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Providing an alternative to institutionalized and campus living for persons with an acquired brain injury

The Sherrys

NCIL group hikeIn the early 1980s my husband Garry was working at a large facility for the treatment of adults with traumatic brain injury. He became frustrated at the difficulties inherent in large programs with their inability to truly integrate individuals into the community.

At the same time my family was becoming increasingly frustrated trying to find a place for my brother who had sustained a serious brain injury in 1983. We had many conversations about what we thought a program should be comprised of…home-like living, caring staff who treat people as individuals, and lots of involvement in a small and accepting community where we can develop authentic rehabilitative experiences. And there were things we didn’t want…over-sized administrative staff, outdated behavioral programs, that heavy-duty institutional furniture, and large campus settings isolated from the community.

After lots of soul searching, we decided to develop our own program and run it the way we knew it should be run, the way we wanted our own love one to live. In 1994 we opened our first program. The homes are in our neighborhood. We focused on small, individualized program with plenty of client choice and a variety of community activities. We hired the kind of staff we’d want to work with our family: caring, bright, easy to get along with, who were looking for a place to build a career.

That was 19 years ago. Since that time, we have worked hard to establish a reputation we are very proud of. We now have several homes and wonderful people for whom we are privileged to provide services. Most recently, when our school district and parents needed a program locally to avoid placing children with autism and other developmental disabilities in out-of-district programs, we responded and opened the North Country School. We now serve children and young adults.

Garry and I hope you get a feel of our programs from this website. Please do not hesitate to call us or come visit us to discuss how we can help you to make a tough decision a little easier.

—Patsy & Garry Sherry