The Bainbridge Advocacy Individual Network (BAIN) was established in June 1995. BAIN is a grass roots, non-profit, community based, advocacy organization founded by two disabled persons, Virginia Close Harris and the late Eddie Bulger. They believed in themselves and were determined to make a difference. They recognized there was a need for those persons in the community that had a disability to have a place to come together for information, resources, and support. BAIN, Inc. was formed.
BAIN acknowledged that in this society there is strength in numbers. In Bainbridge, it soon became clear that people with disabilities are fully capable of bringing about change in the community, and teaching others in the process. We also recognized how easy it was to be discouraged by barriers. Therefore, a network was needed that would afford the opportunity to feel empowered, to provide encouragement, to clarify issues and to strategically plan for a nondiscriminatory society.
Our Core Services:
Independent Living Skills Training: Staff provides independent living skills training in any life area in which the consumer has a goal to become independent.
Information and Referral: BAIN provides individuals with disabilities, family members, other service providers and the community at large with information on options and resources, which enable people with disabilities to live more self-sufficiently.
Self & Systems Advocacy: BAIN staff works with you to understand your rights and obtain the support services you need to live independently as well as BAIN staff, board members and volunteers initiating activities to make changes in the community that make it easier for all persons with disabilities to live more independently.
Peer Support: People with disabilities helping other people with disabilities achieve their goals of self-sufficiency.
Nursing Home Transition: Assists individuals wishing to move from a nursing home or other institution into the community.
Our Mission Statement:
BAIN, Inc. is a Center for Independent Living (CIL) dedicated to promoting independence and improving the quality of life for individuals with disabilities in South Georgia.
BAIN board meetings are open to the public and we invite you to attend.
BAIN meets on the 3rd Monday of every month at 316 W. Shotwell St. in Bainbridge, GA from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm.
Schedule of upcoming board meetings:
August 19, 2013
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