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San Diego Brain Injury Foundation

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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

59 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

SDBIF provides very helpful meetings every month, sometimes with lecturers that I personally had during my rehab therapy at Sharp hospital. They also provide many opportunities for brain injured people to play adaptive sports, and have various groups to join.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As 2016 comes to an end, my pride and awe for this organization continues to grow. This group has been tireless this year. I am most proud of the connections we have made in the community and the collaborative projects we have completed. So happy that we finished the revision of the family handbook and that we are working together to get it delivered to our local hospitals; that our fundraising has been successful--enabling us to donate to both the Brain Injury Association of California and the Brain Injury Association of America; that we were able to continue our mission to educate and support survivors and their caregivers; that we could sponsor the Walk celebrating the victories of survivors; that Howard House continues to serve the purpose of a safe and healing residence for survivors; and that we continue to look for other opportunities to support brain injury survivors in San Diego county. Feeling blessed to be a part of SDBIF

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I was impressed that SDBIF was staffed primarily by volunteers-survivors, family members, professionals in the field and others interested in supporting the quality of life of survivors. In joining this band of 'go getters', I found tireless efforts to raise funds, identify need, educate and reach out to other organizations to strengthen the network of support for the disabled. I am proud to be a part of SDBIF.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I Barbara Bates have been an active member of the Brain Injury Foundation for a few years. I am a brain injury survivor. I am very happy to be a part of this Foundation. I am with people that are learning strategies to cope with a brain injury. Before learning about the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation. I was in a circle that was crazy and a good life. I learned and believed that I have a brain injury. My life is not in a circle anymore. I have friends and people that are learning more strategies in coping with a brain injury. I am taking classes in their Acquired Brain Injury program at Mea College. I am learning to organize my stuff. I now can take a supply out use it.Then put it away. This makes my bedroom more livable. Along with being an artist. The Brain Injury Foundation of San Diego allows me to show and sell my art. I am coloring in an adult coloring books. It is very relaxing. I am learning to communicate better with myself and my communication is more effective to others around me. Mostly I am learning to be kind to myself and those around me. I am learning something new everyday about my injury plus I understanding things better. I am safe getting on and riding the bus. Best of all. I feel safe now.
I am a part of one big family. Thank you to The Brain Injury Foundation and Acquired Brain Injury Program teachers and friends my wonderful family and friends. I see differently now. I am very grateful for your support.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My 16 YEAR experience with THE San Diego Brain Injury Foundation has always been exceptional and timely. Whenever I phone them, I always receive prompt and totally helpful information, to aide me in my quest to try and overcome what ever obstacle I am currently facing. They have been kind and very understanding... (something that an ABI injured person doesn't always receive: It is an injury that, sometimes, doesn't show) The resources they refer me to are accurate and timely. Sometimes, it is just speaking with me kindly and slowly until I can get a handle on being able to describe my need. I feel safer because they are always there for me.... I have been, for the most part, able to navigate the 'mazes' life throws in my way, due directly to their help and kindness. We are lucky to have the resources we have in San Diego.... ONE OF A KIND!!! GREAT WORK!!!!!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello, my name is Raymond Ruffin, I suffered a gangolia stroke in 2011 and participated in the
SDBIF program on the Mesa college campus. It is the one major factor that have enabled me
to be a survival.

I met some the compassionate and caring friends ,teachers, and therapist there are to be found anywhere at anytime on the face of the earth. I suffered depression and cognitive
problems. These affected my self esteem, mental awareness, and memory.

When I withdrew from the program I was able to enter into mainstream life and function
acceptably and appropriate. I am still using the skills and understanding of my condition
to help me cope, and very well , I must say.

I am using memory and cognitive brain techniques learned in the classes taken during my
stay in the program, I even told my doctor about how competent the program is!
To this day, I still miss the day to day interactions that are common in the program and
I recommend the program for any patient that suffers a brain injury,no matter how sever or
simple, the program is magnificent and I can personally say I know of no one who has
participated that doesn't have high regards for the program, teachers, or comrades.

This program should be more widely recommended by physicians world wide, it offers
support and knowledge,understanding, and compassion for survivals and care givers
that can make the difference between thriving and just surviving!

THANKS SO VERY MUCH , SDBIF and ABI program

Ray Ruffin

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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!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful foundation that has allowed my wife to live a close to normal life that many doctors would not have seen possible. God had blessed my wife when he put these caring and loving people affiliated with this foundation in front of her. My wife suffered a severe brain injury and was only given a 3% chance of living and the the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation was the last step in my wife's recovery. Without the foundation I am not sure where my wife's progress would be. I will forever be indebted to this foundation.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We happened upon this fine organization a few years ago and have assisted them with mailings and other things. We are impressed by the caring folks who work so tirelessly for the many people they are helping in so many ways. It is hard to imagine a more worthy group.

