A slip. A fall. A car accident. A hit on the football field. In one moment, lives are forever changed. These are the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries, or TBI. Called the “invisible” injury, TBI can impact people long after other injuries have been treated. Broken bones mend and scrapes heal, but for many victims, TBI is for life.

Too often, though,TBI victims go unnoticed and untreated because of the invisible nature of their condition. Many find they cannot hold down day jobs or socialize in the ways they did before their injury. That’s where organizations like Beacon House come in.

TBI Survivors Find Hope at Beacon House

More than 36,000 people in Hampton Roads live with disabilities caused by a traumatic brain injury. For 40 of those individuals, Beacon House in Virginia Beach is a safe haven.

There are no patients at Beacon House. Since 2008, the clubhouse-style organization has provided services to adults living with disabilities caused by a brain injury. Members there work together to support each other in the pursuit of personal goals. In the process, people develop the skills and self-esteem needed to regain control of meaningful and productive lives.

While at Beacon House, members work side by side with staff to keep their clubhouse running successfully. Some choose to work in the garden, while others update the monthly calendar or work on the organization’s newsletter.

Through participation in Beacon House, people have the opportunity to rejoin the worlds of friendships, family, important work, employment, education, and to access the services and support they may need. A restorative environment, Beacon House offers structure for those who have had their lives drastically disrupted. The organization also provides support to the families of the brain injury survivors.

The only program in Hampton Roads offering services to individuals, Beacon House became a part of Eggleston (a non-profit centered on educating people with disabilities) in 2012. The organization is on a limited budget, but is partly supported by state general funds administered by the Virginia Department for the Aging and Rehabilitative Services and by generous donations. If you’d like to contribute to Beacon House, visit eggleston.networkforgood.com.

Virginia Brain Injury Lawyers

Richard Serpe, a Virginia brain injury lawyer, represents victims that have sustained a traumatic brain injury in an accident that was caused by the negligence of someone else. If you or a loved one is suffering from the effects of a brain injury, you can be sure that your case will be handled with the respect, dedication and urgency that it deserves. Visit VirginiaBrainInjury.com for more information.