Areas of Need
Online gifts to the Shepherd Center Foundation are generally unrestricted, or, you may designate your gift to be used in a particular area that interests you, such as patient care, clinical research or educational programs for people with disabilities.
SHARE Military Initiative
The SHARE Military Initiative provides Shepherd’s full rehabilitation continuum of evaluation and treatment services for military personnel who have sustained brain injury, spinal cord injury or blast injury in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan and during stateside training—at no cost to the patients or their families.
Patient Family Housing Program
Family presence is critical to the patient’s rehabilitation. For families traveling greater than 60 miles, the hospital provides 30 days complimentary housing on campus in wheelchair accessible apartments while their loved one is receiving care.
More than sports and fitness, Shepherd Center’s renowned Recreation Therapy program engages patients in community reintegration outings to familiar activities such as grocery shopping, going to the airport, restaurants and retail stores to safely learn and practice the everyday skills needed to return to independent living. Our Recreation Therapy program also introduces our patients to a world of leisure enjoyment in adaptive activities such as sports, horticulture, arts & crafts, hunting and fishing and a variety of outdoor sports.
Virginia C. Crawford Research Institute
The hospital has focused on clinical research impacting quality of life, adjustment to injury, the prevention & treatment of secondary complications and community reintegration. Health services research explores ways to deliver patient care and control treatment costs. By measuring effectiveness, the Center can identify the most effective treatments.