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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

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

Happy Birthday to BIND

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WE’RE TURNING 5!
2016 has been a tremendous year for the BIND Members.  We invite you to make 2017 even better by giving to our Birthday Fund!  Give before March 1st so we can buy furniture, computers and supplies for our new home.  We’re planning for almost triple the space we have now!
We have a committed donor who has pledged to match what we raise together – up to $5,000!
Moving into our first home in 2015 was AWESOME.  You made that day and every day after possible.  Watch our ‘throwback’ video for a glimpse of BIND on Day 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijozZk9iRdk
BIND is changing lives every day.  We ask our Members to rate their quality of life after brain injury when they start the program.  Recently, we asked them if anything has changed since joining BIND…
76% of BIND Members report stable or IMPROVED QUALITY OF LIFE.
Progress is possible with you on our side.  Join us in celebrating 5 years of restoring purpose and giving hope to brain injury survivors in our community.

 

Happy Brain Hour Success!

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picturethisgreenscreen21BIND: Brain Injury Network of Dallas is a Plano-based nonprofit organization with a unique and special mission. The BIND program offers tools and a bridge of support to adult brain injury survivors so they can reconnect into life, the community and the workplace. BIND offers refuge for survivors of stroke, traumatic brain injury and brain cancer who are looking for restored sense of purpose, hope and continued healing from their injuries.

 


“Here I have hope for the future me.”

Jennifer, brain cancer survivor

At BIND survivors are called Members, not Patients, and this is an empowering service model. The Members have ownership of daily operations and work in team units that include Communications, Outreach and Advocacy, Kitchen and Maintenance, and Wellness. Essentially, the Members guide and direct the program – allowing the program to serve as a classroom, office, gym, volunteer site, recreation room, social outlet, an art studio, and congregation. Above all else, the BIND program gives each person in attendance a reason to get out of bed and join in.

“BIND has given me a place to go and gives me purpose.”
Carrie, stroke survivor

BIND has partnered with The Medical Center of Plano since opening in early 2015 and was proud to work with them & their HCA partner Medical City Dallas to present the BIND Annual Silent Auction and Happy Brain Hour on October 15th at the Marriott. This event brought $47,000 of operational funding to the program and focused on fun! Guests were invited to challenge their minds through games like charades, hangman, timed mazes and memory tasks. Asking guests to tie a shoe or button a shirt using only one hand tested motor skills, as those with a brain injury may face living with a paralyzed arm or hand.

“It’s a safe place for me to relearn skills in the company of others with similar injuries.”
Taylor, traumatic brain injury survivor

At least 400 Texans each day receive medical care for brain injury and at least 34% of stroke survivors are considered ‘working age.’ The vision for BIND is to serve as the model for additional brain injury programs like theirs across the state of Texas. Currently, the BIND program is at capacity for both space and members served each week and has a waiting list of over 30 survivors of brain injury who find resolve in living a productive life versus one of inactivity and isolation. Consider joining the cause and supporting the BIND mission by making a gift today at www.thebind.org.

“We are so thrilled about the progress BIND has made. It is what we all hoped would happen. I share with everyone I can corner what BIND is and their mission. It is something you hope will not be needed, but I want people to know it is there if the need arises.”
Carol, BIND donor

Special thanks to our event photographers: Bruce Wolpert from Picture This Green Screen
and Jenice Johnson-Williams from Art is Life Studio.

2016 Happy Brain Hour Event Sponsors:
Medical City Dallas & The Medical Center of Plano

The Goodman Family
The Gary Shultz Family

Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation in Frisco
Warm Springs Rehab Hospital of Allen

PATE Rehabilitation
Rehab Without Walls
Carol & Frank Atkins
Donna Valentino

LearningRX
Accel Rehab Hospital
Lift-Aids, Inc.
Reno Realty Group
CNS: Centre for Neuro Skills

In-Kind Donors:
The Medical Center of Plano
Spectaveris
Austin Shaw, DJ
UNT & UTD Student Volunteers
K & R Artworks
Art is Life Studio
Martha Dahlberg

If you were a guest of ours this year, please take a few moments to complete this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KJ9W2Q9

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BrainDead Festicle + Brewvolution on Nov. 5

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screen-shot-2016-10-24-at-12-15-56-pmBig Texas Beer Fest and BrainDead Brewing have teamed up for the 2nd BrainDead Festicle!  The Festicle is a celebration of barrel-aged and wild beers.  BIND is the happy recipient of Festicle 2016 proceeds and will supply volunteer pourers for the event.

This event will take place outdoors in the parking lot west of BrainDead with 30-35 or so of their closest brewery friends, and 60-70 beers.  Chef David Catering and Bowls and Tacos food will be available for your eating pleasure.

Ready to buy a ticket?  Here you go: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/braindead-festicle-2016-tickets-27695165987?aff=eac2

Giving Day and YOU!

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IMG_1010Only 10 days until North Texas Giving Day 2016!  Join the community as we rally support for the BIND program on September 22nd.  Did you know?  This online day of giving set a record in 2015 and raised more than $30 million for charities in and near Dallas?!

This will be our third year to participate and we need YOU to spread the word!  Bonus funds and prizes are always a fun part of Giving Day….with bonus funds, your gifts of $25 and up will be multiplied.  Need to know more about bonus funds?  Click Here!

For our local supporters, join us in McKinney from 5-7 pm for Giving Day fun!  Need to know more about the Collin County Giving Day event?  Click Here!

By the numbers….

10 Days Until Giving Day!  Bookmark the BIND link today! #getupandgive

25+ Brain Injury Survivors are on our Wait List #timetoexpand

400 Texans are Treated for a Brain Injury EVERY DAY!

$2,825 Raised by our Board of Directors and a Generous Donor for Challenge Funds!

$5,000 Will Pay a Month of Rent for the BIND Program in 2017

$10,000 is our BIND Giving Day Goal #wecandoittogether

$130,000 To Double the BIND Program!