Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse

Rating: 5 stars   22 reviews

Issues: Health, Human Services

Location: 1001 Main St Stone Mtn GA 30083 USA

Mission: Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse is a bridge of support for a person with a brain injury to transition from medical patient to contributing community member.

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

It has been my privilege to volunteer in a variety of ways at Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse. The members are happy individuals who thrive in this most respectful, interesting, and uplifting environment. The staff is unfailingly dedicated. The members learn and grow in ways that are difficult to adequately describe. I can think of no other setting more positive or deserving of one's support than Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing members who have become employed again, made friends, developed increased self-confidence, and learned to self-advocate.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

it would be that more people learn about the need and the important work done there.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

getting to know the members who are being served and the devoted staff.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, caring, and well-trained.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

grow and serve the ever-increasing number of people with traumatic and acquired brain injury in a setting following hospitalization. If memory serves correctly, the number with brain injury is greater than those with HIV-Aids and Breast Cancer combined!

Ways to make it better...

I had more time in which to volunteer there.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

money and money.

One thing I'd also say is that...

this is a unique setting that fills a need within the brain-injured population as does no other!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

Having worked as a rehabilitation counselor for people with catastrophic disabilities for more than 20 years, I have come to appreciate that the Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse is a true gem within the field of rehabilitation and community support for people with traumatic or acquired brain injuries. By providing a place for people with brain injuries to come daily to be productive, to share a laugh, to support each other, to learn from each other, and to teach each other, the Side by Side Clubhouse is unique in the way it makes its members feel "normal" and wanted and safe and valuable. So many of these characteristics easily get forgotten in someone who has a brain injury and is no longer the same person they were before the brain injury. The Side by Side helps its members to regain their sense of self and to move forward, with the support and love and care of the other members, its staff and volunteers, family members, and even the community. I have seen firsthand the good work of the Side by Side Clubhouse in helping members meet their needs and become productive and contributing members of society again. The Side by Side Clubhouse impressed me so much so that I chose to spend 4 years studying its program and outcomes and getting to know its members and staff in order to successfully conduct my dissertation research. But not wanting to disconnect my ties to the Clubhouse after my research was finished, I accepted an invitation to serve on the Board of Directors to further the good work of the Clubhouse and to ensure its future in providing quality, community supported, and real-world services to a much needed (and growing) population of people with brain injury. With over 1.7 million people each year in U.S. who get a traumatic brain injury, programs such as the Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse have a necessary and needed place in our community. Support to keep the Clubhouse vital and continuing is crucial and is where the most positive results will occur - to help someone like you or me who has received a brain injury to live as normal a life as possible.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing positive outcomes for the people with brain injuries that the Clubhouse serves, namely in helping them find and keep a job, instilling a sense of pride and accomplishment in the members, and showing them that having a brain injury is not the end.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I worked at Side By Side Clubhouse as an intern earning my masters degree in vocational rehabilitation counseling. This facility provides for individuals who have suffered chronic traumatic injuries (TBI) a place to come to daily where they are able to socialize and engage in work related activities in a setting where they are accepted by their peers and are able to receive appropriate rehabilitation assessment and services by the staff. The socialization aspect is very important because TBI's often affect individuals' appearance and personality; this can have a dramatic effect on their ability to socialize. The result is that often individuals with TBI's are marginalized in society. This facility provides a place for socialization which contributes specifically to their healing and ultimately to overall quality of life. It allows for respite for the families of the members because they bare a serious responsibility towards members' daily well-being. If this is all that Side By Side provided it would be enough to be a great non-profit organization but in addition, the professional staff provides counseling and rehabilitation services, service coordination with the member's medical team and other relevant parties, and case management services. The result is that the environment is created here where individuals with TBI's have available to them the resources necessary to achieve their personal, career and independent living goal. Side By Side therefor, serves us all by improving our society's overall quality of life.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have witnessed many members saying how much they appreciate Side By Side. They recognize how important it is to their well-being to socialize and receive the important services provided.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

The members of the Clubhouse are some of the most intriguing, gifted, and giving people that I have ever met. They touched my life everyday with stories or recovery and gratitude. Despite surviving traumatic brain injuries, they are productive members of society. The members run the clubhouse. In addition, they contribute to the community in so many other ways. In fact, the members give back more than most of us. And they give back with a smile. The staff is equally committed to the community in Stone Mountain as well as the community at large. Both the staff and members invest in and take pride in their community by volunteering and supporting community initiatives. They help with landscaping; provide art work for community fairs and day care centers. In these economic times they too need financial support to keep the clubhouse going. Let’s give as much as we can to keep this vital group alive and active in our communities.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

On a personal note, the members of the clubhouse have given me the gift of a life time. They have taught me about what is truly important in life. They've taught me how beautiful life can be when you have a positive attitude.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The Gratitude Group

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated, committed, professionals with a heart for the work they do.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make a more positive impact by providing more scholarships for potential members who need the services.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

