I had the chance to take a tour of Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center on Sandhill Road in Mason yesterday and was so impressed with the staff and facility - and not just because they have a dog AND a mini-pony for therapy. The not-for-profit operation cites their mission here:

"...is for individuals who have sustained a brain injury. Origami provides more than medical care. We work as a team...to meet the physical, social, spiritual, cognitive, and emotional needs of those who have sustained a brain injury. We focus on maximizing recovery, restoring quality of life and independence."

The stories of people who've had traumatic brain injuries who were helped by Origami to find a sense of themselves again was amazing - like the young Michigan man who was riding his bicycle on the way to a job interview the summer after he graduated high school when he was hit by a semi. Yes, a semi hit his bicycle and sent him flying 100 feet through the air. Not one broken bone, but his brain suffered a traumatic injury. Eight years later, he's able to function so much better than initially imagined, due to the therapies he received at Origami.

Origami also serves those who serve our country.

Origami is one of 20 facilities nationwide to be selected to participate in the Assisted Living Pilot Program for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Origami was awarded a contract through a competitive federal acquisition process to participate in the new Assisted Living Pilot Program for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury (AL-TBI).

The program, the first of its kind for V.A., helps veterans with traumatic brain injuries who need residential care by placing them in specialized TBI residential assisted living facilities like Origami that are closer to their homes and families, while avoiding institutional and hospital settings.  Now, through treatment facilities like Origami, veterans are provided TBI rehabilitative care in residential settings while still receiving access to a wide range of post-acute services and supports from VA and the residential facility that will help them on the road to rehabilitation.

To learn more about participation in the V.A.’s pilot program at Origami, veterans or their families can contact the Admissions Team at (517) 455-0264.


The Brain Injury Association of Michigan is hosting a fundraiser on Friday, December 1, 2017 at the University Club in East Lansing - the money they raise will benefit Origami and similar facilities across Michigan. Come re-live the 1980s and help raise money for a great cause!

'Rockin' for Rehab, an 80s Celebration" will be Friday December 1st 7 PM-Midnight

University Club, 3435 Forest Road, East Lansing

Live music and dancing!

For more info about the BIAMI fundraiser event, and to get your tickets, click the link here.