There are many reasons why I love the Clubhouse. The main reason is I can be myself, and can write
stories and articles for their newsletter. I also can work in their kitchen, where I help prepare the
lunches and other articles that they produce for outside sales, which makes the members take an active part in seeing the Clubhouse is profitable, so it will stay open and there for all the members will have a place where they can go and make their attendance something they can be proud of doing. They make all the members take a personal interaction in the Clubhouses existence for the general public to see that a TBI survivor is still a worthwhile member of our society.
By Synapse House Member Tom W.
A special thank you to Kristina Kage and The New 93.9 Lite FM for helping us spread the word on our mission to empower brain injury survivors!
Synapse House founder and Executive Director, Deborah Giesler, was interviewed by Kristina Kage on The New 93.9 Lite FM Weekly Show.
Listen to the interview at the 16:00 minute mark:
9am-1pm at Synapse House | SATURDAY, MARCH 10, 2018
The theme of this boot camp is "Empowering the Caregiver". The cost of the boot camp is $15 and includes lunch. The boot camp will focus on legal documents, common medical issues and ways caregivers can care for themselves.
WINTER CLOSING: Synapse House has decided the potential for snow is so great over the next 24 hours that we will be cancelling Clubhouse on Friday, 2/9/18 AND the caregiver support group on 2/10/18.
Our next support group will be our Caregiver Boot Camp on March 10. The theme of this boot camp is "Empowering the Caregiver". The cost of the boot camp is $15 and includes lunch.
I was invited to a New Year’s eve party at my boss’s house. I was single and did not have date, so I was as free as a bird. The party was filled people that work with, so I knew almost everybody that was there. There was plenty of food and liquid refreshments available. We were gathered all together and conversing about everything, when it happened. We were going to play a game that required to have a partner. Since was by myself, I was paired off with the boss’s daughter.
She was also single and unattached.
She was very shy and I was more than nervous with how this was going to turn out. I was surprised how easy she was to talk to and was surprised that she really enjoyed the outdoors. I learned that she
liked to fish and she not only caught her own fish, but she handled by herself, when she came back to the dock, she cleaned them herself. That struck a special chord with me. Not only did girl like to
fish, but she wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty cleaning fish.
I really had to know this girl, she must be something special. We continued talking the entire evening and we decided that we would try dating each other.
Who would know that a first encounter that would turn out to be the start of a lifelong love affair that continues today.
Story by Synapse House Member Tom W.
Check out the video segment on Synapse House and Flour To Empower that aired on ABC Channel 7!
ABC Channel 7 stopped by Synapse House on Tuesday! Our segment will air This Sunday, February 4th, between 8am-10am.
Be sure to check back to our website, facebook, twitter or LinkedIn pages to see the link to the news segment!
Rep. State Representative Carol Sente plans to unveil legislation that would ban children under age 12 from playing tackle football in Illinois, in an effort to reduce head injuries.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics there were nearly 3 million non-fatal workforce injuries in 2014, the most recent time frame of available statistics. This is the equivalent of 3.2 cases for every 100 full time equivalent employees. This number doesn’t include non-work place related injuries and illnesses, making it clear just how many of these events occur each year.
In addition to the shear number of work related injuries, there is a vast amount of lost productivity. For the 3 million injuries there are 24 million days of lost productivity. According to ODEP, the Office of Disability Employment Policy, the current labor force is comprised of 20% of disabled employees and 68% of nondisabled employees. The unemployment rate of people with disabilities is 8.4%, as opposed to 3.7% in the nondisabled population.
Clearly, the return to work of these individuals is a critical endeavor and rehabilitation is the vehicle for those who must strive to overcome obstacles and return to productivity. The cost to employers and health care and families is astronomical but the loss of self esteem and identity is devastating. Programming offering workforce development, work readiness training or retraining is the necessary solution to this problem. The benefits to employers and employees are impressive. For employers, they gain from the retention of experienced workers, less employee turnover, greater productivity, improved employee relations and reduced costs. The employee is able to retain and improve their skill level, stay financially stable and maintain a better morale by participating in the workforce, reducing isolation and staying productive. Most Return to Work programs offer ongoing support, continued analysis of performance, job accommodations assistance and problem solving strategies.
Synapse House prides itself on returning members to employment, engagement and empowerment.