Our organization works to bring awareness of the effects of brain injury and disabilities on individuals and their families, while assisting them in rebuilding their skills to complete everyday tasks they were once able to do independently, before terrible tragedy struck in the form of a car accident, stroke, assault, fall, brain surgery, sports or combat/blast related concussions as well as debilitating diseases.
Frequently, survivors are placed in nursing homes at a young age or left without a support system to help them cope with their disability and work toward a plan for building their lives. Our services prevent people from being inappropriately placed in nursing homes, institutional settings or from becoming homeless and allows survivors the dignity of living more independently.
Each person receives a comprehensive assessment and a service plan that is individually tailored to meet their specific goals, interests, and needs. These services can include service coordination, life skills training, day program services.
Currently we serve the Finger Lakes, Rochester and Southern-Tier Regions.
- animal-related items: gift cards to pet stores, Iams cat and dog food, rabbit food pellets, bedding, old towels, pine shavings, horse mats, kitty litter, feeding/water bowls & bottles, paper towels, fresh or slightly wilted fruits and vegetables, plain cereal (e.g. Kix, Chex, Cheerios, etc.) Nature Valley hard granola bars (honey), plain graham crackers, raisins, cranberries, canned cat and dog food, Dog/Cat/Bird/Bunny toys, outdoor gloves, workboots, carhart coats/jackets, outdoor buckets/food bowls, animal igloos/huts, bales of straw and hay
- arts and crafts items: new or gently used art and craft kits and supplies of all types; soda can pop tops for bracelet making and all craft supplies
- automotive: vehicle/van (new or used): to enable day-program members to access their community resources and events, and to provide transportation to give school and community presentations; donated maintenance services, gas cards
- cleaning supplies: paper towels, new or used hand/bath towels, bleach, laundry detergent, gloves, garbage bags, shampooer, vacuum, brooms/dustpans, buckets, mop, sponges, hand sanitizer, dish soap, hand soap, etc.
- educational items: educational workbooks on budgeting, math, and reading comprehension; word-find and crossword puzzle books, computer software and games, iPads, tablets
- emergency supplies: emergency lights, flashlights, batteries, first-aid kits, fire extinguishers, walkie talkies, hand-crank radios, etc.
- gift cards: pet stores, movies, sporting events, museums, restaurants, zoo, Walmart, Michaels, Lowe's, Home Depot, Target, Tops, Wegmans, dollar stores, etc.
- household items: paper plates, coffee, sugar, sandwich/storage bags, plastic wrap, tinfoil, napkins
- monetary donations for veterinary care, emergency funding and program activities
- office supplies: 2-, 3-, and 5-ring binders, dividers, pens, pencils, pencil sharpeners, dry erase markers, manila folders, copy paper, writing pads, etc.
- yard games, footballs/basketballs, basketball hoop, etc.
- postage stamps
- Board members interested in sharing skills and expertise in achieving our mission.
- Student interns and volunteers in areas of human services/social work, psychology, marketing, public relations, music therapy, art therapy, pet therapy, speech therapy, occupational and physical therapy, and fundraising.
- Volunteers to plan and implement special events.
- Volunteers to share their skills with day-program members, either in occasional classes (such as woodworking, computers, cooking, horticulture, animals, jewelry making, scrapbooking, cake decorating, etc.); or in regular mentoring assistance with community outings and classroom activities.