Dear members, families, and friends of The BridgeLine community:
The progress of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) throughout the world and across our country continues to be the subject of intense interest. The BridgeLine is closely monitoring the latest information on COVID-19 provided by the Thomas Jefferson Health District of the Virginia Department of Health, the WHO, and the CDC.
We have taken measures in accordance with our pandemic response plan to increase social distancing for staff and program participates. We have a phased response plan to react to the latest developments that involves increasingly more stringent measures to provide a clean and safe environment for program participants and staff. There have been few cases in Virginia to date but we expect that to change in the coming days. I want you to know that the safety and security of our program participants, employees, and all families involved is our top priority.
Our plan is dynamic and will be revised as new information becomes available. It addresses the infection control measures we will take prior to and in the event of a local outbreak, and we follow the guidelines of the Virginia Department of Health.
We are fortunate to have outstanding and dedicated staff and we will continue to keep you updated.
Please let us know if you have any questions and we will try to answer them.
Daniela Pretzer, MD PhD
We encourage you to stay informed by seeking accurate information from authoritative sources, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the WHO, and the Virginia Department of Health. Also, the Thomas Jefferson Health District is operating a hotline (434-972-6261) to respond to any questions or concerns you may have regarding the latest COVID-19 information. The hotline is accepting calls Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Personal infection control measures are very important in preventing and combating COVID-19, as well as all types of flu and influenza. We appreciate your cooperation and partnership in emphasizing the following measures at both home and at The BridgeLine:
Properly and frequently wash hands.
Avoid touching nose, mouth and eyes.
Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or one’s sleeve; follow with hand washing.
We’re excited to say we just entered a partnership with VisitAble! VisitAble is a new start-up in Charlottesville that broadcasts accessibility information to answer all mobility-related questions about customer-facing businesses and increases the disability etiquette of the employees in these businesses. They are on a mission to change the world, starting right here in Charlottesville. Check out their website at www.visitable.org, and spread the word!
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.
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