Community Opportunities: June 2022

Support groups can provide a sense of community and identity for survivors and caregivers.

In addition to the programs provided by Brain Injury Services for our clients and caregivers, below are groups and programs available in the community. The programs below are not hosted by Brain Injury Services.  Please verify the information and/or RSVP by calling or emailing with the provided information.

June 8 – 16
9 – 11 AM  or

12 – 2 PM
ActivOT Summer Program: Craftsman Camp Leesburg, VA
Adult campers will work with Occupational Therapy students to complete projects/participate in activities related to this year’s theme, “Craftsman”. Together they will work with wood, primarily, to support engagement in activities that will address cognitive skills, upper extremity range of motion/strength/function, sitting and standing balance, activity tolerance, and other skills they may share with us that are important. The students will request that campers participate in an interview on the first day to help identify projects they find most interesting, and which skills or areas of function they would like to focus on. Contact Dr. Sikes at esikes@su.edu for more information.
Every Friday
10 AM – 12 PM
Living With Brain Injury Support Group
The Living with Brain Injury group is a unique and supportive community of individuals recovering from BI. This support group is intended to improve our recovery experience through respectful sharing and connective experiences. Eligibility: current Brain Injury Service clients. Contact: Rachelle Price at mawmaw6019@gmail.com
Every Friday
1 – 2 PM

The Helping Hands Stroke Club
Meeting topics vary and are comprised of open discussions, guest speakers, fitness demonstrations, cooking classes, potlucks, health expos, game days, and creative therapies such as art and music therapy.  Meets at the Joseph Willard Speech-Language-Hearing site.  More information:  https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/speech-hearing/services
Wednesday, June 1
6 PM
Caregiver Virtual Meeting
Brain Injury Association of Virginia is offering caregivers a safe place to receive support and strength, and share their experiences with others in the same position. Every first Wednesday of the month.  Contact: Debra at debra@biav.net
Tuesday, June 7 6:30 – 8 PM Fredericksburg Stroke Support GroupFree monthly support group for stroke survivors and caregivers. Every first Tuesday of the month. Contact: Susan Halpin at 540-741-4815 or Susan.halpin@mwhc.com
Tuesday, June 7
7 – 8:30 PM
Inova Fairfax Stroke Survivors and Caregivers Support Group
Share your story and help others. Learn about reducing the risk for stroke and find community services available to you. Every first Tuesday of the month. Caregivers welcome.  Contact: Laura Buhler at 703.776.3030 opt 2 or laura.buhler@inova.org
Thursday, June 16
4 – 5 PM
Stroke & Brain Injury Support Group
A support group where you can share your personal experiences, listen to others who have a history of stroke/brain injury and learn new research and information. Every third Thursday of the month.  Contact: Hannah Balberde at 703-957-2039 or Hannah.Balberde@Encompasshealth.com
Tuesday,  June 21
12 – 1:30 PM
Trauma Survivors Network TBI Support Group
The Trauma Survivors Network (TSN) TBI Support group is a monthly support group for survivors and caregivers offering support, coping skills, and education to attendees. Meets the third Tuesday of the month (currently virtual)  Contact: Shira Rothberg at 703-776-4930 or            shira.rothberg@inova.org
Tuesday, June 28
6:00 PM
Virtual Support Group
Brain Injury Association of Virginia offers a group for people living with brain injury, their family, and friends. The group is a safe place to explore the challenges of brain injury and exchange ideas and information with others who really “get it.” Meets the fourth Tuesday of the month.  Contact Christine Baggini at christine@biav.net
Young Adult KnightsIf you are between the ages of 18-and 30 and want to make connections and friends in a relaxed fun atmosphere then please join us. The social group meets once a month via Zoom to play online games and have virtual movie nights. Young Adult Knights is facilitated by the ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia.
Contact: Michelle Williams at 703-719-1379 or michellew@ecnv.org

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