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ACECF awards CBIS $25,000

The Mill House is a proud recipient of a 2017 ACECF grant

Community Brain Injury Services Clubhouse program, The Mill House, serving survivors of brain injury in the Richmond area, is the proud grant recipient of a $25,000 grant from the Altria Companies Employee Community Fund (ACECF)! The ACECF has been a strong supporter of Community Brain Injury Services through the years, funding projects such as a vehicle for our Case Management services in Richmond, a 12-passenger van for The Denbigh House in Newport News, and the funding of our beautiful fully accessible garden and patio area at The Denbigh House. CBIS is humbled and thankful for the support and generosity of the many Altria Companies’ employees, who make this funding possible.

 

Members and staff of The Mill House pose with ACECF check

The Mill House excited to receive a $25,000 check from ACECF!

Expanding Employment and Advocacy Units

The 2017 grant from ACECF will fund the renovation of the old Administrative and Case Management office at The Mill House, adding an additional 500 square feet of fully functional, ADA accessible space for member use, as well as new technology to assist members in their employment and advocacy efforts. With the expansion of this space, coupled with the technological upgrades, members will have a dedicated space to work on employment goals such as job searching, writing resumes, and practicing interview skills, and to participate in larger scale advocacy and outreach efforts. Construction on this project will begin this fall, and The Mill House members and staff are very excited to be able to enhance and expand their current services.

 

CBIS staff attends 2017 Giving Together fair

CBIS Director of Administration, Claire Yarbrough, at the ACECF Giving Together fair

ACECF Giving Together Fair

Altria held the 2017 Giving Together Fair late last month to offer all grant recipients the opportunity to meet some of the employees who contributed to the ACECF fund and made our grants possible. CBIS administrative staff spent the day meeting with employees to offer insight into our program and services, and the grant funded renovation project. Most importantly though, the Fair offered CBIS an opportunity to personally say thank you to the generous employees of the Altria Companies.

 

CBIS Administrative staff attend ACECF 2017 Fair

CBIS Executive Director, Jason Young, discusses the grant funded renovation project

 

Thank you so much to Altria and the many employees that give to the ACECF fund, there is so much that we have been able to do with your support and we appreciate your continued dedication to your communities!

 

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Congressman Bobby Scott visit

Denbigh House Member News

Congressman Bobby Scott visits The Denbigh House

by Victor G.

On August 15, 2017 the Denbigh House had the pleasure of hosting Congressman Bobby Scott for a tour of the Newport News facility.

Congressman Bobby Scott meets with The Denbigh House

Congressman Scott with members, staff, and board members

Congressman Scott accepted the invitation to visit Denbigh House to see first hand the impact of Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) in his district. The value of his visit was to see how legislation and funding have a direct causal effect on ABI sufferers. Mr. Scott was eager to learn about the resources and services available to Denbigh House members and ABI sufferers in general. Additionally, the difference in resources for individuals who have suffered an ABI suffers versus individuals with mental health illnesses.

His visit began with a guided tour of the new Denbigh House Garden given by clubhouse member Triena B.  Triena explained the therapeutic value of the garden to clubhouse members. Also, the Congressman learned that clubhouse members strive for sustainability.  The garden provides healthy food choices for members.

Congressman Bobby Scott receives a tour from Denbigh House member Triena

Triena provides Congressman Scott with a tour of The Denbigh House

This was followed by a session where Mr. Scott met with Denbigh House clubhouse members. He heard from them first hand on how they suffered their ABI and how it has affected them.

Lastly, the Congressman held a question and answer session. Several important questions were asked in which, Mr. Scott provided thoughtful answers. A good amount of time was devoted to the topic of State funding for ABI services and education for first responders such as police departments.

The Denbigh House greatly appreciates Congressman Bobby Scott’s visit. His commitment to serve the brain injury community is heartwarming. It is welcoming to know that the brain injury community has an advocate in Washington DC that will fight for desperately needed resources.

