We’re Hiring!

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BIND has an immediate opening for a Program Director and a Unit Coordinator.  To apply, send a cover letter with your resume by email to info@thebind.org or by fax to 972-769-2464.

Job Descriptions can be found here: Program Director, Unit Coordinator

Have you heard the BIG news? 

The Moody Foundation has awarded us with a lead gift to support capacity growth.  We’re thrilled to partner with them to ensure that brain injury survivors in the Dallas area can join our program.  Because of their support, we’ll be able to do even more to fuel hope, restore purpose and connect survivors to the community.

Stroke: The More You Know

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Stroke Awareness Facts 

(From The National Stroke Association)

May is National Stroke Awareness Month when the National Stroke Association is turning its attention to the alarming number of strokes in young Americans. Over the last decade, there has been a spike of 44% in the number of young Americans (under 45 years) hospitalized due to stroke. This animated video, “Young Stroke: An Unexpected Reality,” focuses on the unique challenges faced by young stroke survivors and offers a wide range of resources to support stroke survivors in their recovery journeys.

There are two main types of stroke — ischemic and hemorrhagic. Ischemic stroke is more common and occurs when blood flow to a part or parts of the brain is stopped by a blockage in a vessel. Hemorrhagic stroke is more deadly and occurs when a weakened vessel tears or ruptures, diverting blood flow from its normal course and instead leaking or spilling it into or around the brain itself.

  • Hemorrhagic (bleed) stroke accounts for about 13 percent of stroke cases.
  • Ischemic (clot) stroke accounts for about 87 percent of all cases.Where does the data lead after someone has a stroke? 
    * 10% of stroke survivors recover almost completely
    * 25% recover with minor impairments
    * 40% experience moderate to severe impairments requiring special care
    * 10% require care within either a skilled-care or other long-term care facility
    * 15% die shortly after the stroke

 

#ourvolunteersareawesome

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THANK YOU TO OUR VOLUNTEERS!

“Here’s a Shout Out! to all the volunteers that give their time and especially those that bring special crafts or spend extra time helping get things prepared for events. You’re awesome!”
~ David

“For ALL our Volunteers, Board Members, Sponsors, and Mrs. Valerie, I want to say THANK YOU ALL for your time, your interest, and money that y’all have invested into BIND. If it wasn’t for Valerie’s vision of BIND, we wouldn’t be where we are now. I know BIND has changed my life in many ways. I get up every morning looking forward in going to BIND. I LOVE helping other people.
~ The thoughts and feelings of Kevin McIntyre (COWBOY).

“All Volunteers and Sponsors: Thank you for all that you do. You are Angels! I appreciate your time, effort, kind heart and good attitude. You are a blessing to all BIND members! God bless you.”
~ Sincerely,  Mark

“Thank you to all of our Volunteers. The countless hours you put into support BIND IS AMAZING, Okay maybe not countless, because I add them up monthly. Your support does not go unnoticed as it is felt with every goal we accomplish as a team.”
~ Carrie

“I’m so happy with our volunteers for taking their time to bring happiness, laughter and proper knowledge. Not to mention how much they help members be active.”
~ Yvette

 

 

Explore the WOW!

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BIND was pleased to host 2 student interns from the World of Work program at UTD’s Career Center.  Clearly a reflection of their dedication to learning, Aamna and Arjun elected to spend their Spring Break with our organization instead of taking a vacation.  Here’s what they shared about us after their experience:

“I wanted to let you know I had a wonderful time at BIND, and wanted to thank you for giving me the opportunity to see what great work BIND is doing.  I’m very grateful that you took time out of your busy schedule to accommodate us last week.

First of all, I would like to thank you and all the members for the lovely card. It was such a nice surprise and made my time spent at BIND more special. I would easily say getting to know the members and learning to play Rummikub will be something I’ll always look back on. Karl will be happy to hear that it has now become one of my favorite board games, as he was the one who first taught it to Arjun and I, on our first day.

Within those short three days, I became very easily acquainted with the members and the processes. Personally, for me, it was an eye-opening experience getting to know the members who went through some tough periods with their injuries, and after all that, they were reaching out to support others who have gone through the trauma of it all. The atmosphere at BIND was simply inspiring, and remarkable. It was interesting to see how the different setup was running so efficiently. It just proved that you don’t always need to follow the book, and sometimes make another path for yourself.

I would like to thank you again for allowing us to join you at BIND and letting us get involved in it. It was a wonderful opportunity, and I am glad I spent my spring break at BIND. Seeing how BIND is giving back to the community, I would love to come back again and volunteer if you would have me. I am eager to lend my hand.

My warm regards to all the members.”

~Aamna

“I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to work with you and the BIND this past week. I really appreciate the time you took out of your day to show me this amazing side of brain trauma that I did not know existed.

What struck me most about the BIND and its members was how much everyone operated like a family. The friendly banter and teasing between members and the overall friendliness and openness really made me feel welcome within the group. I was able to learn about the difficulties that come with TBI’s and how the organization and fellowship meant something different, but equally as important, to each member. It truly was an eye opening experience.

Thank you again for this incredible experience. I would love to come back to the BIND as a volunteer. Please let me know if I can in any way be of help to you and the organization.”

