Angela's August 2017 Letter
Summer is a time for relaxation, rest, catching up with good books, and maybe even a round of golf or two. My summer has been spent writing new policies for Chapman University in preparation for our reaccreditation in 2018, treating clients, preparing for a new theme for Friends of Brain Injury (F.B.I.), and also time spent with friends and loved ones. My husband and I had a chance to visit my mother in Pennsylvania and realize that her days are numbered. It makes me realize that our time is so valuable and how we spend it should really matter. I have been reading Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen’s book, My Grandfather’s Blessings: Stories of Strength, Refuge and Belonging, and although I am a fast reader, I am choosing to read each short story and reflect on what is expressed on paper (Yes, I am actually holding a book and not an electronic device!). Dr. Remen’s words resonate with me. She talks about providing service from the heart, praying for her patients, and natural healing of illness through a support system.
I would like to share my views about providing service from the heart. We can and we do write checks for important organizations such as ours and this is so vital to keep our doors open monthly. The act of sending money to sustain our organization is the only reason why we are still able to provide the programs, therapies and classes that we offer weekly. Finding the loyalty to support this nonprofit requires a heart and an emotional response to say, “I care about and love what is happening at B.R.A.I.N.” Besides your loyalty in donations, we provide service from the heart in our approach to each individual that walks into our doors, broken and detached. From the receptionist to the volunteers who greet them with smiles to the programs and therapies we bestow, we provide these people hope for a better tomorrow and resources to strengthen their lives.
As I prepare my curriculum for the Fall for F.B.I., I think about all those survivors and family members who will join us on Tuesday nights. My heart is focused on what B.R.A.I.N. can do for our community but we need You to be there to feel, sense, and fill your heart with what occurs each week.
In closing, we can all help someone in our lives. Think about how you can provide this help, and know that the smallest act of kindness reaches someone in need.
See you on Tuesday nights!
Angela Mandas, MA CCC-SLP
F.B.I. Group Facilitator