To the editor:
The diagnosis of a traumatic brain injury is a daunting challenge for anyone and for the family that surrounds the survivor. As providers of services to persons with traumatic brain injury, we at Catholic Charities Community Services were very interested in your recent article "Family helps with brain injuries" in the November issue, and deeply touched by the efforts of the Schessl family and the support of their parish.
The maze of services, agencies and opportunities can be very difficult for beginners in the field of brain injury survival. We are aware of this as we work daily with over 80 adults whose lives were permanently changed by a brain injury.
Agencies like ours are ready to help those with traumatic brain injury who are between the ages of 18 and 64, no matter when the injury occurred, with service coordination, living skills training and counseling. Our approach to all of our clients is to assist them and their support groups of families and friends as they re-learn and re-connect with themselves, their gifts and the community around them. We are truly committed to the independence, inclusion and individuality all people so that they may life with dignity as people of God.
Please contact us to discuss our services or to just learn about more options. Traumatic Brain Injury Services of Catholic Charities Community Services can be reached at 585-339-9800, ext. 293. We are here to help.
Paul T. Pickering, Executive Director
Tracy McNett, Traumatic Brain Injury Services Director
Catholic Charities Community Services