~Arjun

Support Group Value ~ by Carrie & Karl

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VALUE OF SUPPORT GROUPS

By Carrie & Karl

Any type of Support group can be scary at first but they all have benefits. Let’s talk specifically about Brain Injury Support Groups, Why Go?

  • Initially these groups will put you in contact with other people experiencing the same shock and confusions as you. And will let you know that you are not alone in this struggle.
  • Sharing this experience with others “like” you helps you come to grips with what you are going through
  • They can be motivational and give you hope as you see how others are surviving
  • Get pointers on how to adapt to the “”new you” and ideas on how to accomplish different goals and to get things done in a different way
  • By just being with others that are going through this same experience, you become more involved with the outside world (i.e. society) and more comfortable with your uniqueness not disability.
  • It is a constant reminder the progress continues to happen all the time
  • Support groups don’t have to just be about complaining but sometimes you do need that avenue to vent.

Karl and I started a Support Group about 4 years ago at a local rehab hospital which speaks to those who have just acquired their brain Injury and go once a month. I always feel uplifted and positive after these meetings. These people do not even know what questions they have yet but I can tell after the meeting that we have instilled a little bit of hope and encouragement to them.

Karl also leads another support group in McKinney twice a month that he and another member stated more than 5 years ago. One of these meetings is just them getting together playing Rummikub and socializing, which sometimes is all that is needed.

 

Sharan L. Schwartzberg, an occupational therapist, conducted a study to discover the benefits provided by head injury support groups. Upon the completion of her research, she reported that head injury support groups provide opportunities for the fulfilment of the following needs:

 

  1. At times a group of allows for expressions of anger, frustration, or disappointment about experiences. Laughter may replace the frustration when other group members share similar situations & mishaps. Therefore, grieving & laughing about daily situations with others, who can relate, offers a stress relief.
  2. Each group member seems to understand the frustration and amount of energy used as one works to develop acceptance of limitations and compensatory strategies. This understanding and support can provide hope and encouragement as a survivor strives to develop satisfaction with life. The support from the group seems to promote the survival of the survivor.
  3. The reality of challenges faced by head injury survivors is often reinforced as the group members give, receive, and discuss practical solutions to problems. Frequently another member of the group who has struggled with a similar situation can offer alternate solutions. Although one member’s solution may not work for another member, it may stimulate the investigation of other methods that had not been considered.

 

 

Support Groups led by BIND members:

Plano: Meets every 1st Friday at 2:00 pm

Accel Rehabilitation Hospital

2301 Marsh Lane

Plano, TX 75093
972-695-6495

 

Plano: Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month from 7:-9:PM

GreyMatters

HealthSouth Plano Rehabilitation Hospital

2800 West 15th St.

Plano, TX 75075

Upon arrival, please check with the receptionist for the exact location within the building.

http://www.greymatters.us/Meetings/default.html

McKinney: Meets every 3rd Friday from Noon to 2 pm AND every 1st Tuesday 7 pm to 8:30 pm

Stonebridge United Methodist Church

1800 S. Stonebridge Drive

Bring your own meal
940-206-2069

 

Email members@thebind.org for a complete listing of all DFW area support groups that we are aware of.

 

Pizza With Purpose: March 16th

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BIND is proud to partner with several California Pizza Kitchen locations in Texas for a special day of FUNdraising.  Enjoy a delicious meal, and present this flyer on March 16th to any participating CPK location and they’ll donate 20% of your bill to BIND.  Both dine in and carry out orders are included….take a friend, tell a friend….and don’t forget your flyer!
OFFER GOOD FOR MARCH 16TH ONLY.

Color Me Rad! – Art Heals

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What unites us is entirely unique to us.

Art heals by changing a person’s physiology and attitude. Whether by the creator or viewer, it’s all participative. It creates an opportunity for the emotional, physical and soulful self to mend. A time and place to put pain and anguish, frustration and loneliness in a box and allow them an alternative release; Creativity and self-expression. 

Colorful or monochromatic, art is 

Unconstrained

Communicative

Encouraging

Inspiring

Healing.

~ Silvana, BIND Volunteer and TBI Survivor 

Be mIND, Valentine!

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Be mIND, Valentine!
Did Someone Say “CAKE?”

Show your love for BIND on Valentine’s Day!  On Tuesday, February 14th we invite you to join us for CAKE anytime between 10 am and 4 pm.  We’ll be days away from moving into our new program space and we need your help to stock up our program units for 2017.  AND, it’s a great time to celebrate the 5th birthday of our organization.

Communications Unit
Printer paper
Pencils
Postage stamps
Thermal laminating pouches
3-ring binders
Highlighters
Legal pads
Standard white envelopes
Address labels, size 5160

Kitchen & Maintenance Unit
Paper towels
Paper plates
Plastic spoons
Clorox wipes
Non-latex gloves
Coffee cups and lids
Plastic cups
8 gallon trash bags
Hand soap
Keurig coffee pods
Ziploc bags – all sizes

Wellness Unit 
Ribbons, yarn, twine, string
Mod Podge
Mason jars & lids
Scrapbook paper
Paint brushes
Fabric scraps
Sketch pads
Paint brushes
Prepared canvas
Mini glue gun refills
Buttons
Scissors

Questions?  Comments?  Ideas?  Ready to RSVP?

Call: 972-769-2463

Email: members@thebind.org