Community Opportunities: May 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.

Brain Injury Association of Virginia’s Camp Bruce McCoy
Week 1: May 22 – 28
Week 2: May 29 – June 4

Camp Bruce McCoy is a nationally-recognized, 38-year-old residential summer camp and respite program for adult survivors of brain injury (18+) and their family members/caregivers.  Each day, campers choose from dozens of challenging and fun activities, including horseback riding, canoeing, team sports, and ropes challenge course, each specifically adapted to the camper’s abilities. These social recreational programs reduce the level of social isolation typical among persons with brain injury by providing access to a community of their peers – people who understand exactly what they are experiencing.
Please contact camp@biav.net if you would like to know more.

Love Your Brain Community Retreat
August 15 – 19
September 12 – 16

Love Your Brain’s Retreat program is focused on their core pillars: community, mindfulness, movement, and nutrition to promote personal growth and healing. Registration is open for their upcoming retreats in Jefferson, Maine. 
Learn more:  https://www.loveyourbrain.com/attend-a-retreat

Living With Brain Injury Support Group
Every Monday
2-4 PM

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. We plan to explore topics relevant to our challenges and successes in all phases of recovery.  Eligibility: current Brain Injury Service clients.
Contact: Rachelle Price at mawmaw6019@gmail.com

The Stroke Group
Every Friday
1 – 2 PM

Fairfax County hosts The Stroke Group which brings together stroke survivors and their caregivers to enjoy an afternoon of comradery as they rebuild and expand their lives. The Stroke Group meets at the Joseph Willard Speech-Language-Hearing site. 
More information:  https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/speech-hearing/services

Fredericksburg Stroke Support Group
Tuesday, May 3
6:30 – 8 PM

Free monthly support group for stroke survivors and caregivers. Meets the first Tuesday of the month on Zoom.
Contact Susan Halprin at Susan.halpin@mwhc.com or 540-741-4815

Inova Fairfax Stroke Survivors and Caregivers Support Group | Falls Church
Tuesday, May 3
7 – 8:30 PM

Share your story and help others.  Learn about reducing the risk for stroke and find community services available to you. Meets the first Tuesday of the month. Caregivers welcome.
Contact Laura Buhler at laura.buhler@inova.org or 703-776-3030 opt 2

Caregiver Virtual Meeting
Wednesday, April 6
6 PM

Brain Injury Association of Virginia is offering caregivers a safe, virtual place to receive support, strength, and share your experiences with others in the same position. Meets the first Wednesday of the month.
Contact: Debra Holloway at debra@biav.net

Trauma Survivors Network TBI Support Group
Tuesday, May 17
12 – 1:30 PM

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. The TBI Support Group is facilitated by Trauma Survivors Network. Meets the third Tuesday of the month.
Contact Shira Rothberg at shira.rothberg@inova.org or 703-776-4930

Stroke and Brain Injury Support Group | Aldie
Thursday, May 19
4 – 5  PM

A support group where you can share your personal experiences, listen to others who have a history of stroke or brain injury, and learn new research and information regarding stroke. Meets the third Thursday of the month.
Contact Hannah Balberde at Hannah.Balberde@Encompasshealth.com or 703-957-2039

Virtual Support Group
Tuesday, May 24
6:00 PM

Brain Injury Association of Virginia offers a group for for adults 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 or 804-355-5748.

Peer Run Bible Study Group
Thursdays
2 – 4 PM

Contact Samson Abebe at (571) 201-4275 or samsonabebe672@gmail.com

Young Adult Knights (ages 18-30)

If you are between the ages of 18-30 and want to make connections and friends in a relaxed fun atmosphere then please join us. The group meets once a month via Zoom. So far we have had so much fun playing online games and having virtual movie nights. Young Adult Knights is facilitated by the ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia. 
Contact Michelle Williams at michellew@ecnv.org or 703-719-1379.

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