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WHO WE ARE
The Southern California Chapter of the United Spinal Association is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization run entirely by volunteers. Our focus is to help people rebuild their lives after a spinal cord injury or onset of a spinal cord related disease by providing a pathway to the resources, programs and services available for survivors and their families.
We are dedicated to providing pathways for success by connecting individuals that have a spinal cord injury/diagnosis with employment and/or educational resources necessary to achieve their individual goals.
The Southern California Chapter is a 501(c)(3) organization
Let's Build a Community
Is community important? With organizations like ours, building community is so important, otherwise we have no purpose. We have struggled a bit on how to go about doing this. So we ramped up our newsletters, sending them monthly, we hold monthly Meet & Greet events in San Diego and working on the Riverside area as well as the Murrieta valley. We are also in the planning phase for a couple of fun outings designed for everyone and all ages.
So, who makes up a community such as ours? Our community is made up of all sorts of people from all walks of life. There are those of us with a SCI/D who use wheelchairs for mobility, our friends and family, physical therapists, occupational therapist, recreation therapist, social workers, rehab nurses and anyone who advocates on our behalf. That's quite a powerful group of advocates if I do say so.
What are the benefits of being part of a community such as ours? The most obvious to me is making new friends. Whether we're getting together for a Meet & Greet or an educational workshop or the Interabled Couples group, it's about friendship, socialization, building a support network and being a part of something bigger. We always have a good time.
How can we grow our community? Word of mouth, people that come out and hang with us and have a good time will tell someone else and maybe they'll come check us out and have a good time too. The proverbial snowball. Our events draw people to us and so many times, those same people come to a Meet & Greet and before they know it, they're an integral part of this community. It's certainly not lost on us that our friends who are rehab professionals, support us all of the time and every step of the way and we can't thank them enough. Well, we can, by continuing to build this community and providing good opportunities to learn about this new way of life. I want to finish off by saying that our chapter is not about exclusivity, it's about inclusivity. So come out and hang with is, we're a pretty fun crowd.