It was a day filled with emotion as participants of the Acquired/ Traumatic Brain Injury program gathered for a picnic in Thatcher’s Park in Altamont. They celebrated the fact that they could once again be in one another’s presence and enjoy nature on one of the few days this month that was free of rain. They delighted in gathering in person to see, hug, and catch up on each other’s stories.

The day was not without its glitches. The food order was not ready when staff went to pick it up, but resilience is a hallmark of this group. Dave, a long time participant of our Brain Injury Services referred to his injury saying, “If there’s one thing this has taught me, it’s patience.” After enjoying their meal of sub sandwiches, salads, fruit and more, there was a presentation. Through speeches and the distribution of home- made cards, the group thanked their staff for supporting them throughout the long months of the COVID pandemic. Program Director Todd DelMarter was touched by the gesture and assured everyone that opposite was also true. He said that the time spent virtually with all the members of this group was inspirational for the staff as well.

Living Resources Brain Injury Services is rooted in the belief that individuals who have suffered brain injuries deserve the opportunity to establish meaningful post-injury roles and relationships. At Living Resources we strive to educate, train, encourage and patiently guide survivors of traumatic brain injuries and their loved ones throughout this process.  We offer a comprehensive treatment program for people with traumatic or acquired brain injuries including care coordination, life skills training, day programs, Fine Arts instruction, clinical services, and specialized services for Veterans with TBI.

Upcoming events for this group include a Lake George Luncheon Cruise, trip to the Altamont Fair, movie nights, and poker nights. They plan to end their summer with their annual Capital District Brain Injury Awareness Day which will be held on Friday, August 27 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm in Tawasentha Park.