Shepherd Center’s SHARE Military Initiative Receives Grant from Bob Woodruff Foundation
The SHARE Military Initiative at Shepherd Center has received a grant from the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) to help support the hospital’s rehabilitation and treatment program for service members and veterans who have served in the Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn (OEF, OIF and OND) wars.
The Bob Woodruff Foundation works to ensure injured veterans and their families thrive long after they return home. The team at BWF navigates the maze of more than 46,000 nonprofit organizations to find and fund innovative programs in communities where veterans, their families, and caregivers live and work.
The grant will help fund, in part, a new life coach, who will engage with SHARE Military Initiative clients once they return home to ensure they are able to fully integrate the techniques they learned in therapy into their daily life.
“We are honored to receive recognition from such a prestigious organization as the Bob Woodruff Foundation,” said Susan Johnson, program director of the Shepherd Center Brain Injury Program. “At SHARE, we strive to provide the best possible care for service members and veterans. With this grant, we will be able to expand our program and continue to help these men and women make a successful transition back to the community.”
As a grant recipient, the SHARE Military Initiative joins the BWF grantee network, a collaboration of top-tier programs and advocates working to help our heroes on the homefront.
“Receiving a grant from BWF is an honor that recognizes the dedication, focus and effectiveness of SHARE’s staff, volunteers and supporters,” said Anne Marie Dougherty, executive director of BWF.
Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neuromuscular conditions. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. In its more than four decades, Shepherd Center has grown from a six-bed rehabilitation unit to a world-renowned, 152-bed hospital that treats more than 740 inpatients, nearly 280 day program patients and more than 7,100 outpatients each year in more than 46,000 visits.