Brain injuries are preventable yet they are still the number one killer and disabler of Canadians under the age of 40! Each year 50,000 Canadians sustain a brain injury. That’s more than 100 a day!
We serve individuals who have sustained an acquired brain injury as a result of a motor vehicle accident, fall, severe illness, etc. We provide a wide range of services designed to assist every individual achieve his or her maximum potential for independence.
As a not-for-profit organization, DBIS relies on the financial support of corporations and individuals to enhance the programs we offer, to assist clients to purchase necessities, and for DBIS to purchase furniture and equipment for supportive housing projects. Your donations enable us to do even more to impact the lives of ABI survivors, and to strengthen our community for the future.
Thank you for choosing to make a donation to support our mission of supporting individuals with ABI or stroke to maximize their strengths and live health, meaningful lives.
We have a few different categories for donations here at DBIS including:
CAPITAL FUND: In general, monies designated by the donor as Capital donations go towards purchasing new or replacement furnishings and equipment for client programming, as well as occasional minor renovations of client spaces. If you have a specific piece of equipment you would like to donate or have your funds go towards, that is also possible.
ENRICHING LIVES FUND: Donations that are designated by donors for the Enriching Lives Fund or ‘ELF’, are used to subsidize client programming, enabling clients to attend community events such as concerts, sporting events, dinners out, or movies - community outings that they cannot otherwise afford on their fixed disability/pension incomes. We also use ELF to subsidize client rent and food on a short-term basis in our Residential Transitional Program, if they are unable to afford the full cost. These funds also go towards purchasing or subsidizing client’s basic needs such as winter clothing and boots, dentures, and household goods.
NEW - THE JOHN MASTRANDREA LEGACY FUND: This new fund was created in memory of a staff member who was taken from us too soon. John enjoyed taking the clients out on special fun outings, so monies donated to this fund will be used for VERY special outings and activities for clients. As well we will use these funds to purchase things for the Client Care and Share Hamper – through which any client can access new or gently used clothing, household goods and small appliances etc., needed for everyday living, as many do not have the means to purchase these items.
GENERAL FUND: These funds are not specifically designated so as needs arise in the other Funds’ categories that may exceed the amount available (e.g. a piece of equipment that costs more than what is there), we will use the General Funds to supplement. If we do not use them all up within the year then they move forward into the next year to be available as needs arise. Our client subsidy requests are growing each year so we anticipate the need to use the General funds for that purpose in the upcoming years.
As you can see, we really need your donations to ensure that our clients are getting the supports and items they need to assist them with their daily lives, and to participate more fully in their community.
Other ways to donate include by phone:
Please contact Sue Hillis - Executive Director at 519-668-0023 x101 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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