Meetings & Events

Effective immediately, our meetings will be held BI-MONTHLY, that is, every other month (2nd, 4th, 6th, etc.) on the third Wednesday, at 6:30 p.m.  Pizza and snacks begin at 6:15.  Meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.:


Future meetings:

Next regular bi-monthly meeting:  February 19, 2020

No Scheduled Speaker, we will plan future events and have discussion between members!


2020 Meetings:  Feb. 19, April 15, June 17, August 19, October 21

Annual Christmas Party:  December 5

Bi-Monthly meetings will be held at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community's Village Hall, 1475 Virginia Ave, Harrisonburg, Virginia.  


Directions: Take 42 North (Virginia Ave.) to the entrance of VMRC, immediately turn right on Heritage Drive. At the intersection with Shank Drive, cross Shank to Village Hall (there is a sign at the intersection).


Brain injury survivors, families, friends, and caregivers are invited.  All are welcome to attend.

Past Meetings & Events

On August 13, 2019, we co-hosted a booth at the Rockingham County Fair with Brain Injury Connections of the Shenandoah Valley.  Many folks came by and interacted with the Jello Brain, supposedly the same color and consistency of a real brain!


June 19, 2019 - April Hepler, Licensed Professional Counselor and founding member of Adagio House.  April told us about the services offered at this new local business that focuses on "caring for the caregivers."  She also discussed her vision for Adagio House in the future, and how services may be accessed.


Our support group member talks with Dr. Dan Gardner about her brain injury.  YouTube video, 21 mins., 40 secs.

Click here for link.


October 17, 2018:  Virginia Cutchin, a Certified Life Skills Coach and Director of Transition Success Consulting, spoke to us about her journey with brain injury and about fitting health, wellness, balance and centeredness into your life.  

June 20, 2018 - Our Speaker was Cynthia R O’Donoghue, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Professor and Head Communication Sciences and Disorders, James Madison University. 

Topic:  Access to Neurobehavioral Services in Virginia.

On October 18, 2017, Tamara Wagester, Executive Director of Crossroads to Brain Injury Recovery, Inc. spoke to our group about the services offered by Crossroads and their community activities throughout 2017.

June 21, 2017:  Mennonite pastor, counselor, and social justice advocate Harvey Yoder spoke to our group on "The Wise Brain and the Impulsive Brain" - an interesting topic for everyone!  As usual, Harvey is an intelligent and engaging speaker, one of our favorites!  

February 15, 2017:  Kiersten Kanaster, M.M., Facilitator and Owner, Beyond High C / Singing Specialty.  This program incorporates music/singing into a brain injury survivor's every day life and can impact their recovery in a meaningful way.  Kiersten led us in an interactive and fun drum circle-type activity and a group singing session, with a Valentine's Day theme.