Philanthropic Areas of Need

Online gifts to the Shepherd Center Foundation are generally unrestricted, or, you may designate your gift to be used in a particular area that interests you, such as patient assistance, clinical research, brain injury, spinal cord injury, our SHARE Military initiative or educational programs for people with disabilities.

As a not-for-profit hospital, we rely on generous, compassionate people like you.

Learn about some of the programs you can support at Shepherd Center:

Recreation Therapy Programs

Adolescent patient paints canvas as part of Shepherd Center's Recreation Therapy program

More than sports and fitness, Shepherd Center’s renowned Recreation Therapy Program engages patients in community reintegration outings to familiar activities such as grocery shopping, going to the airport, restaurants and retail stores to safely learn and practice the everyday skills needed to return to independent living.

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Patient and Family Housing

Group of people playing foosball in Shepherd Center housing common area

For patients recovering from a catastrophic injury, the support provided by family and loved ones is critical to their successful recovery and transition to their home and community. For this reason, Shepherd Center offers housing for 30 days to families of newly injured rehabilitation patients if both the patient and family live 60 or more miles from the hospital.

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Virginia C. Crawford Research Institute

Shepherd Center patient participates in physical therapy alongside doctor and therapist

Shepherd Center has focused on clinical research impacting quality of life, adjustment to injury, the prevention and treatment of secondary complications, and community reintegration. Health services research explores ways to deliver patient care and control treatment costs. By measuring effectiveness, we can identify the most effective treatments.

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SHARE Military Initiative

SHARE patient Garland Ellison walks with staff member down hallway at Shepherd Center

The SHARE Military Initiative at Shepherd Center is a comprehensive rehabilitation program that focuses on assessment and treatment for service men and women who have sustained a mild to moderate traumatic brain injury, along with co-occurring PTSD or other mental health concerns (such as depression or anxiety), from service in post-9/11 conflicts.

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