South Okanagan/Similkameen Brain Injury Society

We aim to support vulnerable individuals including those with Acquired Brain Injury, Mental Health conditions & housing needs, through: Brain Injury Education and Prevention services Support programs for our clients, their families, & caregivers Homeless Outreach services Employment opportunities for our clients Subsidized Housing services

Brain Injury Society South Okanagan SimilkameenOur Impact Why We Exist

Vision

To assist members in acquiring resources to live a fulfilled life

Mission

To provide quality programs and services to individuals including those with Acquired Brain Injuries, Mental Health conditions or who have housing needs, through:

Brain Injury Prevention & Education

Programs for our clients, their families, & caregivers

Advocacy & Homeless Outreach

Vocational support

Subsidized housing & housing services

Our Story What We Do

The South Okanagan Similkameen Brain Injury Society (SOSBIS) is a non-profit organization made up of brain injured people, family members, and professionals dedicated to assisting survivors and their families to achieve the greatest level of independence and quality of life.

We serve the entire South Okanagan Similkameen Region (Osoyoos, Oliver, Keremeos, Princeton, Okanagan Falls, Penticton & Summerland), British Columbia, Canada.

We were founded in 1989 when a group of brain injury survivors and family members met to support one another through a shared awareness and understanding of the needs of people with acquired brain injuries.

From these early beginnings as an informal support group SOSBIS has continued to grow both in its membership and in the range and scope of services provided to people with acquired brain injury.

The dedicated Board of Directors has ensured stability for program development and service direction. The Board of Directors of SOSBIS reflects the diversity of professionals necessary in the continuum of services for people with acquired brain injury.

SOSBIS has concentrated its efforts on developing strong working relationships with other professionals, agency and government bodies in order to facilitate smooth access and coordination of services within its community. It is because the services of SOSBIS are rooted in the community and developed in response to the needs of its membership in conjunction with its service partners that the programs are effective in meeting the needs of people with acquired brain injury in Penticton and area.

Our Programs How We Do It

From Brain Injury support and skill development to Housing, we provide a wide range of services to people experiencing changes in brain injury and brain function.

Brain Injury Support Services

  • Planning and Pacing        
  • Brain Injury 101    
  • Coping Skills for Life Management                
  • Boundaries and Assertiveness
  • Aphasia Conversation support
  • Healthy Lifestyles Programs (Camera Group, Men's Group, Writing out Loud)
  • Recreation Programs (Bowling, Knitting,Walking, Relaxation through Art, Yoga)
  • Caregiver Support

Housing Programs

  • Homeless Outreach / Homeless Prevention
  • Mental Health Housing
  • Subsidized Housing 

What You Can Do

Please contact our office for information about current volunteer opportunities or make a donation so we can continue to offer support services to people affected by Brain Injuries.

Contact

Linda Sankey
Executive Director
250.490.0613 x204
Charitable Number: 896149457RR0001

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