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September 7, 2013

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September 7, 2013

The Brain Foundation is an amazing organization. It currently provides 28 individuals with absolutely needed housing. Fairfax County has an incredible amount of the need, and the Brain Foundation makes a substantial contribution to helping in this area. It operates efficiently, with great sympathy and humanity.

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I would add a paid professional. It's an all volunteer organization, and if it had an employee, it would take some pressure off the dozen or so individuals who give so freely of their time

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 3, 2012

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October 3, 2012

My 42 year old daughter is served by the Brain Foundation. It has given her a sense of pride in her surroundings, safety and comfort in a home to call her own, and an ability to grow to be a good citizen and adult.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 3, 2012

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October 3, 2012

I have contributed financially to The Brain Foundation since it began. The idea of keeping mentally ill people in comfortable homes with affordable rent expenses is so much better than their being in jail or living on the streets. I have been a volunteer for over three and a half years. One story from a tenant was that her father who was in his seventies had to keep working so he could provide for her needs. She is now independant in one of our homes. It was a success story for both of them. With the purchase or our seventh house we will be able to house four more individuals in the next month. That will make our total of residents 28. The Brain Foundation board is totally volunteer. We are not paid for our time spent participating. I am proud to be part of such a talented group of professionals.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

June 18, 2011

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June 18, 2011

The Brain Foundation currently has five houses available to adults suffering with mental illness. Each house must be located within walking distance of a shopping area and located on a public transportation line as many of the residents do not own vehicles or drive. Each house has either all male or all female residents. Professional councilors are available to the residents to assist with any problems that the residents cannot resolve themselves.

My son has been a resident for the past five years in the first house acquired by the Brain Foundation. Prior to coming here, he lived with my wife and me for over 18 years. There was no available housing in our area. After 18 years on a waiting list the Brain Foundation opened their first house and my son moved it. All residents must be able to care for themselves as far as personal care, cooking, doing laundry etc. There is no “live in” staff. Residents must pay for their room as this is not a public funded program. Each resident is evaluated and a fee is assigned according to their ability to pay.

The purpose of this program is to assist residents with life skills outside an institutional environment. None of the staff of the Brain Foundation receive any pay for the hours they expend on behalf of the residents. They are a group of people who just desire to make a difference in this world.

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

Seeing my son become more self-sufficient and confident

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

Try to get more people involved to expand available housing in the Northern Virginia area.

June 16, 2011

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June 16, 2011

The Brain Injury Foundation continues to make great strides in ensuring those services and supports needed for their consumers IN THE COMMUNITY so that institutionalization is not the default way of life. KUDOS for their untiring efforts!!!

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

my prior work in state government where I was responsible for health and human services throughout the state

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

multiply their regional chapters so EVERY community had these resources

June 16, 2011

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June 16, 2011

I have known Trudy Harsh, the President/CEO and visionary of the Brain Foundation for over 30 years. She has put together a strong Board of Directors who conduct all of the staff functions without compensation. They have used their career experience in real estate, property management, law, IT development, grants management, accounting, budgeting, politics, housing funding, and other fields to establish and operate affordable housing without a high level of administrative overhead. The only administrative cost is to conduct the annual financial audit.

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The Brain Foundation has been able to provide affordable housing to 24 men and women with serious brain diseases in 6 of the Laura's Houses in Fairfax County. Another home will be purchased in late 2011. These people were either homeless or vulnerable to becoming homeless. These homes are helping the County meets its priority objective of eliminating homelessness and they have provided significant financial and technical support.

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

Recruit personnel who could take over various functions as Board Members leave their encore careers and become permanently retired.

June 16, 2011

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June 16, 2011

The story of The Brain foundation is told in the profile. My family knew Laura Harsh since she was a child and became good friends of the entire family. When Laura passed away and Trudy established the Brain Foundation, she asked me to serve on the Board of Directors.

Remarkably, The
Foundation is entirely volnteer and yet in a few short years has aquired six homes providing safe housing for dozens in need.

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I have personally witnessed the results of this organization by participating on the Board of Directors, a group of loving, generous volunteers and interacted with the dozens of mentally impaired people (and their loved ones) who otherwise would be institutionalized or homeless.

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

None that I can think of.

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