1 Heike K.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The San Diego Brain Injury Foundation serves the brain injury community in many exemplary ways through its survivor-focused activities, such as Art Day, First Friday at Liberty Station (to highlight survivor artists), and excellent monthly educational guest speakers. SDBIF also brings survivors, families and professionals together in great events such as the annual Survive Headstrong Walk, the Golf Tournament, and the Friendraiser featuring music, art, food, wine, and crafts produced by survivors. I am proud to be a Board Member of this wonderful organization!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

In my three years on the Board, I never cease to be amazed at the dedication of those who volunteer and run the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation. The focus is always on improving education, advocacy, and support for our brain injury community. The SDBIF is intimately connected with local agencies, caregivers, and the survivors themselves and offers a wealth of resources and events to reduce the sense of isolation and confusion that often accompanies brain injury. I am happy to be a part of these efforts!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

SDBIF helped us so much when my husband suffered a massive stroke. We attend the presentations which are interesting and informative. More than that, it's good to be around people who also have the same experience and are dealing with brain injuries. SDBIF has created a community of caring support for us.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2001 my husband had a brain injury. We saw many doctors but felt like we were on a bicycle with no seat and no handlebars! Then we found San Diego Brain Injury and became involved. There is a huge variety of various ways a brain can be injured and you will hear honest testaments from those attending the monthly meetings. Each life of the person, their families, and caregivers are all touched in numerous ways. San Diego Brain Injury reaches out to those it knows about and provides informational help and suggestions. I would suggest if you are feeling like you're on that no seat/no handlebar bike that you reach out to this valuable grass roots organization.

Client Served

Rating: 4

There are several support groups in the San Diego area, but this one is on the top of the best!
Thay provide resource information and speakers that bring valuable assistance to the survivor and caretaker. It is because of this group that I have found my major contacts and information for stroke rehabilitation. I owe much to their efforts.

1

Client Served

Rating: 4

SDBIF is an essential resource and support for dealing with the world of brain injury care and recovery. TBI is one of those things no one can be prepared for.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

San Diego Brain Injury Foundation is such a wonderful resource here in San Diego. They offer so many important services and nonstop support to brain injury victims and their families. We are lucky to have them as a part of our community. Keep up the great work SDBIF!

1 dangardner

Advisor

Rating: 5

As a treating doctor of TBI survivors and their families, as well as past board member, I've appreciated the high quality of educational and supportive services of the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation. Its leaders are dedicated, caring and compassionate. I salute SDBIF's contribution to the San Diego community.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been aware of the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation for over 30 years. And I've been grateful for the generous support that their committed staff and members have provided to my patients and their families. The organization has played a significant role in helping my patients and their families cope with their disabilities.

1 Sarah328

Donor

Rating: 5

San Diego Brain Injury Foundation is offering amazing opportunities for people with traumatic brain injuries. I tell people about this organization knowing that any connection made will be positive for all!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Very informative, courteous and helpful organization! Appreciated their resources, creativity and willingness to listen/understand. Unfortunately, there is a definite shortage of resources and understanding in the area of traumatic brain injury. SDBIF is singlehandedly working to dispel misconceptions around TBI, educate and inform and advocate for a misunderstood and sorely underserved population. Thank you for the work you do, we are so very grateful!!

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.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I hold brain injury survivors close to my heart, as I have had many concussions. I feel like I can relate to them on a very very small scale. Since I had frustration with my personal experience, my heart goes out to those that deal with it on a daily basis and to their loved ones. My experience with the SDBIF started out participating in their events. I loved the staff, volunteers and of course the survivors. Me participating in the events quickly led to volunteering and now I am proud to say that this is the first organization that I have been asked to serve on the Board. I am now a Board Member. I couldn't imagine belonging to a better organization. The day to day help and assistance that they give to survivors and families is heart warming. The organization genuinely cares about improving the life of survivors, increasing social interaction, and serves as an outlet of unlimited resources for anyone in need. I am proud to be part of this wonderful organization and I encourage anyone interested to get involved or use the resources available. Thank you SDBIF for your hard work and all you do!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

San Diego Brain Injury Foundation provides hope, support and a community to San Diego's brain injury survival population. The work they do makes a difference in many lives and families.