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December 4, 2018 – BIND: Brain Injury Network of Dallas, a 501c3 nonprofit corporation based in Plano, Texas, is excited to announce a grant award of $40,000 from The Meadows Foundation to support costs for the Work Readiness Program.

About the Work Readiness Program – Work Readiness is designed to transition individuals with acquired brain injury (including traumatic brain injury, stroke, or brain cancer) from rehabilitation to the workforce and is based on the concept of “Personal Social Adjustment Training” as described by the Texas Workforce Commission. Members in this program receive group training and vocational assessment in addition to participating in the typical work-ordered day at BIND. Work Readiness covers topics across 10-12 weeks related to growth and success in the workplace.

Each Work Readiness program participant will complete the series with a clear employment plan for the future. This includes fulfillment of a well-rounded skills, interests and strengths inventory that translates to the work setting. Additionally, participants will build physical and cognitive endurance and have the opportunity to identify and practice functional compensatory strategies in a true work environment. By engaging in productive work, BIND Members address appropriate social behaviors and develop skills needed to live and work more independently.

To qualify for Work Readiness: Members must be 18 years of age or older, have a documented acquired brain injury, be independent with self-care and use assistive devices independently, be willing to participate in a working community, not be a threat to self or others, commit to attend the program 2-3 days/week for 10-12 weeks, and, have transportation to/from BIND in Plano, Texas.

About BIND – The Brain Injury Network of Dallas is a community center for people living with the effects of an acquired brain injury. BIND operates the first and only Brain Injury Clubhouse in the state of Texas, which is its primary tool used to serve survivors. At BIND, staff and program participants, called Members, work together to run all aspects of the program. The BIND Mission is to provide tools and a bridge of support to adult survivors of acquired brain injury so they can reconnect to work, life and the community. BIND is a proud member of IBICA: International Brain Injury Clubhouse Alliance.

About The Meadows Foundation – The Meadows Foundation exists to assist people and institutions of Texas improve the quality and circumstances of life for themselves and future generations. The Meadows Foundation strives to exemplify the principles of its founder in addressing basic human needs by working toward the elimination of ignorance, hopelessness and suffering; protecting the environment; providing cultural enrichment; encouraging excellence; and promoting understanding and cooperation among people.

12-4-18 Meadows Fdn Press Release PDF

North Texas Giving Day 2018

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Wait. What do you MEME? North Texas Giving Day is less than 30 days away!!! Check out our Giving Day page and set your calendar now for September 20. Early giving opens on September 10!

Thank you for the recent feature, My Sweet Charity!

North Texas Giving Day FAQs
  • What is it? 
    • Powered by the Communities Foundation of Texas, North Texas Giving Day is an 18-hour online giving event designed to empower every person to give back to their community by supporting local nonprofits and causes they care about in one easy-to-use platform.
  • How long has it been around?
    • 2018 is the 10th year of North Texas Giving Day! In 9 years, $195 MILLION has been raised for nonprofit organizations in North Texas. It is the largest single day of giving in the United States.
  • What is the Giving Day goal for BIND this year? 
    • With your help, we will raise $20,000 in critical operating funds for our program.  In 2017, BIND donors raised over $13,000 in a single day of giving!
  • Will a small gift make a big impact? 
    • YES! If every social media follower of ours makes a $25 donation on Giving Day, we will raise $50,000! Plus, North Texas Giving Day brings the opportunity for matching gifts, prizes and bonus funds from Communities Foundation of Texas and special donor groups.
  • When can I donate?
    • Early giving opens on September 10 and continues through the BIG DAY on September 20. Gifts made early will be loaded onto the BIND Giving Day Page first thing on September 20.

Registration Open for Warrior Brain Training

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We’re pleased to announce that Warrior Brain Training is coming to Plano in August & October!  Through a collaborative effort between BIND, The Center for Brain Health and the Plano Public Library, this interactive brain performance training will be provided free of charge to Veterans and Active Duty Military Service Members.

UPDATE: The August Warrior Brain Training event is FULL.  Registration is currently open for Veterans, Active Duty Military Service Members AND their caregivers for the October 10/11 session.  

Register today – space is limited:

Click Here To Register

 

Welcome to BIND!

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Getting to know Sierra Waddell: Today we welcome our new Program Director to BIND. Enjoy the Q & A, prepared by our Members! 

How would your friends describe you in 3 words?

  • Compassionate
  • Goofy
  • Scatter-brained

If you had a warning label, what would it say?

  • Caution: Do not over-stimulate, or she will self-destruct

Favorite band?

  • Shane & Shane

Favorite songs to listen to while:

  • Road trip = musicals (movie/Broadway)
  • Cleaning House = Old Country (classic)
  • Workout = 90s / early 2000s

Where did you go to school?

  • Undergrad: University of Arkansas in Fayetteville Bachelors of Science Education
  • Graduate: UT Southwestern Master of Clinical Rehabilitation Counselling

Where did you grow up?

  • Lubbock, Texas

Do you have any siblings?

  • I have 1 older sister

Are you married?

  • Yes, to Adam for 3 ½ years and we currently live in Plano

Children?

  • Milo was born 9/12/2017 – 7lbs 1oz and 21.5 inches long

Pets?

  • Lady a Sheppard mix, she was a wedding present to each other. We filled out the rescue application while on our honeymoon.

Where have you worked?

  • I worked for Puzzle Pieced Kids as community outreach coordinator

What was your favorite thing about your last job?

  • Watching kids discover language

What’s your favorite saying?

“Live to love, love to serve.”

~BLOG post completed by BIND Members

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