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In Memory: Verna White

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We are pleased to honor the life of Verna White, mother to Brian White, our Board of Directors Treasurer. Please accept our sincere gratitude for gifts made to BIND in her memory. May peace be with you all who are mourning her loss.

April 4, 1926 – February 15, 2019

“Verna Irene White, beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt and friend to many, was born April 4, 1926 to Sherman and Isabel Beldin, and died February 15, 2019.

Verna grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, attended Oak Park Academy in Iowa. When her family moved to a farm outside of Glenwood, Iowa she met the love of her life, Clifford Dale White. They married on November 1, 1944. After Cliff discharged from the military, they returned to Iowa but soon moved to Omaha and raised their family, surrounded by a growing extended family and friends.

Verna was always known as a giving person. She welcomed and cared for as her own two children who had lost their mother, handed out clothes through the Dorcas Society, sang in a trio, baked and cooked for the masses.

Verna moved with her family around the Midwest but settled in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1967. Verna began a long career working in a nursing home caring for others in many different capacities, first as a nurses’ aid, then cooking, and finishing her career as the head of housekeeping. When she retired in 1992, she moved to Oklahoma to be near her children. She lived in the community of Summit Ridge for 23 years before moving into the Wolfe Living Center.

Verna loved to travel, seeing many sites around the United States and Europe. She loved collecting things and crafts of all sorts. After moving to Wolfe, she continued crafting by working on inspirational sticker books which she gave to anyone who wanted them.

Above all, Verna’s true happiness came from spending time with her family. Throughout her life, many nieces and nephews lived with her. Family gatherings always meant cooking for many, laughing hysterically, and supporting each other unconditionally.

Verna is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her sister Gladys White, and Brothers Robert and Clyde. She is survived by her sister Shirley Scott, her daughter Connie Stricker, sons John and Brian, foster children Linda Benjamin and Gerald Scott, six grandchildren, Shawn, Eric, Jenny, Bradley, Jason and Cindy and five great-grandchildren Ali, Cody, Lexi, Zoey, Max and Liam. She also leaves behind a host of extended family and friends.”

BIND Turns 7!

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BIND has filled the gap between medical rehab and purposeful community living for brain injury survivors since 2012.

Join us in celebrating our 7 year history this February. Program supplies will be collected throughout the month and our official birthday party will be held February 14. Supplies can be dropped off or shipped directly to BIND through our Amazon Wish List any M-F between 8:30 and 3:30.


We especially need: paper towels, white printer paper, postage stamps, toilet paper, kitchen trash bags, clorox wipes, hair dryers (for art projects), acrylic paint and canvases (4X6 & 5X7). THANK YOU 🙂

Unmasking Brain Injury

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BIND Masquerade Gala guests were the first to admire our contribution to the Unmasking Brain Injury project. Masks made by 37 of our current program Members are now available for viewing on the Unmasking Brain Injury website. Each is unique, profound & beautiful – this project proved to be a powerful medium to share each person’s survival story.

Click Here to View BIND Maskshttp://unmaskingbraininjury.org/texas/

Synapse Laps!

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CALLING ALL SUPERHEROES!

Saturday, March 24, 9 am to Noon
1416 Gables Court, Plano TX

Join us for the first-ever Synapse Laps event for BIND. Walk, jog, ride or roll with us at the BIND office park – every lap is 1/3 mile – and we’ll help count your laps.  Survivors, families, kids, and leashed pets are all welcome.

*Superhero costumes are encouraged*

This event is sponsored by Medical City Plano and a light lunch is sponsored by California Pizza Kitchen. We’ll also welcome therapy animals from Equest, games and activities for all ages, and the BIND Store will be open for business (BIND hats and shirts will be on sale!).  Thank you as well for your sponsorship to Modern Woodman Financial and Select Rehab Hospital in Denton.

Registration for Synapse Laps is FREE.  We are appreciative of those who can give a suggested $5/person donation onsite.  PLEASE ARRIVE PRIOR TO 9:15 am to park inside of our office park. By 9:20, the lot will be closed to through traffic so our walkers can safely begin at 9:30.  Other Questions?  Email us by clicking here.

REGISTER ON EVENTBRITE BY CLICKING HERE

Pizza With Purpose

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Let’s do Lunch!  Or dinner…..at California Pizza Kitchen in Plano – March 7 & 8.  Present this flyer to your server and they’ll donate 20% of your total bill to BIND.  Thank you to the Willow Bend CPK manager, Rachel, and her team for supporting our organization!

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.

Thank you, Linda!

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Interview with Linda Hunt, our wonderful intern, by Karl “with a K” BIND Member:

I had the pleasure of interviewing Linda Hunt, who is a volunteer all three days that BIND is open each week, and found her very easy to speak with.  She is in the final stages of her degree program, which upon conclusion will make her a qualified rehabilitation counselor.  Asked what she is hoping to do with this qualification, she stated that she likes helping people who want to help themselves, and this degree will put her in a position to do just that.  Working amongst those that are still striving here at BIND to make gains from a brain injury they have experienced has shown her that it is a field that serves “as a door to unlock” her skills.  Linda said that the Clubhouse is inspiring her to be better at what she does, and that she most definitely can see herself working with the brain injured in the future.

Upon being asked if her family is behind the plan of working with the brain injured she said that her husband, two daughters, and son are all on board.  She added that her children have all mentioned how proud they are of what she has done and continues to accomplish.

Linda spoke of living in Canada for 14 years before her 16 years here in Texas.  This, of course, was happy news for the many hockey fans that we have here at the Clubhouse.  Asked if she has any hobbies or interests out of her studies, Linda identified that she is a big fan of making ceramics because she finds it so relaxing.  She may need relaxation after each day at the Clubhouse, but you would never know it while she is here.  She is doing wonderful work here, and we are already sad that she is going to depart after her graduation.