There are many words that come to mind when I think of what’s happening in our local communities, our country and our world right now. From the worldwide health pandemic to community unrest and anger, and everything else in between, it is overwhelming to say the very least. So many changes all at once can be hard to process and sometimes, downright painful.
I know that there’s a deep sense of uncertainty that comes with all of the changes we are experiencing. The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) has not been immune to the challenges and difficulty of these stormy times. Specifically, COVID-19 changed the way we work and connect with one another and with you, our supporters; our friends. It also resulted in a loss of a contract with WA State that funded in-person TBI groups across Washington and paid for related administrative functions.
In this unprecedented time of upheaval and change BEST has remained committed to supporting everyone in our community. This includes providing digital platforms for support group facilitators and their group members to observe physical distancing while remaining socially connected, regular COVID-19 updates on our website, and hosting teleconferences every two weeks to keep our network of dedicated volunteers connected and informed.
What does all of this mean going forward? First, and most, importantly, BEST will still be here to serve our community. We will continue to provide education, peer support, and the tools and strategies that support the success of all our superheroes knowing this will look different as we move forward.
To ensure our community has the best support and resources possible, we are retooling our workshops and offering them on our upgraded and updated online BEST Learning Center. You can see what classes – both self-paced and facilitated – are available by visiting https://education.brainenergysupportteam.org, You’ll have to visit often as we continue to bring new and engaging learning opportunities online.
We’ve also brought our Superhero Shoppe online, and continuing to provide the digital tools and resources our community needs to stay home and stay healthy while remaining socially connected. You can support our efforts by shopping for specialty cards, superhero gear, and more at https://shopping.brainenergysupportteam.org.
Change is hard, as I said, but change can also be fresh, exciting and positive. I know we will navigate the changes of today to create a better tomorrow. Together, we can continue to share our love, kindness, care and support with one another, our brain injury community, and the world (and the world really needs that right now).
As one we are super; as a community, we are superpowered.
Again, thank you for being a vital part of our BEST family.
G Kraegel, Executive Director
8 June 2020