Supporter Spotlight


 Join the members and staff of Side by Side in honoring exemplars of compassion and generosity who we’re so lucky to have in our Clubhouse family.

GrantstoGreenWebSeal_editedSide by Side is Awarded Grants to Green

A greater awareness of environmental issues and growing energy costs has virtually every industry looking to adopt eco-friendly practices into their work. The nonprofit sector is no exception. Going green is helping organizations reduce their environmental impact and at the same time improve their bottom line. An innovative community initiative, Grants to Green, has helped Side by Side to do just that.

Launched in 2008, Grants to Green gives nonprofits the opportunity to renovate or
build healthier work places that are environmentally efficient and provides
environmentally focused knowledge and funding to strengthen nonprofits in the
Atlanta region. Grants to Green is a partnership initiative between the Community
Foundation for Greater Atlanta, a respected grant maker and community leader in
metro Atlanta and the Southeastern region, and Southface, a national expert in
“green” building science, design and construction. The Kendeda Fund, a longtime
funder of the Community Foundation, funds the Grants to Green initiative.

 

King & Spalding, LLP – Atlanta Office

What makes Side by Side special to you?

I believe Game Night at Side by Side is an experience that benefits our King & Spalding participants more than it does our friends at Side by Side.  After a long week at the office, there is nothing better than surrounding yourself with good people.

What is your fondest memory while working with Side by Side?

We feel lucky that members allow us to share in their lives.  Picking just a single memory is difficult, but  our first tour of the Clubhouse sticks out as a particularly special time.  It is impossible not to be drawn in by our tour guide… It was especially compelling  to see the art created by members and  to hear the personal stories behind each artist. Learning about Side by Side programs and activities, and the about the positive difference the Clubhouse makes in the days of members, makes spending time there that much more enjoyable and meaningful.

What brought you to Side by Side?

Neil Ligon and I were catching up over dinner a year and a half ago. He was explaining Side by Side to me and invited me out to the Jawbones vs. Sawbones charity game. After being there for about 5 minutes myself and other K&S colleagues knew this was something we wanted to get involved in. From there it has really blossomed into a wonderful friendship. We look forward to game nights and being a small part of the Side by Side community.

 

             

Pictured above, left to right:  Will Lee and Teddy play Connect Four, Suzanne tries her hand at dominoes, an intense game of Uno heats up. For more pictures, visit our Facebook page.

 

Testimonials

  • My name is Matt. I currently work two days a week at Side by Side as a member in the business unit. Prior to my brain injury, I played tennis. I currently hold the record for wins in Tennis at Belmont University, where I played #2 singles my first 2 years and #1 doubles all four years.  I played #1 singles my last 2 years. Now, I still play tennis with my son on occasion.  I never let him win.


    Matt’s Tennis Experience
  • Hello my name is Jared, and I am a member over at Side by Side. I work in the Business Unit. I am a Basketball Athlete, and have been out of school for almost 2 years but not quite. I feel like the Clubhouse Family has really helped me out a lot.

    The 2 years I have been in rehab has been a learning experience ha-ha, but fun in the same way. It has really taught me that this is not something that happens overnight. Side by Side is an excellent place for people who have had Setbacks.


    Jared’s First Blog
  • I have found that Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse has made me aware that I am not the only person who is recovering from a traumatic brain injury. I REALLY appreciate the opportunity to participate in something more constructive than sulking by myself being depressed about my present predicament. This serves no productive purpose. It only adds to my frustration and makes me upset for no apparent reason. Firstly, I have realized that there is a light at the end of the tunnel! I am able to speak with other people who also are recovering from TBI (traumatic Brain Injury) this helps me by letting me know that there is more to life than being miserable or angry at whomever for no obvious reason in particular, I understand that if I approach life with a positive attitude that I will succeed in anything on which I focus my attention for that, I am extremely appreciative. I am starting to feel human for the first time in over four years!

