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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Brain Disorders, Health

Mission: To improve the quality of life for brain injury survivors and their families living in San Diego County.

Results: Much of our efforts this year has been to maintain the programs and services we currently provide for our survivors. This includes our monthly supports group meetings, our helpline and newsletter.

Target demographics: Primarily survivors of all ages, their a families and caregivers of San Diego County. Our website, however, allows us to reach the brain-injury community throughout the country.

Geographic areas served: the brain injury community of San Diego

Programs: Helpline, monthly support group meetings, newsletter, hospital outreach program, speakers bureau

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son recently had a TBI and the SDBIF has been there for invaluable support, information, and hugs. Susan Hansen and her team have been so engaging and helpful. She has taken the time to respond to all my emails and encouraged my son in his recovery. I find the monthly seminars in Hillcrest and Encinitas very useful; what i have learned about TBI through this amazing Foundation has been critical in my son's recovery. Thank you, SDBIF!!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An excellent organization that helps families and friends and survivors of TBI. We are so lucky to have SDBIF in Southern California.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Brain injury has ben caled teh SIlent Epidemic, and is even moreso these days with military personnel returning with brain injuries that often go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed for years. The San Diego Brain INjury Foundation (SDBIF) serves brain injury survivors, their families, and the professional and educational community in San Diego with meetings and a great clearinghouse of information for the newly-diagnosed and the long-term survivors. Unless you have experienced BI firsthand, you have no idea how all-encompassing the cognitive / memory / social / physical problems can be. But SDBIF knows, and helps a tremendous number of people each year.
My husband and I are Speech-Language Pathologists in private practice, although we both have worked in rehab hospitals. We were on the founding Board of Directors of SDBIF back in 1983. So we have a long-standing history of respect and admiration for the work done by this amazing organization. SInce BI survivors often have limited insurance funding and often are bereft of their former employment, financial assistance is critical. Donations to the organization are used thoughtfully to improve the lives of many survivors. There is an annual golf tournament, but the funds it raises can only cover a limited amount of the financial needs of this grassroots organization. For that reason, the help you can provide will help SDBIF to aid additional BI survivors and their families. Many thanks for your consideration.

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known a brain injury survivor and his wife for many years who have been involved with San Diego Brain Injury Foundation. One of the key elements seems to the attitude with SDBIF is that they are “survivors” and not “victims”. This helps everyone including friends, family and treatment experts to focus on the road to recovery, however long that road might be. It is an important lesson for life: Believe that no matter what your circumstances, never give up – never give up – never give up.