Heinz Kramp, who died on October 6, 2019, was a truly unique man. Through his positive energy, genuine kindness, and dedication to people with disabilities he inspired freedom and independence in the lives of so many.
Together with some families, he started the well-known Innisfree Village community near Crozet for adults with various mental and physical disabilities. During his time at Innisfree, Heinz learned to appreciate the distinctive needs of people with brain injuries. People who, prior to their trauma, often had professional backgrounds,were the head of a family, a spouse, mother, father, son, or daughter.
Heinz addressed these people’s immediate need for a surrogate family by founding Building a Bridge in 1991 in Charlottesville. The non-profit organization ran three homes with staff providing needed support while living with members 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The intimate atmosphere of a family-like life accounted for growth and hope in many people overcoming the unforeseen challenges of brain injuries.
In 2015, the organization merged its services with Virginia NeuroCare (VANC), who ran a pre-vocational training program for members to participate in meaningful and purposeful rehabilitative activities in a community environment.
The merger produced The BridgeLine, which now also provides case management to residents of Charlottesville and 10 surrounding counties in addition to the residential and pre-vocational programs the preceding organizations operated.
Having a caring community dedicated to serving adults with brain injuries who have had to adjust to a new normal is one of the amazing accomplishments of Heinz. We are deeply grateful for his work.
Thank you to the Dave Matthews Band for supporting The BridgeLine! BAMA Works funded our music therapy program for this year, we are so grateful! It is fitting that such a musically talented group enables our members to recover and grow through music.
Our Annual Summer Party is this Saturday! It will be a great opportunity to meet our members and staff, as well as mingle with our friends, families, and business partners. We will have lawn games, live music, and plenty of food to go around. If you feel inspired, we are encouraging guests to bring there own dishes as well to add to our Potluck table!
Come enjoy an afternoon of friendship, food, and fun for the whole family. This is not a fundraiser. Date:Saturday, July 20th 2019 Time:4:00pm – 6:00pm Where: Our backyard at
901 Belmont Ave
Charlottesville VA 22902
This event is free and fun for all ages.
Please invite friends that want to get involved in the community or learn more about The BridgeLine.
exciting! Kendra Scott, located in the Shops at Stonefield, is hosting
an event Thursday, March 20th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm supporting The
BridgeLine! There will be sips, sweets, and of course, shopping!
Kendra Scott is generously donating 20% of the proceeds to help support
adults with brain injuries here at The BridgeLine. So, mark it down on
your calendars, tell your friends, and get ready for an evening of fun!
Unable to attend? You can phone in your order! Just browse their beautiful selections on www.kendrascott.com and call in (434-227-5933) between 5:00pm and 8:00pm the night of the event!
Yesterday we met with 8 representatives or their legislative aides to
advocate for increased brain injury service funding in Virginia!
Everyone seemed very receptive and interested in what we had to say.
Afterwards, we rallied by the Capital Tunnel with signs so everyone
could see how important brain injury services are! ??
Join us for our annual comedy night! The BridgeLine Proudly Presents: Comedy Night! Come Laugh With Us!
Featuring… Steve Shaffer! …Other talent announcements coming soon! When: Saturday April 20th, 2019 Time: Doors open at 7:00pm, Show starts at 7:30pm Where: C’ville Coffee 1301 Harris Street Charlottesville, VA 22903
Last night we decorated the tree at the Belmont house! It was so fun to listen to Christmas music and decorate just in time for our annual holiday party on Saturday December 8th! We hope you can join us! ???❄️
?? What’s on your wish list this holiday season???
The BridgeLine’s Wish List contains items that are needed to keep our residential homes running and our residents supplied with necessities.
For more information, please email our Executive Assistant, Amber Rexrode, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you so much!