The residential program is a long-term voluntary community for adults with brain injuries. The staff believes that survivors’ lives don’t have to be static. The primary purpose and activities are the fostering of a family-like setting for daily life wherein adults with brain injuries can live to the greatest degree possible as independent members of the general community. Because of the family-style arrangement, the needs for support that are unique to each resident can be addressed.
The staff runs households that create the maximum opportunities for the residents and address the individual needs with the goal to transition them into independent living. To address each person’s needs, strengths, and recreational interests, we offer structured activities, and relevant and specific skill training (cooking, shopping), and support to set achievable goals in life (learn about brain injury, consequences, coping strategies). Participants have chosen to hold a monthly book club (memory training) and establish a private organized library, and suggest outings (therapeutic horse riding, museums visits, and movie nights). We offer music and art therapy, two effective therapeutic approaches for people with brain injuries with the goals to increase social skills, help to cope with symptoms of stress and trauma as well as enhance cognitive abilities.
Each home functions as a family unit with members living communally, helping each other. The residents remain closely connected to their biological families but the bonds developed with staff, friends, and neighbors are also significant and enduring.
The residential program was founded in 1991 and remained its own entity until 2014. In 2015, it became a program of The Bridge Line.
Both homes are in close proximity to the Charlottesville Downtown Mall.
The residential program of The BridgeLine welcomes any person with a documented history of traumatic or other brain injury and is:
- At least 21 years old.
- Involved in choosing to live at The BridgeLine.
- Independent in self-care and mobility.
- Desire to contribute to the community and follow through with personal goals.
- Able to participate with limited supervision.
Program participation is not available for those who pose a threat to the health and safety of themselves or the community.
- Contact the Program Manager by phone, e-mail, or letter to discuss the situation of your loved one:
- Daniela Pretzer, Executive Director
- Phone # (434) 989-1274
- Set up a visit to The BridgeLine for your family.
- Arrange up to a 3-month trial for the potential resident.
- Share financial planning information about the ability to support your loved one.
- Become a resident.