Support Groups

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Support Groups

On a local level, members meet together monthly to share experiences and information on an informal basis. Most groups function as support-giving entities to individuals with brain injury and to their families. We have support groups active in several communities throughout Oregon .

Many of these area support groups have more than one support group; for instance, one for survivors, one for families, and one for recreational activities. Benefits of participating in a local support group meeting include presentations by specialty speakers, referrals to local resources, and emotional support from others in similar circumstances.

People with traumatic brain injuries find fellowship and inspiration from support group  on youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuHzvjyKd2I&feature=youtube_gdata

 

Margo and Bob

Molalla Water Aerobics Support Group In the News

Margo Westover, a resident at Pheasant Pointe Assisted Living in Molalla, shocked her doctor a few months ago when she announced plans to start exercising.

“I haven’t exercised in a gazillion years,” said Westover, 60, a retired nurse who now relies on a motorized wheelchair for mobility. Westover suffers from arthritis and kidney failure. But when she heard about the water aerobics classes offered at Molalla Aquatic Center, she decided to give them a try. Now, she regularly attends three times a week.

 “It just feels good to get out there and get my body working and I hope that maybe someday I won’t have to use this,” she said, pointing to her wheelchair. “It’s just made me happy. It’s fun. It’s nice to get away from the house.”

She’s noticed she sleeps better now and said the swelling in her legs from lymphedema is not as bad.

Westover is among three Pheasant Pointe residents who have started water aerobics, thanks to the Brain Injury Association of Oregon, which provided them with pool passes and also purchased weight belts and foam noodles for use in the classes.

More....http://www.molallapioneer.com/news/2012/August/21/Local.News/wheelchair.users.find.freedom.in.the.water/news.aspx?sm=CXv10DpWOYbtdfOtdhbMv1o7XkiBbdoO

Survivor Support Line - CALL 855-473-3711

A survivor support line is now available to provide telephone support to those who suffer from all levels of brain impairment. 4peer11 is a survivor run, funded, operated and managed-emotional help line. We do not give medical advice, but we DO have two compassionate ears. We have survived some form of brain injury or a we are a survivor who is significant in the life of a survivor.

The number to call 855-473-3711 (855-4peer11). Live operators are available from 9am-9pm Pacific Standard Time. If a call comes when an operator is not free please leave a message. Messages are returned on a regular basis.

 

Astoria
Astoria Support Group
3rd Tuesday 6-7:30
Pacific NW Occupational Therapy Clinic
1396 Duane St. Astoria OR 97103
Kendra Ward 209-791-3092 pnwhigroup@gmail.com

Bend 
CENTRAL OREGON SUPPORT GROUP
2nd Saturday 10:30am to 12:00 noon      
St. Charles Medical Center 
2500 NE Neff Rd, Bend 97701
Rehab Conference Room, Lower Level 
Joyce & Dave Accornero, 541 382 9451 Accornero@bendbroadband.com

Ablitree Thursday Support Group
Survivor and Family/Caregiver Cross Disabilities
Every Thursday 10:30 am-12pm
Abilitree
2680 NE Twin Knolls Dr., Bend OR 97701
Contact Michelle Harper 541-388-8103 x 204 michelleh@abilitree.org or
Amanda Brittner francinem@abilitree.org

Abilitree Moving A Head
1st & 3rd Friday 5:30-7:30
Brain Injury Survivor and Family Group
Abilitree
2680 NE Twin Knolls Dr., Bend OR 97701
Contact Francine Marsh 541-388-8103 x 205
francinem@abilitree.org

Corvallis 
BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP
2nd Tuesday of each month, 5:30-6:30 pm
Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, Ancillary Building
3580 NW Samaritan Dr., Corvallis, OR 97330
Call for Specifics: Rebecca Veltri, PT
541-768-5157, rveltri@samhealth.org  

STROKE SUPPORT GROUP 
1st Tuesday 1:30 to 3:00 pm  
Church of the Good Samaritan Lng      
333 NW 35th Street, Corvallis, OR 97330
Call for Specifics: Shawn Johnson, CCC-SLP
541-768-5157 smjohnson@samhealth.org

Coos Bay (2)
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Support Group
2nd Saturday August 9th 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Kaffe 101, 171 South Broadway
Coos Bay, OR 97420 tbicbsupport@gmail.com

Growing Through It- Healing Art Workshop
Wednesdays, 9-10:30am
The Nancy Devereux Center
1200 Newmark Avenue, Coos Bay, Oregon
Bittin Duggan, B.F.A., M.A.,
541-217-4095 bittin@growingthroughit.org

