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Advertiser Spotlight – Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse

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Advertiser Spotlight – Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse


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Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse started in 2000.

Its roots go back to the early 1990s, when Cindi Johnson and Mike McCord were known to the brain injury community as therapists and co-directors of Camp Hargrove of the Brain Injury Association of Georgia.

They had a desire to create a place for people with brain injuries to come every weekday where they can belong, contribute, be accepted and appreciated; have responsibility and control over their daily lives – and to feel good about themselves while doing it.

Shepherd Center and Emory Healthcare, Cindi’s and Mike’s employers, agreed to sponsor the startup of Side by Side Clubhouse in July 1999. Both facilities are committed to helping people with brain injuries be as successful as possible throughout their lives, long after rehabilitation has ended. Side by Side Clubhouse opened as a not-for-profit charitable organization in March 2000 with three members and three staff in Decatur Georgia.

The organization’s mission is advancing the long-term well being of brain injury patients and helping their families through skills, development, support and advocacy. One of the things the organization does is help these patients re-enter the work force by teaching them job skills.

The program follows a work-ordered day. The members do everything that must be done to run the Clubhouse each day. They answer the phone, deposit lunch money in the bank, advocate for the organization in the community and help each other look for jobs.

The organization says it supports local journalism because, “Local journalism is not just about the weather and the road conditions. Those are helpful things to know, but they are not the real heart of what local journalists provide. They provide the color of the areas around you; things you might not notice otherwise, but which may be important for your daily life. They are the heart and pulse of the local community.”

Side by Side is putting on its biggest fundraiser of the year on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Decatur High School.  Local lawyers and doctors will take on the Harlem Wizards. The evening promises to be a fun filled event that is great for kids and adults and will guarantee to put a smile on your face and all for a great cause.

There will be food trucks, homemade baked goods, raffles, prizes, entertainment and more. The event is free for kids six and under. The event starts at 5 p.m. To learn more about the event, click here.

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