Non-profit for TBI builds additional facilities

April 3, 2013 by  

The labors of three years’ worth of fundraising and hard work will see a new brain injury facility open its doors in just a couple of weeks.

Terry Home first welcomed people with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in 1996, after the family of Terry Norman grafted for 10 years to open a facility that would meet the needs of young people with TBI. Originally built in Pacific, Washington, a new facility has now been opened in Auburn with room for 12 young adults who suffer with TBI. Four of those rooms are being reserved for veterans who return from combat requiring assistance with TBI.

When Terry Norman suffered an accident at the age of 18 years old, he was left with TBI and was in a coma. Three months later, and out of the coma, he was moved to a geriatric home. His mother, Mary, decided to open a boarding house which could accommodate young people who were recovering from TBI. The whole family became involved and 10 years later the Terry Home was ready. There are around 120,000 people in Washington who are living with disabilities relating to TBI, waiting for somewhere to live – a stat that should change when the facility opens on April 17.

The Department of Health and Social Services provides some of the funding for the non-profit, while grants and fundraising provides the rest of the money needed. Local flyer printing services could be one way to raise awareness of TBI and the new facility.