Eugene (3)
Head Bangers
3rd Tuesday, Feb., Apr., June, July, Aug., Oct. Nov.
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Potluck Social
Monte Loma Mobile Home Rec Center
2150 Laura St;, Springfield, OR 97477
Susie Chavez, (541) 342-1980
admin@communityrehab.org

Community Rehabilitation Services of Oregon
3rd Tuesday, Jan., Mar., May, Sept. and Nov.
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Support Group
St. Thomas Episcopal Church
1465 Coburg Rd.; Eugene, OR 97401
Jan Johnson, (541) 342-1980
admin@communityrehab.org

BIG (BRAIN INJURY GROUP) 
Tuesdays  11:00am-1pm
Hilyard Community Center 
2580 Hilyard Avenue, Eugene, OR.   97401 
Curtis Brown, (541) 998-3951 BCCBrown@gmail.com

Hillsboro
Westside SUPPORT GROUP
3rd Monday 7-8 pm
For brain injury survivors, their families, caregivers and professionals
Tuality Community Hospital
335 South East 8th Street, Hillsboro, OR 97123
Carol Altman, (503)640-0818

Klamath Falls
SPOKES UNLIMITED BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP
2nd Tuesday 1:00pm to 2:30pm
1006 Main Street, Klamath Falls, OR 97601
Dawn Lytle 541-883-7547 dawn.lytle@spokesunlimited.org

SPOKES UNLIMITED BRAIN INJURY RECREATION
4th Tuesday
Contact Dawn Lytle for additional information:
541-883-7547 dawn.lytle@spokesunlimited.org

Lake Oswego
Family Caregiver Discussion Group

4th Wednesday of the month  7-8:30 p.m.
(there will be no group in August)
Lake Oswego Adult Community Center
505 G Avenue, Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Ruth C. Cohen, MSW, LCSW, 503-701-2184
www.ruthcohenconsulting.com

Lebanon 
BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP OF LEBANON
1st Thursday 6:30 pm
Lebanon Community Hospital, Conf Rm #6
525 North Santiam Hwy, Lebanon, OR 97355
Lisa Stoffey 541-752-0816 lstoffey@aol.com

Medford   
Southern Oregon Brainstormers Support & Social Club
1st Tuesday 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
751 Spring St., Medford, Or 97501
Lorita Cushman @ 541-621-9974
BIAOregon@AOL.COM

Molalla
BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP OF MOLALLA
5:30 pm—7:00, Every Monday
Support group and Hydro-exercise - Molalla Pool
Sherry Stock sherry@biaoregon.org 503-740-3155
Must Be Pre-Registered

Newport
BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP OF NEWPORT
2nd Saturday 2-4 pm
4909 S Coast Hwy Ste 340,
South Beach, OR 97366
(541) 867-4335 or progop541@yahoo.com
www.progressive-options.org

Oregon City
3rd Friday 1-3 pm (on hiatus)
Clackamas Community College
Sonja Bolon, MA 503-816-1053
sonjabolon@yahoo.com

Portland   (20)

Brain Injury Help Center
Call and meet with Brain Injury Advocate
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 10:00-12:00
Young BI Adult Technology & Game time
Wednesdays: 10:00-12:00
Family and Parent Coffee in café
Wednesdays: 10:00-12:00
“Living the Creative Life” Women’s Coffee
Fridays: 10:00 – 12:00
1411 SW Morrison #220 Portland, Oregon 97205
braininjuryhelporg@yahoo.com  Call Pat Murray @ 503-752-6065

BIRRDsong
1st Saturday 9:30 - 11
1. Peer support group that is open to everyone, including family and the public
2. Family and Friends support group that is only for family and friends
Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital
Wistar Morris Room.
1015 NW 22nd Portland, 97210
Brian Liebenstein  503-608-2378 peersupportcoordinator@birrdsong.org

BRAINSTORMERS I 
2nd Saturday 10:00 - 11:30am 
Women survivor's self-help group  
Wilcox Building Conference Room A
2211 NW Marshall St., Portland 97210
Next to Good Samaritan Hospital
Jane Starbird, Ph.D., (503) 493-1221 
drstarbird@aol.com   

BRAINSTORMERS II 
3rd Saturday 10:00am-12:00noon
Survivor self-help group 
Emanuel Hospital Medical Office Building West Conference Room
2801 N Gantenbein, Portland, 97227 
Steve Wright stephenmwright@comcast.net
503-816-2510

