Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans with traumatic brain injuries can receive free, comprehensive rehabilitation in Grand Rapids through a program funded by the Department of Defense. Officials from Grand Valley State University (GVSU) and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital discussed details of the Wounded Warriors Traumatic Brain Injury Project (WWTBIP) at a news conference November 9 at the hospital. They were joined by U.S. Rep. Vern Ehlers, who was key to securing the $1.279 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense that will fund the project. Ehlers, who will retire after serving Michigan for 17 years in Washington, said he was pleased that he could get funding for the project. “It’s really the least we can do for our soldiers,” he said. The WWTBIP offers opportunities for standard physical and psychological care, and community support to veterans who sustained traumatic brain injuries while they were deployed in either Afghanistan or Iraq. Jean Nagelkerk, principal investigator and vice provost for health at GVSU, said the idea behind this project came from area families with loved ones who received a traumatic brain injury. “We are so excited to be able to provide care and rehabilitation services to wounded warriors and help reintegrate them into society to lead productive lives,” Nagelkerk said. GVSU faculty members from the Kirkhof College of Nursing and College of Health Professions will help develop the educational program to enhance the knowledge base of Mary Free Bed staff members who will be directly involved with the veterans. Dr. Jacobus Donders, co-investigator and chief psychologist at Mary Free Bed, said the services through WWTBIP will not duplicate those that veterans already receive through veterans hospitals or clinics, but the WWTBIP project will deliver enhanced services such as driver rehabilitation, on-site job evaluation and coaching, and group and family support. GVSU President Thomas J. Haas said announcing the program so close to Veterans Day was appropriate; he also called the men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan “the next greatest generation.” Those service members include Haas’ two sons and daughter. The program is open for enrollment. For more information about the WWTBIP, call (888) 736-0208, e-mail to WoundedWarrior@MaryFreeBed.com, or visit www.maryfreebed.com/woundedwarriors. This research project is being conducted by Grand Valley State University and Mary […]
Grand Rapids Goodwill opens second LEED-certified Goodwill store in Michigan Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids Inc. broke ground on its second LEED-certified retail store in Rockford on November 17 at 9:00 a.m. This marks the second Goodwill Store in Michigan and the third retail store in Michigan to be LEED-certified. “We evaluated the demographics and influence of our customers when choosing a location for our second LEED store,” said Chief Marketing and Communications Officer Jill Wallace. “We are excited to have a presence in a community with a small-town appeal to provide affordable retail options. Now more than ever, Goodwill is in need of donations. With our mission-based programs of assisting people with barriers to employment through job training and placement, the call for donations is great.” The Rockford Goodwill store, to open in Spring 2011, will feature a similar design to the Standale store that opened in December 2009. The build-out with Pinnacle Construction Group will follow Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) commissioned components. Guidelines will be followed in building products, energy usage, water usage, and more to earn the certification. “In addition to the LEED certification, this Goodwill store features the everyday shopping experience that our customers enjoy,” said Wallace. The Rockford store, located at 8390 Belmont Ave. NE (at the corner of 10 Mile Road), is the 15th Goodwill retail store to open in the greater Grand Rapids community. Proceeds from Goodwill stores help fund employment and placement programs for individuals with barriers to employment.
Is it just me? Does time go faster, or seem to, when you get old? I’m raising my hand here. Yup, time sure flies. I just heard a radio talk by a woman whose grandmother had lived entirely off the products of her family farm, with all homegrown foods. Closer to home, Courtland Township did not have electricity until 1937. That’s all within living memory. The editor of this paper is a good illustration of the time flies phenomenon, and she’s not very old. She was brought up on a farm, killed chickens, helped butcher a pig, enjoyed a fridge full of fresh milk from our cow and made butter from that milk. She took care of her horses: fed them, cleaned up, checked their feet. She runs this paper, which is created on a computer, but she still remembers how to milk a cow. Fast forward: Her kids would be lost without Twitter and Facebook and may never have ridden a horse. Monday was “Cyber Monday,” a shopping spree of online buying. Some estimates put sales for that day alone at $1 billion. Nope, it’s not just me. Technology is riding Change, spurring it on without a buggy whip. Where will we be in 20 years? I’d love to be here to see, even though I’m breathless from all this speed. Priority story A group of friends went out deer hunting and separated into pairs for the day. That night, one hunter returned alone, staggering under a huge buck. “Where’s Harry?” asked the others. “He fainted a couple miles up the trail,” came the answer. “What? You left him lying there alone and carried the deer back?” “It was a tough decision,” said the hunter. “But I figured no one is going to steal Harry.” Problem-solved story The construction boss ordered one of his men to dig a hole eight feet deep. After the job was completed, the boss came back and said an error had been made and the hole wouldn’t be needed. “Fill ‘er up,” he ordered. The worker did as told, but ran into a problem. He couldn’t get all the dirt packed back into the hole. A mound remained on top. He explained the situation at the construction office. The […]
For the third year, the Rockford bus drivers union gave back to the community by donating food and money. Working with North Kent Community Services to make the best use of monetary donations, the group was responsible for feeding six families this holiday season. Union President Craig Morrow said the group, which is technically known as Rockford Education Support Personnel Association (RESPA), knows many in the area are having a hard time financially. He said they put up a poster representing six families and list the staples of a holiday meal. Union members either donate those items or sign up to make a financial contribution for the cost of the food. The two-week drive included all 66 Rockford bus drivers. Morrow said next year the union members plan to increase their giving and adopt a family from each of the elementary schools for which they drive.
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