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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

 

Thank you so much for your support of the 8th Annual Mill House Pig Out!  Because of you, we shattered our fundraising goals, raising over $12,500!

Please join us October 2018 (exact date TBD) for year nine of this great event!

 

Thank you so much to our Corporate Sponsors!

 

Presenting Sponsors:



BBQ Sponsors:

Lunch 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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Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Being involved in the community is a strong theme in the Clubhouses’ and The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is an important part of life as a Clubhouse member. Creating strong ties to the community in which our members live can help end the social isolation that can follow a brain injury, help members create meaningful relationships with their community, and aid members in living in the community as independently as possible. The Mill House and The Denbigh House have created group volunteer and/or work opportunities to become more active in the community.  Both Clubhouses participate with Meals on Wheels delivering meals to homebound individuals who have difficulty maintaining a healthy diet or preparing meals  on their own.  The Mill House members also clean a local church one day a week.

 

Chatham Trail Clean Up

Chatham Trail Clean Up

Providing members with an opportunity to give back to their communities is an important way to be involved. On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, The Denbigh House members participated in two service projects to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On their first project, members of The Denbigh House traveled to Chatham Trail to clean up the trail, and picked up trash and recycling.

 

 

Brownies for first responders

“Thank you for your service” brownies for first repsonders in the Newport News, Virginia area

For their second project, members of The Denbigh House Kitchen Unit spent the morning baking brownies. In the afternoon, the members enjoyed delivering the brownies as a thank you to the First Responders in the community, dropping them off at several police and fire stations.  The members of The Denbigh House enjoyed their day of service and look forward to the opportunity in the future!

 

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