CROSSROADS (Brain Injury Discussion Group)
2nd and 4th Friday, 1-3 pm
Independent Living Resources
1839 NE Couch St, Portland, OR 97232
Sarah Gerth, 503-232-7411 sarah@ilr.org
Must Be Pre-Registered

Doors of Hope - Spanish Support Group 
3rd Tuesday 5:30 -7:30pm 
Providence Hospital, 4805 NE Glisan St, Portland, Rm HCC 6 
503-­454-­6619 grupodeapoyo@BIRRDsong.org
Please Pre-Register

FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP 
3rd Saturday 1:00 pm-2:00 pm
Self-help and support group 
Currently combined with PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH BRAIN INJURY Emanuel Hospital, Rm 1035 
2801 N Gantenbein, Portland, 97227    
Pat Murray 503-752-6065 murraypamurray@aol.com

FARADAY CLUB 
On Hiatus
1st Saturday 1:00-2:30pm
Peer self-help group for professionals with BI
Emanuel Hospital, Rm. 1035 
2801 N Gantenbein, Portland, 97227   
 

HELP
(Help Each Other Live Positively)
4th Saturday - 1:00-3:00 pm
TBI Survivor self-help group (Odd months)
TBI Family & Spouse (Even Months)
Cognitive Enhancement Center
604 SE Water Ave Portland 97214
Brad Loftis, (503) 760-0425 cmuse2002@yahoo.com
Please contact at least two days in advance

OHSU Sports Concussion Support Group
For Youth and Their Families who have been affected by a head injury
2nd Tuesday, 7:00-8:30 pm
 OHSU Center for Health and Healing
3303 SW Bond Ave, 3rd floor conference room
Portland, OR 97239
For more information or to RSVP contact Jennifer Wilhelm (503) 494-3151 or email: wilhelmj@ohsu.edu
Sponsored by OHSU Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation  

PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH BRAIN INJURY
3rd Saturday 12:30 - 2:30 pm
self-help support group.
12:30-1 pm Currently combined with THRIVE SUPPORT GROUP for Pizza then joins FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP 
Emanuel Hospital, Rm 1035 
2801 N Gantenbein, Portland, 97227    
Pat Murray 503-752-6065 murraypamurray@aol.com

TBI Caregiver Support Meetings
4th Thursday 7-8:30 PM
8818 NE Everett St, Portland OR 97220
Call Karin Keita 503-208-1787
email: afripath@gmail.com
MUST BE PRE-REGISTERED

THRIVE SUPPORT GROUP
3rd Saturday 12:30 - 2:30 pm
Brain Injury Survivor support group ages 15-25
Emanuel Hospital, MOB West
Medical Office building West
Directly across from parking lot 2
501 N Graham, Portland, 97227 
Amy Werry and Kimberly Skillicorn be the facilitators
ThriveGroupPDX@gmail.com or 817.602.8387
MUST BE PRE-REGISTERED

TBI SOCIAL CLUB 
2nd Tuesday 11:30 am - 3 pm  
Pietro’s Pizza, 10300 SE Main St, Milwaukie OR 97222
Lunch meeting- Cost about $6.50
Michael Flick, 503-775-1718
MUST BE PRE-REGISTERED

Redmond (1)
Coffee Social
2nd & 4th Wednesday 2-4 pm
Lavender Thrift Store
724 SW 14th St, Redmond OR 97756
Call Cheryl Brown 541-548-7358 or Darlene 541-390-1594

Roseburg 
UMPQUA VALLEY DISABILITIES NETWORK
2nd Monday 12 noon - 1:15pm    
736 SE Jackson St, Roseburg, OR 97470 
(541) 672-6336    udvn@udvn.org 

Salem  (3)
SALEM BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP 
4th Thursday 4pm-6pm
Salem Rehabilitation Center, Conf Rm 2 A/B
2561 Center Street, Salem OR 97301 
Megan Snider (503) 561-1974  
megan.snider@salemhealth.org

SALEM COFFEE & CONVERSATION
Fridays 11-12:30 pm
Ike Box Café
299 Cottage St, Salem OR 97301

SALEM STROKE SURVIVORS & CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP
2nd Friday 1 pm –3pm
Salem Rehabilitation Center 
2561 Center Street, Salem OR 97301 
Scott Werdebaugh 503-838-6868
Ruby McEliroy 503-390-3372

VANCOUVER, WA

TBI Support Group
2nd and 4th Thursday 2pm to 3pm
Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital, 2211 NE 139th Street
conference room B 3rd floor Vancouver WA 98686
Carla-Jo Whitson, MSW, CBIS jarlaco@yahoo.com
360-991-4928

