The Brain Cells Program is a One-On-One Friendship Involving a Brain Injury Survivor and a Volunteer
The program was born as a result of numerous requests from the families/caregivers of brain-injured individuals who felt that their survivor, with little or no stimulation, began to regress while the caregiver was at work each day.
A female volunteer is matched with a female survivor by virtue of mutual interests and background. The volunteer befriends the survivor and comes to know the various challenges/frustrations the survivor faces and then helps her formulate a plan to set goals and attain them. The same type of friendship is arranged for male volunteers with male survivors.
The coordinator monitors the friendship by a process of monthly reporting. The volunteer must agree to contact his/her survivor at least weekly via email or phone and at least twice a month in person for coffee or an outing of some type. All volunteers must go through Live Scan fingerprinting and have a current driver’s license and insurance card on file with the coordinator. The organization asks that the commitment be for at least one year (or one school year).