May 18, 2020

Dear Friends,

On behalf of the Board of Trustees and staff of the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey, we hope that this letter finds you and your loved ones safe and well. These are unprecedented, uncertain and unsettling times for everyone –  and we know that every family in New Jersey has been impacted in ways large and small. We want to assure you, our loyal friends, that we have been working harder than ever to provide very needed support to individuals with brain injuries and their families throughout New Jersey, while offering education initiatives to the community. 

With careful advance planning, all BIANJ staff began working remotely on March 16, with no interruption to our services and support functions.  Our Information and Resources Helpline is staffed remotely, our CARES and Support Coordination teams meet regularly with the individuals and families they support via telephone or video conference, support groups are being offered via Zoom, and many of our education events are transitioning to webinars, YouTube, or other interactive video conferencing options. We have effectively managed the expected uptick in calls, with questions and concerns about basic necessities including housing, food and financial security, while at the same time helping those who are overwhelmed and need emotional support. Our website and social media are continuously updated with information and resources to address these needs. Our Board of Trustees continues to meet regularly to guide our organization through these unprecedented times.

Like so many small businesses, the non-profit world has been hard hit by the unique circumstances presented by this pandemic. In April, the Alliance applied for and received a federal Paycheck Protection Program forgivable loan, and we are grateful that these funds will lessen the financial impact in the short term on our nonprofit and the very important work that we do. We are confident that with a strong and involved Board, dedicated staff and loyal supporters like you, that we will weather this crisis. We hope to be back working with our program participants in person and providing education in the schools, at health fairs and in senior centers across our state in the near future. 

Again, on behalf of the Board and staff of the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey, we thank you for your support. 

Warm regards,

Steven Benvenisti, Esq.
President, Board of Trustees

Rita Steindlberger
Chief Executive Officer