Jodi House Brain Injury Support Center

Jodi House Brain Injury Support Center

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Jodi House is a nonprofit organization that supports brain injury survivors and their caretakers. Staff is available by email, phone or in person.

Jodi House Program is composed of three main elements: community integration, supported living services, and vocational supported services. Jodi House Program services focus on survivors' interests and skills rather than their disabilities. Members, volunteers, and staff work collaboratively to make Jodi House a safe, nurturing community of support. Program activities include music, art, adaptive

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A heartfelt thank you to our Gold Sponsor, The Chumash Foundation , for making this year’s “An Evening to Explore Jodi House” at the possible! We deeply appreciate your generous support of the brain injury community over the years, and are thrilled to partner with you again this year.


Save the Date!! We welcome you to join us on the rooftop at at sunset on October 23rd from 5:30-7:30 to sip, savor, and learn more about how Jodi House empowers brain injury survivors to thrive! You can purchase tickets at (link in bio), and all proceeds will directly benefit our brain injury support program!

And, thank you to our Gold Sponsor , and our Supporter Sponsor, for making this event possible❤️


Check out our new blog post on the importance of a growth mindset! 💐


A summer craft at Jodi House ☀️


Check out these tips for building resilience after Brain Injury! ⭐️


Meet Jodi House’s new Program Specialist, Megan! Megan is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, where her journey in the field of neuroscience and psychology first took root. During high school, she interned at a neurofeedback clinic where she became passionate about mental health and rehabilitation. There, she encountered many individuals facing brain injury recovery and various chronic mental health challenges. This experience led her to continue her studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She graduated in 2024 with a B.S. in Biopsychology and started her role as Program Specialist for Jodi House. She is excited to use her experiences and education to serve Jodi House and its members and is committed to helping those in recovery build a strong foundation of care and support.


Yesterday in our art class, members dove into the creative world of watercolor and ink. They painted abstract shapes with watercolor and brought them to life with ink details. This activity helped stimulate the prefrontal and visual cortices, aiding in planning, decision-making, and visual creativity.

Photos from Jodi House Brain Injury Support Center's post 06/27/2024

Today, we raise awareness about Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a mental health condition affecting millions worldwide. Swipe through to learn more about what PTSD is and how it can be treated.


Check out the June 2024 edition of the Jodi House Journal for all the latest happenings at Jodi House:


Join us on Wednesday, 6/26 at 12 PM to learn about Doctors Without Walls, access to medical services, and the role of primary care. Everyone is welcome, and no pre-registration is required☺️


Meet Jodi House’s new Case Manager, Robert! Robert’s interest in studying the brain began at UC Santa Barbara, where he graduated with his B.S. in Biopsychology and Pharmacology. During his studies, he worked as a homeless shelter staff member, a volunteer community health worker, and an EMT. As Case Manager, his mission is to serve alongside members as an advocate, empowering them throughout their journey.

To make a Case Management appointment or to learn more about Jodi House’s Case Management program, please email [email protected]☺️


Happy Father’s Day to all the incredible dads! Thank you for your endless love, support, and wisdom. We are wishing you a day filled with joy and appreciation.

Photos from Jodi House Brain Injury Support Center's post 06/03/2024

June is Aphasia Awareness Month. Swipe to learn more about aphasia, its impact on brain injury survivors, and how to effectively communicate with people living with aphasia.


Keep up the great work, everyone! If you haven’t completed your run, walk, or roll yet, there’s still time. Keep submitting your photos!


Check out the May 2024 edition of the Jodi House Journal for all the latest happenings at Jodi House:


Today we remember and honor those who have fought for our country 🇺🇸


In 2019, Tammy began experiencing severe headaches and memory loss, which led to a diagnosis of carbon monoxide poisoning. Despite the challenges, she never gave up. Through a combination of therapies and a strong support system, Tammy has made significant progress. Her story is a reminder to always be your own advocate and to keep pushing forward, no matter the obstacles.