Over the past 2 years I have interned and volunteered at Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse. The members and staff at Side by Side have truly perfected the clubhouse model. When you go to the clubhouse as a member, staff, intern, volunteer or just a visitor, you are treated as family. Productive activity gives the members a sense of accomplishment, ownership and confidence. As a professional (who was trained under the best at the clubhouse) I understand more about the human spirit and science of the brain/body. The members at the clubhouse taught me just as much (or more) than I taught them. Atlanta is so lucky to have a place like the clubhouse to assist, advocate for and empower the brain injury community.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have had the opprotunity to watch new members open up and push themselves to try new things. I've experienced the members even encouraging me with graduation and birthday cards.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

people who I still keep in touch with and plan to continue to do so.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

WOW! They could serve those with brain injuries that don't have the money, health coverage or support to go to the clubhouse. They would be able to add additional units that would increase the opprotunities for productive work and/or transitional work.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Clubhouse is a very special place full for love, hope, and support. The staff are wonderful people and treat members with the great respect and dignity. The members are committed to their role in the Clubhouse and are very supportive of one another. Clubhouse offers such a needed service in the community and allows members productive and meaningful activity. The friendships that are made and the opportunity to give back is very impressive. We are lucky to have such a great organization in Atlanta!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing what great work and outcomes are accomplished. As a provider of rehabilitation it is nice to know that clients have options post rehab and Clubhouse is the perfect place for clients to continue to work on skills as well as build new friendships.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

My daughter has been a member of side-by-side clubhouse for a number of years. The clubhouse has been a wonderful place for her to relearn socialization skills that were lost due to her TBI. She has been offered a chance to learn job skills that have served her well in several part-time jobs she has held while still attending the clubhouse. She has gained dignity and respect through her interactions with staff and club members. Most of all she has a community of friends who work together for the good of each other and the clubhouse. The clubhouse has been a lifesaver for my daughter. I am so impressed with all the dedicated staff and volunteers. I wish that there were more clubhouses around the state to provide the wonderful services my daughter receives.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

so many ways through my daughter. Also, both my husband and brother have been volunteers in the past.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

Side by Side Clubhouse and its staff are phenomenal! With excellent attention to detail, one-on-one interaction, and a smile, the staff go above and beyond the call of duty to serve their members. Each member's inner potential is revealed, their individual personalities are celebrated, and, best of all, they are so appreciative of the Clubhouse and remain very engaged. Traveling sometimes more than two hours to get the Clubhouse, members are committed to their services, and staff do not disappoint. All that is needed now are MORE Clubhouses! There should be at least three more in GA.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

working with Cindi Johnson, speaking with the members, and speaking with staff members.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would create more Clubhouses in GA and around the country, near every brain injury rehabilitation hospital/center.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Observing how much the members enjoy the Clubhouse and the services they recieve/

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

detail-oriented disciplined passionate above and beyond what is expected delightful

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build and staff additional Clubhouses around the country Hire more staff Expand the size of their building and parking lot Provide additional services and resources to members

Ways to make it better...

... nope, each of my experiences were wonderful!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

It quickly reaches its benefit ceiling when people who need the service are unable or not willing to travel far to get there

One thing I'd also say is that...

Cindi Johnson, the Director, is a Superwoman, and I just do not know how she is able to handle the managerial and administrative duties of the Clubhouse yet still know each member well.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

Side By Side meets people where they are and restores dignity and purpose to people living with the long-term effects of brain injury that continue long after medical treatment has done all it can. Side By Side gives members a reason to get out of bed in the morning and a place to go to be productive members of community. At the Clubhouse, they are able to contribute their abilities to productive activity, as well as stretch and strengthen those skills toward potential broader participation in community. Side By Side provides a personal support community in which individuals are valued as they are, rather than seen only for what they have lost. Side By Side provides respite to families of brain injured individuals while doing so much more than just parking the injured in a day care facility. I was constantly moved by how the clients focused on the positives rather than the negatives in their lives, on what they could do rather than what they could not, and by how thankful they are for the experience of Side By Side. I grew both personally and professionally by working side by side with members and staff.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing clients grow and embrace new challenges, watching some return to work and others achieve new personal potential. I grew personally and professionally by learning to meet each where they were and by being part of their wonderfully rich community.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing how much can be accomplished by working WITH, side by side, empowering people to achieve for themselves, with dignity.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

wonderful, caring, supportive, both giving and empowering, professional, and totally dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide scholarships and transportation to reach more people needing support with brain injury and perhaps help fund employment internships for clients.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

Side by Side is an in incredible organization that provides hope to many survivors and families who have suffered a brain injury. It is a program that allow these folks to improve on all aspects their lives as they relearn to become productive members of society and/or to live a quality of life. It is inspiring to see the work that goes on which provides the needed structure and support to allow people with brain injuries reach their goals. It is a place where commaraderie and fellowship take place which is imperative in accepting their new journey. Kudos to the staff and especially the executive director who has dedicated her life to this program and what is has become!!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen many of our clients who are referred to Side by Side do very well and become less dependent. Many of our families also have wonderful things to say about the program and they all feel very supported in their loved ones ability to move forward

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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