Daily Schedule


Typical Day at the Clubhouse

This description was written by two members, Marcus and Deborah.  

WELCOME to Side by Side Brain Injury Clubhouse. You can find many smiles every day at the Clubhouse that are sincere and genuine. The normal day begins at 9:15 am. Members can arrive as early as 8 am. A wide variety of transportation companies, personal and other specific companies carry us back and forth to and from the Clubhouse. On our arrival, we meet in the dining hall until our work unit meetings begin at 9:15. If you come on Fridays breakfast is provided at a reasonable price. There are also lockers for use upstairs and downstairs. All members use the elevator to go up and down. There is a nice ramp from the parking lot into the main back door and an electric door opener which makes it easier for everyone to come and go.

The day starts with a program meeting on Tuesdays and Fridays, otherwise we split into our unit meetings in order to volunteer for job tasks in the unit you sign up for. Here we offer a work day program with volunteer jobs in 3 units: Kitchen, Business, and Maintenance Units.

Kitchen Unit prepares lunch for all clubhouse members and staff. These are at the greatest price of $3.50.You get a drink, main course, side item, a salad, and a dessert. Now tell me where you can find a better deal. Our lunches are very good and good for you. We prepare everything from scratch. That way it is better for you than stuff out of a box or can.

Business Unit does all the office tasks needed to run the Clubhouse such as make and mail out newsletters, thank you notes, and birthday cards. They also answer the phone, take attendance, and collect the lunch money.

Maintenance Unit keeps the Clubhouse clean and in a sanitary working order. They also take care of the grounds around the house and keep the inside and outside looking nice every day.

All jobs are voluntary. You choose what you can do well or what you would like to learn. The Clubhouse helps members to obtain paying jobs. Even after you get a job you can come back at any time. You will always be a member of the Clubhouse.

In the afternoons we offer groups like adjustment and gratitude group, walk group (we also go to the park and play basketball), yoga, and Spanish class. Many members and staff speak Spanish here at the Clubhouse. We as well have game nights once a month and outings depending on likes and weather.

Here at the Clubhouse we have a great snack bar where you can get something to drink or to munch on. All of our snacks are good for you and very health conscious. Just to give you an idea of how the Clubhouse has helped people, I was in a wheelchair and am now walking even without a cane. A lot is because of the support of the Clubhouse.

We all welcome you to our family and hope you enjoy your time with us. Now if you have any questions, please ask. If I cannot answer it I am sure someone here can help you.

You can download our Week at a Glance to see what our work ordered day, meals and meeting schedules look like.

General Schedule

Day Activity Details
M – F
8 – 9 a.m.
Members arrive Get settled in, socialize, prepare for the work day
M, W, Th Morning meeting Work unit meeting – where members sign up to do the jobs needed to keep the Clubhouse going
T, F
9:15 – 10
Morning meeting Program meeting – where the whole house gathers to talk about issues that affect everyone
M – F
9:15 – noon
Work in the units
M – F
noon – 1 p.m.
Lunch Members bring their own lunch or purchase a warm, healthy made-from-scratch meal from the Clubhouse
M – F
1 – 2
Work in the units
M, T, Th, F
2 – 2:45
Various groups Support group, exercise group, program issues discussion, education (e.g., computer usage, Spanish-English, brain behavior)
M – F
3
Members leave

Testimonials

  • 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
  • Hi, I’m Chris, and I am on the search to find my voice.  My voice seemed to disappear at the time of my initial injury, some 2 ½ years ago, and I have been on a continuous search to find it ever since.  My voice is very important to me, and having people, many of whom I am close to, not be able to understand me when I’m speaking is very frustrating.  This issue came about right after my accident, when I woke up in the hospital, and realized that I was speaking at a much faster rate.  I was hard to understand, and had no idea why.  This was very confusing, and also frustrating.

    When I moved down to Atlanta, in the winter of 2012, and began to attend the Side By Side Clubhouse after therapy at Shepherd Pathways, I noticed my voice beginning to improve.  Noticing this achievement then gave me the confidence in order to begin socializing once again.  Actually speaking began to strengthen the muscles in my mouth, which was what I needed in order to be understood once again.  Over time, the confidence in my voice returned.  Now, there are times in which I begin to speak way too quickly once again.  It is at these times that I have to work toward a slower rate of speaking, focusing on the enunciation of certain words and phrases.


    A Search to Find My Voice
  • Today I am going to try and share the  Clubhouse’s  excitement about our fundraising hoops  battle on  March 16  2013 less than a week after my Birthday. If you’re wondering what you should get me let it be known I will gladly accept cash and donations to my Side by Side Clubhouse to fund the day to day operations  of my favorite  place in the world where I  enjoy working in the business unit a couple of days a week.  While I’m in my Blog  I feel it necessary to remember my good friend  Mike McCord who was the first man that I spoke to at Emory  after awaking from my coma and then I followed him up here to Side by Side. My man Mike and I got along so well because like me he was a Dawg fan but now he works in the private rehab world with individuals who are sure of returning to the work force. Sitting here talking about him is only making me miss him that much more.  Frank F.


    Fundraising Hoops Battle and Frank’s Shout Out to Mike McCord
  • Well, my drivers evaluation out to Side By Side, from Spring Creek House, is less than 24 hours away!  I’ve been preparing for this since the winter of 2012, and I feel that all of the hard work will definitely pay off!  I’ve been plotting the route out on my phone, driving out here every night this week with my father, and writing down the route, on paper, every day this!  I feel like this “homework” will benefit me greatly! I am very proud of myself for doing all of the “legwork”, needed in order to drive, independently, outside my allowed radius of 3 miles.  I am also very thankful of my father for putting his life, in Northern VA on hold, to come down here and help me with this!  It is very re-assuring to know that he is there to support me in my endeavors!  Tomorrow’s result could turn out to be a huge accomplishment for me!  We’ll see how it goes..  Shep


    Inch by Inch, Mile by Mile- The Long Road to Recovery
  • Side by Side Clubhouse has been an invaluable resource for our research on usability and accessibility of wireless technology by people recovering from brain injury. The staff and members have provided critical feedback and insights on existing technologies and proposed new solutions. The data and insights we gather at Side by Side Clubhouse is used to inform designers and developers of wireless technology about the needs and wants of people living with the effects of brain injury.

    John Morris, Ph.D. Research Scientist Wireless Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) Shepherd Center


    John Morris, Research Scientist, thanks members for critical feedback and insight