Sue's February 2019 Letter

Dear B.R.A.I.N. Friends,

I am continually grateful for the opportunity to work and serve here at B.R.A.I.N. It is always a daily inspiration to help and observe the survivors and their families. Every family has a story and each represent unique challenges. I learn something new each day from all of you. Tuesday night, I learned a great deal from our special speaker, Ted Baxter. He turned a stroke into an opportunity to help others. Many people who heard him at F.B.I. bought his book, Relentless, and are now taking Ted’s strategies home with them to help them on their journey of rehab.

Last night was special in that our own Sara Braver came by herself to FBI after a long pause from being with us. We have missed her smiling face, caring heart and intelligent mind. When the Access Cab was called to pick her up, the procedure became elongated for various reasons. Lynn and I got the opportunity to talk to Sara while we all waited for the transportation to materialize. What could have been an annoyance turned into a blessing as we got a wonderful conversation in among us. It’s all about community and learning together.

Speaking of community, our culture is beginning to be persuaded to think silly thoughts. One of those thoughts is this: Hard work is not necessary to receive goods, services or satisfaction. In other words, socialism to the max will not help prosper this or any culture. This is another reason why I love B.R.A.I.N. People work hard for their therapy, their scholarship, their sense of improvement and we all celebrate.

My friend who served in the military for 25 years, has lived through Iraq, IEDs and PTS was helped by Homes for Heroes and JP Morgan Chase Bank. He and his family are moving into a mortgage free home thanks to this organization and this banking institution. Where are the voices to celebrate this veteran, this representative of our great country? Do we stop to criticize how this veteran was chosen or why more veterans aren’t helped? Do we yell about the size of this bank and what horrible procedures they may have taken in the past? No. This family is grateful and so am I. True gratefulness rejoices with others’ successes.

I wish B.R.A.I.N. could help every family who has a need. That is not possible, but if some can be helped, it keeps me going and grateful for who we can assist. We are social, but we are not socialistic. We give to those in need, but we are not obligated to give. We give because we choose to. This is possibly why B.R.A.I.N. does not depend nor accept federal funding. We thank God for His provisions. Thank you all for your selfless giving and your support for this special organization.

Blessings to all,

Sue