  • Victor G., Denbigh House member
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The 8th Annual Pig Out

The 8th Annual Mill House Pig Out

The Mill House and Community Brain Injury Services invites you to join us on Friday, October 13th, 2017 for the 8th Annual Mill House Pig Out! Help us make this year another record-breaking event! The mouth-watering pulled pork that we all love will return,  expertly prepared by BBQ master, Elliott Buckner. All the fixings perfect for a BBQ will be prepared with care by the members and staff of the Mill House Kitchen Unit! Don’t forget about the award-winning sauces!

All proceeds from The Mill House Pig Out benefits The Mill House, our Richmond-based Clubhouse-model vocational rehabilitation program for survivors of brain injury. For more details on the event and to place an order, please visit our official event page here: The Mill House Pig Out 

Our event site is up and is ready to accept your pre-orders! Whether you’re ordering for yourself, for your family, or for your whole office- no order is too big or small. We will accommodate you! Please submit your pre-orders by 5pm on Wednesday, October 11th! Order conveniently through our event site or submit your orders to Claire Yarbrough at: claire@communitybraininjury.org or 804-386-0925

Interested in the benefits of Corporate Sponsorship? Please contact Jason Young or Claire Yarbrough at 804-386-0925

 

Thank you so much to our Corporate Sponsors!

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A Black and White Affair

Dancing the Night Away!

 

Our Clubhouse programs, The Denbigh House and The Mill House, each coordinate a monthly social program event.  The Clubhouse members work together to choose a new activity and restaurant and truly enjoy the opportunity for social bonding and camaraderie. By far, the most popular social program of the year is the joint program between Clubhouses. In the past, members of The Mill House and The Denbigh House have celebrated holiday socials and attended baseball games together.

Ready to dance the night away

Members and staff of The Mill House arrive!

This year, the members of both Clubhouses wanted to really shake things up. As a result, the idea of a semi-formal dance was proposed and it took off from there. After months of planning, The Denbigh House hosted “A Black and White Affair” at the Denbigh Community Center in Newport News on July 21st. Members of The Mill House and The Beacon House, a Virginia Beach Clubhouse for survivors of brain injury, joined the members, families, and friends of The Denbigh House to dance the night away!

 

Dancing the Night Away

Members of The Denbigh House- dressed to the nines!

Over 60 guests attended and danced to the greatest hits provided by a local DJ. DJ Hollywood was kind enough to offer a greatly reduced rate to help us keep our costs low. Members and staff agreed that everyone loved the photo booth most of all!  The photo booth allowed us to commemorate such an enjoyable event with pictures.

 

 

Community Brain Injury Services hopes to make A Black and White Affair an annual event!

 

 

Mill House members using the photo booth

The Mill House members engage in a little photo booth fun!

Photo Booth fun!

The Denbigh House are just as photogenic in the photo booth!

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Accessible Garden Grand Opening

Paving a Path Back to Good Life:

The Denbigh House Accessible Garden Project Allows
Individuals with Brain Injury
the Opportunity to Return to Gardening

The Denbigh House members and staff are pleased invite you to The Denbigh House for the Garden Grand Opening on April 27, 2017 from 2pm -5pm to celebrate the completion of the accessible garden project. A presentation to recognize supporters and funders will be made at 3pm. Light refreshments will be provided.

 

Logo for The Denbigh House Garden Grand Opening

Prior to 2017, an act as simple as tending to The Denbigh House garden was impossible for Clubhouse members who used wheelchairs, walkers or struggled with balance. Through the generous support of the Altria Companies Employee Community Fund, the First United Methodist Church of Newport News Foundation, the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Foundation of Newport News, Outdoor Kitchen Creations, and many generous individual donors, The Denbigh House was able to address this accessibility barrier by completing a multi-year project to install new back doors and a paved back patio. The newly completed patio includes raised garden beds, wheelchair accessible planters and a wheelchair accessible picnic table.

 

Community Brain Injury Garden Grand Opening

Members and staff at The Denbigh House are working hard to prepare the garden for the Grand Opening!

Please join us on Thursday, April 27th from 2pm-5pm to celebrate the completion of this tremendous accessibility project.  The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to Jessica Dupuy at 757-833-7845 or jessica@communitybraininjury.org.  The Denbigh House is located at 12725 McManus Blvd. Suite 2E, Newport News, VA 23602

Community Brain Injury Garden Grand Opening

Showing off our handiwork!

 

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