When I was a young lad, I always wanted to do everything that my dad did. He was a milkman and
delivered to private houses what they wanted. One of stops was a catholic school. He delivered small carton of milk to each one of the students. It was the same school that I attended and since I was the
milkman’s son, I was elected to see that each classroom got small carton of milk for each one of the
student’s in the class. That way I was helping my father do his job. I continued to do that job the whole
school year. I felt like I was a milkman just like my father.
As time went on I started to enjoy everything my father did. The two of us would take a drive down to
Lake Michigan and go perch fishing. We used a power line to catch the fish. He showed me how to
throw out the anchor line for the trolley and set up the line so it could go up and down the line with
ease for when and if there was a bite on my line. The two of would spend many hours sitting on the pier
talking to other, while we were waiting for the fish to bite. If we were lucky the two of us would catch a
large amount of perch so there would be enough to have a fish dinner at home.
A strong and lasting relation was obtained by both of us, during that time.
While I was growing up the two of would go off into the woods and go hunting, He would teach me the
proper way to hunt and be safe and relish any time that we spent out in wild. We would spend countless
hours with each other, talking and laughing about almost anything. There were many times that the
two of us would make special attempts to trick my mother about almost anything.
After my TBI injury, the one true friend that was there for me was my father. He continued to take me
out hunting and fishing . He was always trying to make my life meaningful, and he sure did. There are
many times that I will be doing something and I wish that he was still here, so we could do it together.
He may be gone, but never forgotten.
By Synapse House Member, Tom W.
Synapse House was one of 56 charities to participate in the DuPage Human Race on April 28th. We are proud to announce we met out fundraising goal and were able to raise over $4,500! Thank you to all who raced, donated and fund raised for Synapse House! Make sure you watch the recap video below that was made by Synapse House, Member Scott. B!
The Green Garden Fair is happening on Saturday, May 12 from 9:00am to Noon at First Congregational Church located at 235 S. Kenilworth in Elmhurst, IL. Make sure you stop by and look for Flour To Empower there! We will be selling our delicious sweets!
WBBM NEWSRADIO stopped by the Clubhouse and did a story about the amazing work we are doing at Synapse House. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL STORY!
PHOTO: Carm and Tom
We at the Clubhouse are getting a new member and her name is Carm. She used to go to the old clubhouse in Park Ridge. There we became friends and worked together on many of the various jobs that we performed. She was always in a good mood and was like a ball of fire when it was time to do the work that was needed to complete that job. She was very good at communicating with people and working on the telephone. She really shines bright when working on the phone, people are just drawn to her like an old friend.
I used to do all the faxes that had to be sent out. Carm and I made a good team working on those projects. As fast as she cranked out a fax, I immediately went to the fax machine and sent it out over the wires. Those faxes never had a chance to gather dust and be put on hold. If there was any job to be done, the first person to call for was Carm. The old clubhouse relied on her quite a bit, and now so will we.
We will be amazed on how much phone contacts she will handle and not be worried about how the Clubhouse will come off to the general public. She will be sure to deliver a very professional delivery and shine brightly when dealing with the outside world.
The Clubhouse wishes to give her a big WELCOME ABOARD!!
Today is primary election day in Illinois. There are many candidates to choose from. If you take a look at how you feel about all the various issues that at the fronts and who thinks like you do, you have many choices to choose from. Try to look at all or the candidates on the ballot. There are many, but do they think like you. You have to really think what kind of government you want and see which candidate is closest to thinking like you. You must look at all the candidates and try to make honest decision on who to vote for. That makes your vote very important and should be thought about long and hard before casting your vote. Try to really think about each of the candidates and how they would perform their duties if elected.
Each candidate will try their best to swing your vote in their direction. If possible, they can make you think that you are voting your mind. We will see after the election how successful they were in conducting a successful campaign.
Get voting information here
By Synapse House Member Tom W.
We were interviewed by communications leader and musician, Al Cole! You can listen to our interview on Tuesday, March 6th at 7pm CT on the Al Cole / People of Distinction Broadcasting Network through Apple Inc's iTunes Radio Network (under their News/Talk provision, featuring CBS Radio, Fox News, NPR, C-Span, BBC and other top national & international shows).
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.