Who we are

Side by Side is the only work-oriented day program in Georgia that specifically supports adults with brain injuries - and their families - for as long as they choose. With help from Atlanta’s Shepherd Center and Emory University to get us started, we have been partnering with people on their goals toward self-sufficiency for over two decades.

We are a unique community-based program where our interdisciplinary team of brain injury specialists work interdependently with participants in all that we do.

What we do

Since 2000, Side by Side has provided a supportive environment where adults suffering from brain injuries can redevelop social and work-related skills at their own pace in a meaningful, productive way.

People with brain injuries come from every walk of life – a business executive, a teacher, an athlete, or a returning veteran. After they come home from the hospital, they face a big unknown: “Will I need non-stop caregiving from my family? Will I be able to work again? Will I have friends, colleagues and live a productive life?” Side by Side answers these unknowns for hundreds of people in Georgia’s brain injury community.

We need your help

In Georgia alone, about 65,000 new brain injuries occur each year - yet only 20% of people impacted are able to access long-term support services due largely to a lack of awareness in the community and their families ability to pay after long hospital stays and intensive outpatient therapy.

You can help give more local families access to brain injury services regardless of their ability to pay by donating and/or volunteering. We have a wonderful donor community of companies, foundations and families across Atlanta who want to support our member’s path to independence. You can also give your time providing peer-support during our day program or social events. If you are a student, we even partner with Georgia State and Brenau University to train future Rehabilitation Counselors and Occupational Therapists. Your gifts help make Side by Side stronger.


Side by Side reopened in August after being closed for due to a spike in Covid-19 cases in Georgia. We have fewer than 10 members, wear masks, practice social distancing and follow updated public health guidelines.

Special thanks to all our sponsors