they serve a unique service that is not available through any other oranization in Southern California.

6

Board Member

Rating: 5

My husband was injured with a traumatic brain injury in a motorcycle accident in August 2005. Our family found no resources or educational information for families when you are sitting in the ICU/CCU units of a trauma hospital. It became our mission to help our family and other families understand what happens to the survivor of a brain injury and their families. Brainstorming 4 Us is a non-profit that places our Brain Injury Resource Bags into trauma hospitals in California and beyond. Our bags are filled with 24- hour grooming items, journal, pen, book on Traumatic Brain Injury injuries, rehabilitation, medical team and a glossary of medical terms. We now offer monthly support groups, online support, outings, meals delivered to families and our annual " Walk/4 Thought" to bring awareness and education to the public. We also speak with law enforcement and schools to educate on behaviors associated with a brain injury.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Brainstorming was a true God send for us when our son suffered a serious TBI. We had just moved to the area and were completely lost and devestated in the world of TBI. Brainstorming was like a lighthouse, leading us to hope and understanding. They anwer questions, offer serious support, brought us prepared meals, and they give us a place to belong.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I participated in the annual walk for thought and was able to personally see the help and hope this amazing organization has given to people suffering from TBI, and also their family members. Without this group the High Desert would have MANY people with TBI or with a loved on with TBI without a place to turn to. This group has helped give resources, help and hope to those who without it would feel lost and confused, and maybe even give up all hope. But with this group people who have suffered from TBI either recently or over a period of years now have their hopes restored.