Photos from Jodi House Brain Injury Support Center's post 05/21/2024

Our Virtual Run, Walk & Roll is still in full swing! It’s incredible to see photos like these from participants from all over the country. Don’t forget to complete your run, walk, or roll before the end of May, and you can submit your photos to [email protected] or by tagging us !


Halfway through May and our member event was a success! For those of you participating at home, remember to do your run, walk, or roll before the end of the month. Don’t forget to capture the moment and share your pictures with us!📸⭐️


Check out our new blog post on Stroke Awareness Month!


Happy Mother’s Day to all the incredible moms out there! Your strength and love inspire us every day. Wishing you a wonderful day filled with joy and appreciation. 💐


Join us on Wednesday, 5/15 at 12 PM to learn about the impacts of nutrition, exercise, mindset, and behaviors on overall health. Everyone is welcome, and no pre-registration is required☺️

Photos from Jodi House Brain Injury Support Center's post 05/09/2024

We had an amazing Run, Walk & Roll member event today🌴🌈☀️Thank you to all who participated! If you weren’t able to make it in person, you have the whole month of May to complete your run, walk, or roll—we can’t wait to see your photos📸


From today’s Flower Arranging event💐🌼🌷a special thank you to for donating the beautiful flowers for our bouquets☺️


Hope everyone had a great first week of Run Walk & Roll! Don’t forget to share your pictures with us—we love seeing your experiences. You can tag us on Instagram or Facebook , or email your photos to [email protected]. Keep those photos coming! 📸

Photos from Jodi House Brain Injury Support Center's post 05/03/2024

May is Stroke Awareness Month. Stay informed and watch for these signs!


Quick reminder! Our in-person Run, Walk & Roll member event will be taking place in one week at Chase Palm Plaza. Lace up, step out, and run, walk, or roll with us. We can’t wait to see you there!

Photos from Jodi House Brain Injury Support Center's post 05/01/2024

Ready, set, go! 🏃‍♂️🚶‍♀️♿ Happy first day of Jodi House’s 2024 Run, Walk, & Roll event! As we kick off another amazing event, here’s a throwback to some inspiring moments from last year. Let’s create new memories and achievements together this year!


The countdown is almost complete! 🌟 Join us tomorrow as the 2024 Virtual Run, Walk, & Roll kicks off and continues all through May! Don’t forget to share your journey with us by sending in pictures throughout the month. 📸

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Jodi House

Jodi House began as a family’s attempt to help their daughter cope with the life-changing effects of her traumatic brain injury. After their daughter, Jodi, was struck by a drunk driver, Donna and Jerry Wustman had no idea where to turn. Jodi was talented, warm and spirited. She was in college studying art. But after the accident, everything was different. Now what? What resources exist for a twenty-year-old girl who was suddenly, tragically, rendered permanently disabled by something she had no control over?

Her parents looked for answers to these questions and found nothing. But they didn’t give up. In fact, they were inspired by this gap in services to create a place for people like Jodi. So Donna and Jerry, along with their dear friend Louise Fields, started Jodi House. In 1982, they began connecting with other brain injury survivors in the Santa Barbara community. 13 years later, after years of meeting in public spaces and lots of cookie sales, they were able to get a house on Veronica Springs Road that became a hub of support for the members of Jodi House. Then, in 2010, a generous donation allowed Jodi House to move to its current location in downtown Santa Barbara. Here, in our warm, beautiful Victorian house, our members have a place to continue their recoveries, to support one another, and to feel understood.

Brain injuries look different for everyone: for some, Jodi House is a place of transition in which members prepare to reintegrate into the larger community, and for others, Jodi House is their community. Either way, our programs are built to empower our members to the greatest extent possible:

  • Our Day Program consists of classes that aim to improve cognitive, physical and social functioning after brain injury. This program also helps connect our members to community resources through monthly presentations and field trips. From Memory Skills and Brain Workout to Posture & Stability and Restorative Yoga, our classes can help members in many of the areas a brain injury can impact.
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    Jodi House recently welcomed Ericka Dixon, LCSW, of Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital, to host a presentation about self-i...
    We recently learned about everyday therapeutic strategies and how to avoid negative self-talk with special guest speaker...




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