Thank you for an unprecedented year of healing!
In challenging times, generosity, kindness, and collaboration bring people together. Schurig Center is grateful for your support this year as we navigated the pandemic together as a community. We are pleased to share some of the “silver linings” from our 2019-2020 fiscal year – all made possible by your generosity!
Thanks to you, our hearts and services remain open.
The forced cancellation of our annual gala in Spring 2020 posed a potential significant loss of operating funds. But, thanks to the generosity of our incredible community of foundations and donors like you, we are honored to have been able to maintain our service levels throughout this year, continuing to improve hundreds of lives. The impact of your generosity is beautifully expressed by Carolyn, whose husband experienced a severe traumatic brain injury during the pandemic:
Schurig Center is a godsend. I don’t know where we would be without them. I felt utterly alone, hopeless, and on the steepest learning curve of my life in how to care for David during coronavirus dangers and limitations.
As hard, and horrible as a severe TBI is on the person and their family and friends, Schurig Center offers hope and outstanding classes and therapies. Even though it’s all done online, there is community. We are not alone.
You help provide life-enhancing services in a new way… REMOTELY!
With you by our side, Schurig Center has been able to offer all of our therapeutic and supportive services remotely with Zoom since April 2020 and our educational websites have also remained accessible. Services offered remotely include:
- Aphasia class
- Art therapy
- CogSmart training (designed at UCSD)
- Communication skill building
- CogEX computer-based cognitive training
- CORE therapeutic program
- Post-concussion education
- Resource referral
- Speech therapy
- Support groups for survivors & family caregivers
When our center re-opens to on-site visitors, we plan to continue to offer remote services in addition to on-site services. You may be wondering if remote services are effective. Yes, they are! Learn more below.
Together, we are meeting an increased need.
The pandemic brought with it an increased need for support among people and families living with the effects of a brain injury. Your support enabled Schurig Center to add 25% more class sessions and support groups to meet this increased need.
You are making new connections.
Few communities have a place like Schurig Center that helps people adjust to life changes and thrive after brain injury. Remote services powered by your generosity have enabled people outside of our center’s geographic area to access and benefit from our services.
When things are hard to navigate, you are a helping hand that connects people to resources, information, and guidance.
Brain injury survivors and their family members often share they feel as though they’ve been “dropped off a cliff” once they are home from the hospital – alone, without a plan, and not knowing what to do next. The Resource Referral & Consultation Service is a helping hand that picks up where the healthcare system leaves off to provide information and guidance that help people continue their recovery and live their best life after brain injury. We also advocate for clients in many ways, including helping them access programs in the community for housing, food, medical care, transportation, and pathways back to work. This service is the only one of its kind in our area and it’s offered free of charge thanks to you.
Over 330 people were able to access life-enhancing services thanks to scholarships provided by you!
We believe everyone should have access to care for as long as they need it – regardless of ability to pay. A brain injury can dramatically and suddenly affect a person’s ability to return to work at the same level they were before their injury. To meet this need, we offer scholarships provided by community support to those living on a low income.
Are rehabilitative classes and support groups offered remotely effective? YES!
Remote services have made all difference this year for our clients who became more isolated than ever. Social distancing results in a backslide of abilities due to lack of stimulation, added strain on domestic relationships, and an increased need for support. Thanks to you, survivors and family caregivers continued to have access to an array of online programs to help them heal and stay connected from the safety of home.
A family member of a survivor injured during the pandemic said these services have been a saving grace for her family: “Thank God we found Schurig Center! Without the services and resources offered, I don’t think we would make it through this.”
Schurig’s services are designed collaboratively by brain injury professionals utilizing therapies proven to reduce isolation and help improve skills for every day living and cognitive abilities, like speech and memory. Using objective and subjective outcome measures, we know remote services help participants achieve their recovery goals. Online classes have also had some unexpected benefits. For those who live farther away from the center, not having to commute has enabled them to feel less fatigued and more energized to do their work. For others, learning online has been more effective for their unique combination of needs than in-person classes.
As we look forward to re-opening, Schurig Center plans to offer remote services in addition to on-site services to continue to meet the needs of those who prefer to be at home and to serve people living outside of our immediate geographic area.
Students in Marin have increased access to a higher standard of care after concussion.
Our ConcussionSmart Marin program made progress this year by completing a webinar for pediatricians to learn about the county-wide concussion treatment protocol developed to protect our youth. In partnership with Marin County Health & Human Services, the concussion data that the ConcussionSmart Marin team has tracked for three years in youth sports and school injuries is now available online. [ConcussionSmartMarin.org]
COVID-19’s Effect on the Brain
Although studies have found the virus can cause short- and long-term neurological effects, its effect on the brain is still not fully known. Schurig Center’s clinical team is staying up-to-date on new information as it becomes available, and we are prepared to adapt our programs to serve the needs of these individuals with your help, if and when needed.
Revenue & Expenses
For period August 1, 2019 to July 31, 2020
$693,007 … Total Revenue
37% … Individuals
27% … Foundations
20% … Fee for Services
13% … Events
3% … Government (county only)
$636,229 … Total Expenses
71% … Programs & Services
14% … Building, Insurance & Admin
15% … Fundraising, Events & Marketing
Total Assets $900,225
Building Depreciation (not included in expenses) = $48,918
Event revenue is less than last year due to annual gala cancellation.
Because our programs are non-medical by design, we do not receive insurance fees nor do we receive federal money. Many people mistakenly believe that health insurance or federal sources provide funding for organizations, such as Schurig Center. Survivors and families come to our center seeking continued rehabilitation and support after their health insurance coverage for treatment has ended.
Thank You Leading Supporters
We are deeply grateful for the many donors and volunteers whose generosity powers healing at Schurig Center. Special thanks to these leading foundations and supporters for period August 1, 2019 to July 31, 2020.
Bay Area survivors need our services…and we need YOU!
As the number of brain injury survivors increases, Schurig Center continues to meet their needs by strengthening and expanding our services thanks to the generosity of community members like you.