How to Financially Care for a Loved One with a Disability

We’re hosting an online talk with The Center on how to plan financially for a loved one with a disability. The talk is on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19, 2020 from 3:00PM – 4:00PM.

How to Financially Care for a Loved One with a Disability

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 | 3:00pm – 4:00pm


This talk is suited for people who want to plan for caring for a loved one with a disability, or who may want to set up precautionary plans should an accident occur. Beth Elliot is a Case Manager from The BridgeLine, a local nonprofit that supports adults with brain injuries, and Kelly Seitz is a Financial Advisor for special needs financial planning. They will cover a range of topics including: Common obstacles families face, creating a complete plan that can provide for someone for the rest of their life, and how to create a plan without disqualifying your loved one from government support programs. Tune in to learn and ask questions. Free and open to all.

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Volunteering with The BridgeLine

We caught up with two of our all-star volunteers to ask them about their expierence volunteering with The BridgeLine and our residents. Here’s what they had to say:

Short Version (3:00 mins)

Long Version (10:00 mins)

If you’re interested in volunteering with The BridgeLine please reach out by using our Contact Us form. We hope you’re staying safe AND connected. Have a great day!

The Bama Works Fund supports our Music Therapy!

Bama Works Fund of Dave Matthews Band, overseen by the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, renewed its support for our music therapy program and participants!

The BridgeLine and its members are so grateful for all of the support they receive from the community and from the Bama Works Fund of Dave Matthews Band:

“Everyone that supports the BridgeLine, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Without it I would be lonely and lost.”

—- Marques D., Charlottesville resident and member of The BridgeLine. 

Gratitude Cville “Bid Bash” Online Silent Auction June 18th-21st

Get to the Auction by clicking here to proceed to the hosting nonprofit’s website.

We are so happy that Kendra Scott donated a jewelry set of gold and mother of pearl earrings, broach, and necklace on behalf of The BridgeLine. You can support the BridgeLine by bidding on this item in the above online silent auction link during June 18th-21st. The item will say that it was donated on behalf of The BridgeLine in its description.

Bidding on other items will NOT support The BridgeLine but will instead support one of the above listed local nonprofits. Thank you for supporting your local community during this difficult time financially for community organizations!

We at The BridgeLine

We at The BridgeLine affirm our commitment to provide care to all individuals with brain injuries and to the dignity and humanity of all individuals.

Members of the BridgeLine conducting Brain Injury advocacy in Richmond, VA

Bike Helmet Safety

A silver lining of this stay at home order has been that families and individuals have had the opportunity to walk, run, and bike more. We wanted to share this great infographic about bike helmets:

Wearing a helmet reduces the risk of sustaining a head injury while biking by at least 88% Those who do not wear a helmet 4.3X more likely to sustain a fatal injury.

Stay safe everyone!

COVID-19 Response at The BridgeLine

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

Executive Director


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.
  • Keep program participants at home when sick.

Partnership with VisitAble

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, and spread the word!

Thank You Heinz

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.