    Forever thankful,

    Bil


    “What I Get from Side by Side” by Bil
  • “My name is Felicia, I am relatively new to the clubhouse, and recently went to my first ladies’ luncheon. My injury was sustained three years ago during a surgery to remove a brain tumor. What was supposed to be a routine 3-5 hour procedure resulted in a massive right hemisphere stroke, five additional surgeries, left-sided paralysis, a medically induced three week coma, seizures, and the bleak prognosis of “at best, she’ll be a vegetable!” An emergency transfer to the top rehabilitation hospital in the nation specializing in spinal cord & brain injury rehabilitation all of which I had to be told about, when I woke up. I thought I was in the recovery room from the initial brain surgery, when in reality the aforementioned had occurred, I could not breathe, eat or walk on my own and had to relearn how to do each  so “ I woke up like this”  has a much deeper meaning to me than Beyoncé’s superficial  vain and  “flawless” message. In my former life, as I refer to my life pre-stroke I worked with several private practice  OB/GYN offices as a phlebotomist that was requested by everyone.  One of the bonuses of working for a private practice in the healthcare field is the many delicious lunches and on occasions dinner outings provided by the pharmaceutical reps it was during these times that staff became more than just coworkers and could enjoy each other’s’ friendship relating through OMG!-stories about the husband, children,  and past life experiences, These friendships   showed up strong during my injury and were one of the best supports  throughout recovery. The ladies’ luncheon reminded me of those fun times and the beginning building blocks of great friendships I look forward to attending many more!”


    My First Ladies’ Luncheon by Felicia
  • I feel very good about being a member of this Clubhouse. It gives me something to look forward to every Tuesday and Thursday. One beautiful thing about the Clubhouse is the dedication and compassion of staff who understand the challenges members go through every day of their lives.

    Today has been a particularly good day for me because after feeling down earlier, I had the chance to speak with Neil about my situation. He was not only supportive of my situation, but also very encouraging.

    I have also learned a lot by interacting with fellow survivors of brain injury by discussing some of our daily challenges with them. It is helpful to know that I am not alone in my journey to get better.

    -George


    George, not alone in recovery
  • My name is Myron and I’m currently a new member here at Side by Side Clubhouse. I have only been here for two weeks but the experience has been monumental in my life. Side by Side is deeply involved in the community and have numerous events and tasks that allow for their members to take part in. Upon the first few days, I learned about the Lawyers/Doctors basketball game, the Game Night, the tasks of the different departments that are presently here, and the value of working together. Each day is an opportunity for me to learn something new and the members here are outstanding. My views on the effects of TBI injuries have changed since the days I was in the hospital recovering. My thoughts in the past were that my injury would prevent me from doing a lot of things in life that I enjoyed before injury. This program is great, because it’s showing me that being productive and remaining positive is definitely possible. Also, separating me from others or choosing to do things on my own is not the best method to take. I’m now more receptive of doing things in teams and working with others.

    –Myron


    Meet Myron
  • For my Blog today I am choosing to discuss my love of the Side by Side Clubhouse which I’ve been a member of for the last 10 years.  Oh and today was noteworthy in the fact that my driver Carson returned from his vacation in New Smyrna Beach, Fla’.  He told me that he’d had a great vacation but there was a lot of sea weed.  OK I’ll get back to my love of my House o’ Clubage.  It’s the folks here that I truly enjoy being around, such as Rob and Emma for example and their outgoing niceness.

    -Frank


    Clubhouse Love–(thanks, Frank, we love you too!)
  • Hello everybody out there, my name is Javon and I attend the Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse. I got my brain injury a little over 2 years ago and coming to Side by Side has helped me. Since I have started coming here it helps me to be surrounded by other people with traumatic brain injuries and not being judged by what I can and can’t do.

    -Javon


    Meet Javon
  • I learn something new every day.  I absolutely love coming to the clubhouse.  Looking forward to coming here is wonderful for me.  I prepare the night before for the next day.  For me, I wake up early, prepare myself, and I’m all the way ready when my transportation comes.  Once I get here I get to socialize, calm down from dealing with all the automobile traffic, and be on time for my meeting in the Business Unit.  While I’m here, I get to learn new things.  My transferrable business skills are utilized. I get to help others in the Business Unit.  It doesn’t cost anything to be friendly to others.  I am being tested on my patience. I need for people to be tolerant with me, and I need to be tolerant with others. The clubhouse helps to teach me the patience that I absolutely need.

    -Catherine


    Learning Preparation & Patience at the Clubhouse
  • Today for my Blog I will take a cue from my close friend Mrs. Virginia and go into some of the things I love about my house o’ clubbage these things would be… 1st: staff members who are a nice bunch of people who always remember that it’s a Side by Side Clubhouse and they don’t have to come down on us whenever we slack off for just a second they realize that from time to time we might need to take a breather for just a second.

    2nd: Fellow members.  Just a bunch of great friends & people like myself (cognitively impaired people like myself who aren’t quite ready to return to the work force yet quite often we need to work together to get what we want to complete completed.

    3rd: My main man & driver Mr. Carson. Carson has been my best friend since my injury. I hope that he feels as stongly ‘bout this kid. he must think a great deal of me in that he allows me to listen to whatever I want to on the radio on our long journeys down from North Ga.

     

    -Frank


    Some things I love about the Clubhouse
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