Side by Side Construction Update

It’s been a long road, but we’re onto the fun parts of our building renovation…we have new furniture for the first time in 20 years! When we opened our doors, we were gifted with used office furniture that has long since become Shepherd Pathways. Cindi added, “While nostalgic (to me at least) and very handy, it’s time to move these pieces on to another needy nonprofit. 

Up next, a renovation of the kitchen & landscaping the front yard…
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Side by Side Welcomes New Board Members

Lloyd Bell of Bell Law Firm:

With more than 25 years of legal experience, Lloyd Bell has built a sterling courtroom record and recovered millions of dollars for medical malpractice victims. A veteran of the U.S. Army JAG Corps, Bell founded his own law firm in 1999 and is consistently recognized as one of the top attorneys in his field. In 2018, Bell Law Firm was recognized as Personal Injury Litigation Team of the Year by Daily Report, the leading source of legal news in Atlanta. Lloyd Bell has been included in Atlanta Magazine’s prestigious Super Lawyers list every year since 2005, and more recently the Super Lawyers “Top 100 Lawyers in Georgia” list in 2018. More>>

Elizabeth George of Shah Law Firm:

Elizabeth “Liz” George is a personal injury and civil litigation attorney in Atlanta. Her practice primarily focuses on serious personal injury cases including automobile, trucking, motorcycle, premises liability, negligent security, professional malpractice, wrongful death and other serious or catastrophic injury and tort cases. Liz also prosecutes and defends various civil litigation matters.

In 2012, she left the life of billable hours and corporate representation to assist her husband in expanding his growing practice, The Shah Law Firm where she is now a partner. More>>

Side by Side Attends ‘Good Morning Aphasia’ Event at Georgia State University

Last week, Associate Professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders Jacqueline Laures Gore and her graduate students hosted ‘Good Morning Aphasia’, an event offering vital information on technology, aphasia recovery and other issues that people with aphasia and their friends and family face every day. For more information about Professor Gore’s work researching aphasia, check out this interview

Side by Side sent a group of members to attend the event and they returned feeling inspired by the speakers. Deborah reported, “I wanted more!” She also explained to other members a little about her aphasia and how she uses writing to express herself when she runs into challenges expressing herself. 

Want to know more about aphasia, here’s the National Aphasia Association’s description an interesting video on how to communicate with a person with asphasia

Donate to Honor a Caregiver in YOUR Life

We all know someone who is ALWAYS by your side when you need them. Every member of Side by Side has had a sudden shift in their life after acquiring their brain injury. What is not always noted is that brain injury impacts the entire family. At Side by Side, we support members AND their families. Since 75% of our members live with their family, a huge benefit we provide is respite – which is important to the health of any household.

Side by Side is happy to provide a place where caregivers know their loved ones are safe, valued and productive. Please donate to support the entire faimly and finish our fiscal year successfully. Now through the end of our fiscal year on June 30th, we’ll send a note letting the honoree know you gave to Side by Side! Every donation helps other caregivers have a break! Click here to donate>>

Upcoming Events for Active Members & Families

May 27 – Side by Side Closed for Memorial Day

June 1 – Social Saturday

Every quarter, our folks choose a spot near the Clubhouse to go to as a group and enjoy each other’s company. Members attend an average of 2 days a week. So, it’s a good chance to meet other members that come on different days. This month, people are choosing between the movies or bowling!

June 14 – Gamenight & Caregiver Support Group

We’re looking for a family or organization to sponsor this gamenight. If you’re interested, email Teresa at [email protected] for more details.