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.
Learn about some of the programs you can support at Shepherd Center:
Recreation Therapy Programs
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.
Patient and Family Housing
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.
Virginia C. Crawford Research Institute
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.
SHARE Military Initiative
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.