Ms. Marvel is onto something! Being the best we can be, even after brain injury, is doable and possible, by supporting, encouraging and caring for each other. 💚🤗
The Space and Shoppe will reopen on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 to celebrate Giving Tuesday, the international day of giving back.
Join our fundraising efforts by stopping by the Space anytime between 10 am and 4 pm that day to drop off your monetary gift to help BEST build superheroes. Feel free to peruse our Superhero Shoppe for a little holiday shopping, take a tour of the Space and enjoy some light refreshments.
Looking forward to see you!
In the meantime, sending holiday love and BEST wishes!
Three real-life superheroes.
Three stories of why they give back.
The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) is deeply honored to support veterans and their families.
And we also like to take every opportunity to offer our thanks and appreciation to our veteran community, today and every day.
Yesterday, BEST presented special handcrafted thank you cards for local veterans for the Pierce County Heroes to Hometown (H2H) organization in Tacoma, Washington. H2H works with a coalition of community partners to build community and establish support networks around our veterans and their loved ones.
BEST is honored to be one of the community support partners and wanted a personal and special way to share our appreciation to veterans.
BEST Veteran Appreciation project leads, BEST Board Director and Support Group Facilitator, Jeff Hartson, and BEST Gratitude Specialist and local artist, Diane Rasch, coordinated a team of BESTies to create the unique and special cards of thanks with a heartfelt message of thanks.
Several of these special cards from the BEST community are shown in the picture above.
Thank you Jeff, Diane and all the Tacoma-area BESTies who participated in this project.
Most of all, thank you to our veterans. We appreciate YOU!
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The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) Joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement, pledges to empower and support the brain injury community and their families of Washington State.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE University Place, WA November 15, 2018 – The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. The BEST #GivingTuesday mission is to engage, energize and empower the brain injury community and their families and help them soar to new heights in their lives. Occurring this year on November 27, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the US) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.
BEST has joined #GivingTuesday to continue to build on our superhero mission of supporting and empowering the real-life superheroes of the brain injury community, their caregivers and their families in Washington State. BEST is unique in that the organization’s leadership and services are built by and for individuals with brain injury.
Through BEST’s robust peer support, educational, socialization, advocacy and support opportunities, the organization provides the tools, skills and strategies for brain-injured adults to live the BEST lives possible. Our #GivingTuesday mission is to bolster our tools to support the brain injury community, build brain injury awareness and add to our superhero team of supporters.
Our 2018 real-life BEST superhero is Robin Spicuzza. Here’s what Robin had to say about BEST.
“It’s pretty simple: when all the systems and services that are in place to help with brain injury failed, BEST was, and is, the only place where I found hope, recovery, friendship and family.”
Those who are interested in joining the Brain Energy Support Team (BEST)’s #GivingTuesday initiative can visit brainenergysupportteam.org. For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website (www.givingtuesday.org), Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday) or follow @GivingTues and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on social media.
About the Brain Energy Support Team (BEST)
The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST), is a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded in 2008. The mission of BEST is to provide support, advocacy, public awareness, education and socialization opportunities to individuals with a brain injury and their families. BEST provides support to over 50 brain injury support groups in Washington State.
To learn more about the Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) participants and activities or to join the celebration of giving, please visit:
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Giving Tuesday 2018, “Building Superheroes” video:
There are superheroes out in the world 🌍 and we’ve spotted them!
In fact, we know where they shop: right here at the Superhero Shoppe, located inside Our BEST Space in University Place, Washington!
Be a real-life superhero and shop at the Superhero Shoppe, too! Perfect for fun holiday goodies and gifts that benefit a great cause.
Here are the details:
Who: All Superheroes and their friends!
What: A shoppe that offers fun and unique superhero gifts, accessories and more. Proceeds from the Superhero Shoppe support the superheroes of the brain injury community and the superhero programs, services and resources offered at Our BEST Space. The Superhero Shoppe also proudly features the work of paper artist, Diane Rasch of Heartfelt Tidbits of Creativity.
