The Here and Now Project, Washington State Chapter of United Spinal

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The Here and Now Project, Washington State Chapter of United Spinal

The Here and Now Project is a certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization run by a team of dedicated volunteers. Our mission is to connect and empower the paralysis community in the Pacific Northwest. Through private support groups, community activities and larger annual gatherings, we have built a fellowship of Survivors and Supporters who encourage and inspire each other to Do Life in the Here and Now.

The Here and Now Project is breaking through the isolation often experienced after a spinal cord injury by connecting people whose lives have been affected by paralysis. Between our rotating calendar of private support meetings, seasonal gatherings and activities, and larger annual meet ups, we are building a fellowship where the interchange of experience, strength and hope empowers us as we strive for an enhanced, more accessible life.

Our fellowship of support doesn’t end with those directly affected by paralysis; their loved ones need support, too. Like the mobile above a child’s crib, when one person experiences such a drastic life shift, the entire family is sent spinning. This is why we designate time at our meetings for families and spouses as well.

The Here and Now Project arranges and schedules numerous events and meet ups designed to encourage participation, education, and socialization.

Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal cord injury can result in paralysis of the muscles used for breathing; paralysis and/or loss of feeling in all or some of the trunk, arms, and legs; weakness; numbness; loss of bowel and bladder control; and numerous secondary conditions including respiratory problems, pressure sores, and sometimes fatal spikes in blood pressure. Approximately 12,000 new spinal cord injuries occur in the U.S. each year. A majority of injuries occur from motor vehicle accidents, falls, work-related accidents, sports injuries, and penetrations such as stab or gunshot wounds.

Our Membership Community

Our membership community provides a lifeline for many individuals that are focused on regaining their independence and improving their quality of life––whether they are leaving rehab after sustaining a spinal cord injury, learning to live with symptoms of a spinal cord disorder, or have spent years of frustration coping with disability. We provide members guidance and resources on a variety of topics they are passionate about, such as employment, affordable housing, transportation, health care, home- and community-based independent living, education, peer support, and leisure and recreation.
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