IDAHO & SURROUNDING TBI SUPPORT GROUPS

STARS/Treasure Valley BI Support Group
4th Thursday of each month 7-9 pm
Idaho Elks Rehab Hosp, Sawtooth Room (4th Floor), Boise ID
Kathy Smith (208-367-8962; kathsmit@sarmc.org)
Greg Meyer (208-489-4963; gmeyer@elksrehab.org)

Southeastern Idaho TBI support group
2nd Wednesday of each month 12:30 p.m.
LIFE, Inc., 640 Pershing Ste. A, Pocatello, ID
Tracy Martin (208-232-2747)
Clay Pierce (208-904-1208 or 208-417-0287; clayjoannep@cableone.net)

 Twin Falls TBI Support Group
 3rd Tuesday of each month 6:30-8 p.m.
St. Lukes’ Idaho Elks Rehab Hosp, Twin Falls, ID
Keran Juker (keranj@mvrmc.org; 208-737-2126)

 *Northern Idaho TBI Support Group
*For Veterans
3rd Sat. of each month 1-3 pm
Kootenai Med. Center, 2003 Lincoln Way, Rm KMC 3 Coeur d’Alene, ID
Sherry Hendrickson (208-666-3903, shendrickson@kmc.org)
Craig Sicilia (509-218-7982; craig@tbiwa.org)
Ron Grigsby (208-659-5459)

Quad Cities TBI Support Group
Second Saturday of each month, 9 a.m.
Tri State Memorial Hosp. 1221 Highland Ave, Clarkston, WA
Deby Smith (509-758-9661; biaqcedby@earthlink.net)

Stevens County TBI Support Group
1st Tuesday of each Month 6-8 pm
Mount Carmel Hospital, 982 E. Columbia,
Colville, WA
Craig Sicilia 509-218-7982; craig@tbiwa.org
Danny Holmes (509-680-4634)

*TBI Self-Development Workshop
“reaching my own greatness” *For Veterans
2nd & 4th Tues. 11 am- 1 pm
Spokane Downtown Library 900 W. Main Ave., Spokane, WA
Craig Sicilia (509-218-7982; craig@tbiwa.org)

Spokane TBI Survivor Support Group
2nd Wednesday of each month 7 p.m.
St. Luke's Rehab Institute, 711 S. Cowley, #LL1, Spokane, WA
Craig Sicilia (509-218-7982; craig@tbiwa.org)
Michelle White (509-534-9380; mmwhite@mwhite.com)
Valerie Wooten (360-387-6428)

Spokane Family & Care Giver BI Support Group
4th Wednesday of each month, 6 p.m.
St. Luke's Rehab Institute, 711 S. Cowley, #LL1, Spokane, WA
Melissa Gray (melissagray.mhc@live.com)
Craig Sicilia (509-218-7982; craig@tbiwa.org)
Michelle White (509-534-9380; mmwhite@mwhite.com)

Spokane County BI Support Group
4th Wednesday of each month
6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
12004 E. Main, Spokane Valley WA
Craig Sicilia (509-218-7982; craig@tbiwa.org)
Toby Brown (509-868-5388)

Spokane County Disability/BI Advocacy Group
511 N. Argonne, Spokane WA
Craig Sicilia (509-218-7982; craig@tbiwa.org)

Moses Lake TBI Support Group
2nd Wednesday of each month, 7 p.m.
Samaritan Hospital
801 E. Wheeler Rd # 404, Moses Lake, WA
Jenny McCarthy (509-766-1907)

Pullman TBI Support Group
3rd Tuesday of each month, 7-9p.m.
Pullman Regional Hospital, 835 SE Bishop Blvd, Conf Rm B
Pullman, WA
Alice Brown (509-338-4507)

Pullman BI/Disability Advocacy Group
2nd Thursday of each month, 6:30-8:00p.m.
Gladish Cultural Center, 115 NW State St., #213
Donna Lowry (509-725-8123)

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Multicultural Resources

The Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon and its Oregon Brain Injury Resource Network are committed to assisting families and service providers with meeting the need for resources in a variety of languages. Here are some of the resources we have identified to begin meeting this need. Please contact us at info@biaia.org if you have other resources we could link to.

Trauma Cerebral - Una Guia para Familiares y Amigos - Spanish: Acute Brain Injury: A Guide for Family and Friends

Información Acerca de la Lesión Cerebral Leve - Spanish: Facts About Concussion and Brain Injury and Where to Get Help

¿Qué es una Lesión Cerebral? Guía para Empleadores – Spanish: Understanding Brain Injury a Guide for Employers (PDF)

Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades – Spanish: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

 
 

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