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Journey On Newsletter Volume 8


In recognition of March being Brain Injury Awareness Month, Fort Collins Mayor, Doug Hutchinson, will proclaim March 15th, Fort Collins Brain Injury Awareness Day!

The Proclamation will be read by the Mayor at City Hall and accepted by Shared Journeys in a ceremony on March 15th 2011 at 5:30PM. Everyone is encouraged to join us for this very special event!

For more about our upcoming events for 2011, be sure to see the full text of our Journey On! newsletter here (Vol 8 – Spring 2011)

Journey On Newsletter Volume 7 – Holiday 2010

Looking forward to a Bright Future!

December 2010 – Last December we had to discontinue the Day Program for lack of funding. In January our Board of Directors agreed that we needed to step back and re-group. For the entire year of 2010, we decided to continue our fundraising and invest in a plan for sustainable success.

We are working with A-Train Marketing and Communications to develop a Community Outreach and Awareness Campaign plan. A-Train has worked with many non-profits in Northern Colorado and knows the workings of the non-profit world.

We have always known where we want to go with Shared Journeys and now we have a better idea of how to get there!

We have some exciting things planned for 2011 so “stay tuned”!

For now I want to thank everyone for your continued support and wish you all a safe, happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!


Journey On!
– Debbie

See the full text of the Journey On! newsletter here (Vol 7 – Holiday 2010)

Journey On Newsletter Vol 5 – Fall 2009

August 20, 2009 – The Autumn Nights event on September 18, 2009 will be unlike any you have attended!!
Special guest Derek Amato will be performing.

I saw Derek’s story on Channel 9 News and was so intrigued! I contacted him to see if he would be interested in telling his story and performing at our Fall Event. He graciously accepted and since then we have forged a friendship that we believe will be long lasting! Derek has a special place in his heart for Nate and says he has been inspired by him.

I am so grateful to Derek and his team (Ken and Gary) as well as Sara Durnil and our ever faithful volunteers, who have been so helpful with the event planning and development!

For more about upcoming and recent Shared Journeys events, see the full text of our Journey On! newsletter at this link (Vol 5 – Fall 2009)

Journey On! Newsletter Volume 4

“Autumn Nights” Promises to be a “Don’t Miss” Event! Planning has already begun for the “Autumn Nights” Gala Fall Event, September 18, 2009.

The format will be different this year. We will be at a bigger venue – The Drake Event Center – which will accommodate 400+ attendees!

  • VIP meet and greet with Special Guest Entertainer and Chef demonstrations with hors d’ oeuvres
  • Seated Dinner accompanied by live entertainment
  • Live and Silent Auction (only 5 – 10 major live auction items, so it won’t go on for hours)
  • Dancing
  • Black Jack tables open to those feeling lucky – use winnings for more chances for drawings (Drawing for trip for 2 – destination not yet determined)

Please contact me if you would like to volunteer for this fun event! I’ll be sending out more information regarding the event soon.

Thanks for your continued support!!

Journey On!
– Debbie

For more on recent and upcoming Shared Journeys events, see the full text of our Journey On! newsletter at this link (Vol 4 – Summer 2009)

Journey On! Newsletter Volume 3 – Spring 2009

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that at least 5.3 Million Americans currently have a long-term or lifelong need for help to perform activities of daily living as a result of a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

According to one study, about 40% of those hospitalized with a TBI had at least one unmet need for services one year after their injury. The most frequent unmet needs were:

  • Improving memory and problem solving
  • Managing stress and emotional upsets
  • Controlling one’s temper
  • Improving one’s job skills

TBI can cause a wide range of functional changes affecting thinking, language, learning, emotions, behavior, and/or sensation. It can also cause epilepsy and increase the risk for conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and other brain disorders that become more prevalent with age.

(Information obtained from the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA).

For the full text of our Journey On! newsletter, simply follow this link! (Vol 3 – Spring 2009)

Journey On! Newsletter Volume 2 – Holiday Edition 2008

Pilot Day Treatment Program Underway!

November 17, 2008 was an important day for all of us that have put our heart and soul into this project. We celebrated it with a lunch party attended by staff, volunteers, participants, board members and guests.

All of the organizing, planning, stressing and hard work was transformed into smiling faces, happy voices and hopeful anticipation.

On December 8th, the program participants and staff went to Denver for the Governor’s signing of the Executive Order that directs 11 state government agencies to work together to determine the needs and provide services for persons living with brain injuries. It was a great experience for all!

For all Shared Journeys upcoming and recent events, see the latest Journey On! newsletter at this link (Vol 2 – Winter 2008)

Journey On! Newsletter – Volume 1 – Fall 2008

Shared Journeys Pilot Project Day Treatment Program to begin November 17th!

It’s often said that when starting a new venture you can expect it to take twice as long to develop and cost twice as much as you’ve budgeted. In our case, at least the first part is proving true.

We had hoped to start our Pilot Program in September but development has taken a little longer than anticipated because we know how important it is for the program to be top quality.

We now have our staff in place and recruited the program volunteers who will receive training this week. After an application process we have interviewed participants and are developing personal treatment plans based on individual goals.

Our Program Director is Laura Jensen. Laura is a Certified Music Therapist and is currently on staff at the Center for Neurorehabilitation Services (CNS). Laura is working closely with Lesley Murray who is our Program Development Coordinator. Lesley is a Certified Occupational Therapist and is also currently on staff at CNS.

They have put together a dynamic program and a committed group of volunteers. Our participants will have the benefit of a small group environment as well as one on one attention from our staff.

For recent and upcoming Shared Journeys events, see our Journey On! newsletter at this link (Vol 1 – Fall 2008)