When: Superhero Shoppe hours are Wednesdays from 12 pm to 6 pm and Thursdays 10 am to 4 pm.
Where: 2607 Bridgeport Way W. Suite #1H, University Place, Washington. Click here for driving directions.
Why: To share superhero support and fun to the entire community (and to the world!).
More Superhero Shoppe info: Watch this space for our new online Superhero Shoppe coming soon on the BEST website! With our new and upcoming online shoppe, you can shop 24 X 7 from the convenience of home!
BEST will be adding new items regularly to the shoppe. Please visit the BEST blog for the latest inventory announcements and updates.
To note: As a volunteer organization, hours may vary. For more information, please contact us at 877-719-2378 or email@example.com. The Superhero Shoppe accepts cash, credit card or personal check (with valid ID and from a local bank only). We do not accept bills $50 and higher.
Here’s a little virtual tour. Enjoy!
It’s a delicious recipe that just screams harvest bounty! Enjoy!
1 medium acorn squash
1 tablespoon butter (room temperature)
1 teaspoon brown sugar or 2 teaspoons maple syrup
Preheat oven to 350 and follow these steps:
1. cut top off squash and scoop out seeds
2. poke the sides with a fork
3. mix sugar and butter
4. add cranberries and walnuts until even with top edge
5. top with the butter and sugar mixture
6. place in a shallow pan
7. bake for 30 to 40 minutes
This recipe is for one squash, but make as many as you like. They’re great as a side with a lean meat like a turkey or chicken breast. They’re also terrific on their own.
A car accident in 2011 changed those roles significantly.
Robin sustained a traumatic brain injury (TBI); worse, it wasn’t diagnosed right away.
Faced with the challenges that came with an undiagnosed TBI, she struggled to find support, services and resources to help her move forward and manage her injury.
Robin found herself on a frustrating and exhausting physical, emotional and mental journey forward.
Robin’s road to becoming a superhero was formed in 2013, when she discovered one of the Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) local brain injury support groups in Washington State. Through the group, she learned how to acknowledge and accept her brain injury.
For Robin, positivity and healing came in the form of other fellow superheroes in the brain injury community who shared some super-powered tools.
Together, both things helped her find new superpowers and rebuild her life.
Robin summed it up this way: “It’s pretty simple: when all the systems and services that are in place to help with brain injury failed, BEST was, and is, the only place where I found hope, recovery, friendship and family.”
Only three months after being in the support group, she became the support group co-facilitator. Robin also participated in BEST’s Identity and Moving On After Brain Injury program that provided a guided process to help create a plan for the future and gather more tools and strategies to carry out that plan.
“Moving On gave me hope,” says Robin. “In addition to the support group, I went to Our BEST Space, and that gave me a community, support, belonging and acceptance.”
Fast forward to today.
Robin has served as the Program Manager for BEST since 2015 and manages the BEST Superhero Shoppe in Our BEST Space, a fun superhero-themed store featuring superhero accessories, specialty gifts and much more.
Proceeds from the Superhero Shoppe benefit brain injury survivors and their families in Washington State.
Robin also remains the co-facilitator of the Edmonds Brain Injury Support Group and serves a BEST Support Group Coach.
She was also honored as a BEST Superhero of the Month in 2017.
Robin is one of BEST’s biggest supporters for Giving Tuesday. This year’s theme, Building Superheroes, resonates with her personally.
“If I can help others become a superhero to themselves, then I couldn’t be happier!”
Do you want join Robin and the rest of the superhero team and build superheroes, too?
Here’s your chance!
Join us on Giving Tuesday, the international day of giving back, Tuesday, November 27, 2018 and share your monetary gift with BEST (any amount helps). Our goal is noted below.
In the Puget Sound area? Join us on November 27, 2018 from 10 am to 4 pm at Our BEST Space and the Superhero Shoppe in University Place, WA, for a special celebration with light refreshments available. Donate at the Space and receive a special handcrafted, Building Superheroes, magnet courtesy of Heartfelt Tidbits of Creativity ((while supplies last).
Thank you for your support today and every day!