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The mission of Brain Injury Services of SWVA is to help children and adults living with brain injury improve the quality of their lives and reintegrate into family and community.
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Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia's Wings of Hope newsletter

December 2015


March is Brain Injury month, and there is a benefit reception at the Shenendoah Club.

March 18, 2014


Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia holding benefit "awareness reception"

March 17, 2014


Dominion Generation: Brain Injury Services awarded grant

November 15, 2013

Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia (BISSWVA) is pleased to announce that they have received a donation of $5,000 from Dominion Generation to help support the Community Living Connection (CLiC) program which connects survivors of brain injuries in a community learning environment via the Internet.

Greg Edwards, Media and Community Relations manager for Dominion Generation, is excited to contribute to this ground-breaking program which targets rural communities throughout Southwest Virginia.

Edwards states, “Norton is a prime location to benefit from the CLiC program, and Dominion is proud to be able to support the community in this manner.”

CLiC is a telehealth program which combines assistive technology and the Internet to assist in providing vital post-acute brain injury supports to people living with brain injury. Primarily, the program seeks to create a learning community among brain injury survivors living in rural settings.

BISSWVA’s Executive Director Krystal Thompson shares that “CLiC participants are continuing to experience positive results through this innovative program. Now that we have completed our second year, we are learning more ways in which survivors’ lives have improved.

“They tell us, ‘CLiC made more of a difference in my attitude and feelings than medications or other counselors.’”

Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia is a 501c3 non-profit organization with a mission to create and sustain an organization which helps brain injury survivors and their families in Southwest Virginia. Their goal is to make a positive, measurable difference in a survivor’s abilities to fulfill their service potential and optimize their re-integration into their families and communities.


Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia Gives Away New Bike Helmets to Children at the Preston Park Recreation Center

July 25, 2013

ROANOKE, VA — On Monday, July 22, Brain Injury Services of SWVA (BISSWVA) visited the Preston Park Recreation Center in Roanoke to teach bicycle safety to prevent brain injury and to present new bicycle helmets to an eager group of children attending Roanoke City Parks and Recreation’s Summer P.L.A.Y. program at the Preston Park Recreation Center. The helmets were purchased using a grant that BISSWVA received from the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School (SRTS).

The bicycle training was delivered by BISSWVA staff Melissa Barnes and Mae Johnson. “It’s been wonderful to be able to work with Roanoke City’s Parks and Recreation staff to present bike safety lessons to their program’s participants.  Being able to give away helmets to children who need them was the icing on the cake,” stated Ms. Johnson. “The children really picked up on their new skills quickly and seemed excited to start riding with their new bike helmets,” she added.

Brain Injury Services of SWVA is a 501c3 non-profit organization with a mission to create and sustain an organization that helps brain injury survivors and their families in Southwest Virginia. Our goal is to make a positive, measurable difference in a survivor’s abilities to fulfill their service potential and optimize their reintegration into their families and communities.


Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia Hires Krystal Thompson as New Executive Director

March 6, 2013

ROANOKE, VA — Brain Injury Services of SWVA has selected Krystal Thompson as their new Executive Director, a role she steps into coinciding with Brain Injury Awareness Month.

Thompson was most recently the Chief Operating Officer for Commonwealth Catholic Charities, where she spent more than ten years. Krystal has extensive knowledge of family services and non-profit management as well as experience in both the public and private non-profit social service sectors. Some of her other professional accomplishments include being the former Board Chair of The Foster Family Treatment Association of Virginia; a board member for the Virginia Coalition of Private Provider Associations; and serving on the Emergency Food and Shelter board. Thompson was also recognized as a nominee for the DePaul Community Resources Women of Achievement Award in 2011.

Thompson states, “I’m honored to be able to serve the community in this role. I plan to draw from my previous experiences in the human services field to help take Brain Injury Services of SWVA to the next level.” She also adds, “I look forward to the opportunity to work with another impactful non-profit organization and help those in need throughout southwest Virginia.” Krystal is a native of the Roanoke Valley and a mother of two daughters.

Brain Injury Services of SWVA is a 501c3 non-profit organization with a mission to create and sustain an organization that helps brain injury survivors and their families in Southwest Virginia. The goal is to make a positive, measurable difference in a survivor’s abilities to fulfill their service potential and optimize their reintegration into their families and communities.


General Assembly Commends Founder

April 2, 2012

ROANOKE, VA — Fran Rooker, founder of Brain Injury Services of SWVA, has received commendation from the Virginia General Assembly for her volunteer efforts which changed the quality of health care in Southwest Virginia. Two Joint Resolutions recognized Rooker as one of only three statewide recipients of the national Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leader award in the program’s twenty-year history.

After the 1997 death of their son Jason, Rooker and her husband Greg, a former community newspaper owner and publisher, founded The Jason Foundation in 1998 and Brain Injury Services of SWVA in 2000. The latter organization now provides direct services throughout an 11,000 square mile region of the Commonwealth, assisting people with brain injuries and their families in rebuilding their lives. Additionally, it provides regional brain injury support for the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program.

Rooker’s initiation of a collaboration between the Virginia Tech Department of Assistive Technology, Radford University, and Brain Injury Services of SWVA resulted in the development of the telehealth program (CLiC) Community Living Connection (“Creating Connections” Roanoke Times: December 18, 2011). The innovative project provides post-acute brain injury supports, and creates a learning community for brain injury survivors living in rural areas. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation award provided major funding for its development.

Senator Phillip Puckett and Delegate Joseph Yost presented Rooker’s commendation Friday, March 23, during a Brain Injury Awareness Month luncheon in Wytheville. Co-patrons of Senate Joint Resolution No. 469 were Senator Puckett and Senator John Edwards. A separate House Joint Resolution initiated by former Delegates Dave Nutter and Jim Shuler, and Senator Ralph Smith, was patroned by Delegate Yost.

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