When we began this journey in May of 2017 as co-founders of NorCal SCI, we had a pretty good idea of all the problems and challenges that the acute and chronic population of individuals with spinal cord injury face on a daily basis.
Between the two of us, we have met over 1,000 of such individuals and have heard and witnessed their challenging stories. Whether it was the construction worker and father of three who was suicidal because he didn't know how he would ever be able to provide for his family, or the young teenager who was physically shattered and was given virtually no hope of ever walking again only to defy the odds and recover fairly completely to his old self again, we've seen the good, the bad and the ugly faces of spinal cord injury's effect.
And then we saw a very fragmented approach to services and support that was being offered and thought that we can help bring it together and inject some new and innovative ideas for the benefit of Northern California SCI communities. Our work has just begun as we've barely scratched the surface.
Over the past couple of months, we've been doing some serious thinking, soul-searching and debating of our future and what we want it to look like. As we mentioned on our first day, we really have nothing to hide. For the most part, we've been self-funding this venture until more recently when a couple of very generous donors (Jordan and Jo-Ann Plofsky, Bill and Teresa Hata) saw the good work we've been doing and pitched in with their financial support.
For this week, we thought it might be beneficial to summarize what we've accomplished in 2017 and have developed THIS PAGE that you can view.
Next week, we will share our 2018 Goals & Objectives and provide the Northern California SCI Community with a road map to the challenges we seek to tackle. As always, we seek feedback from the SCI community on areas we should look at, too. Write us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (408) 458-9863.
Happy New Year to you all!