Success Stories


Frank

Frank
Driving home from his college graduation with a degree in finance, Frank and his family were in a car wreck when a tire came apart. Two decades later, he lives with his parents who care for him 24 hours a day except for the two days a week that he spends at Side by Side. Making the Clubhouse feel like home he greets every visitor with a huge smile and a clever quip. Ever loyal to his school and a huge sports fan, Frank became the proud sponsor of a Miracle League youth baseball team.

 
Keith

Keith
Keith has a way with words and with people. An eloquent writer and effective leader in Clubhouse program meetings, he has been a valuable asset to Side by Side community for the past four years. He was struck by a car while crossing a busy street at age 13, but now at 24 Keith hopes to find a job where he is valued for his tremendous work ethic, generosity and eagerness to help others.

 
Marcus

Marcus
Marcus’s humor and dance skills are lunchtime entertainment at the Clubhouse. He remembers well a successful career as an electronics specialist in the Navy, but since a car accident in 2001 left him in a coma for more than a month, he has trouble remembering small things, like to take big steps and how to get around the Clubhouse. Marcus’s membership at Side by Side is a benefit both to his parents who get a much needed break from care giving and to members and staff whose faces break into smiles as he walks (or dances) into a room.

 
Angie

Angie
As a teenager, Angie was injured on Christmas Day in a car accident that claimed the life of her boyfriend. She is known at the Clubhouse for her happy spirit, persistence and ability to get anywhere she wants to go and do anything she wants to do. Angie creates fantastic, sometimes impossible, lunch menus and serves on every party committee.

 
Charles

Charles
Charles joined Side by Side seven years ago after a circle of support and a special Medicaid program helped him move from a nursing home to a real home with a real family in a real community. He is our dedicated salad chef and rotating dominoes champ.

 
justin

Justin
I heard of Side by Side when I was still living in Boston after my injury occurred at the age of 16. I am at Side by Side because I want a growing process with new things to do and learn. We could all be sad and think about the bad things in the past but I want to think about the present and beyond. Let’s move on!

 
Debbie

Debbie
Deprived of oxygen for a time as a result of a 1980 motor vehicle accident, Debbie was also paralyzed on her right side. She has worked hard in therapy and has come a long way back. Debbie is now able to work a part time job and has found the time to publish a book of her own poetry. Around the Clubhouse you can find her taking minutes at important meetings and composing and distributing the daily schedule.

 
Richie

Richie
Like so many people with brain injuries, Richie can no longer drive and needs a way to socialize. Using rapid transit he works part time and attends the Clubhouse on his day off. Even though he can no longer pursue his career as a drummer, his life is fully lived.

 
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