We’re celebrating 30 years of SLI raising the quality of life for brain injury survivors!

As part of the celebration, we’re looking back, from our founding in 1991 to SLI today, with four residential programs, active and vibrant community wellness classes including Neuro-Fit Assisted Exercise, and ongoing programs to support education and research into supporting individuals with brain injury.

Scott Stephens in his High School Band, pre-1983

1983

  • An automobile accident severely injures 17 year old Scott Stephens and leaves him with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). He requires 24×7 care.  His parents Doug and Carrol Stephens soon realize that Scott may need lifelong care.

1985

  • The Massachusetts Legislature funds the Statewide Head Injury Program (SHIP) for individuals with brain injury.

1991

  • Finding no facilities designed for the long-term care of individuals with brain injury, Doug and Carrol found Supportive Living Inc (SLI).  Their initial focus is on housing and 24×7 support.  The mission: “…create appropriate and affordable life-long supportive housing options which will enable survivors of BI to live with dignity…”

    June Johnson

  • June Johnson, parent of a brain injury survivor, joins the SLI board.  She will remain on the board until 2008.

1993

  • The Cummings Foundation donates land in Woburn for what will become Warren House.
  • Inaugurates the annual SLI Golf Tournament sponsored by the Woburn Lions, who will continue to sponsor the tournament for 13 years.

    Joe Elia

  • Joe Elia joins the SLI board, eventually assuming the role of Treasurer.  He will continue on the board until 2008.
  • The Massachusetts Legislature establishes the Head Injury Treatment Services Trust Fund, funded by a $125 fine levied against those convicted of Driving Under the Influence (DUI).

Woburn Planning Board Director John Cashell, Mayor John Rabbitt, Carrol Stephens and Congressman Edward Markey

1994

  • SLI receives HUD Sect 811 grant for $955,800 for construction of an 11 unit, barrier-free residence for adults with TBI.  This is the first time HUD has granted 811 funds to this type of organization.
  • HUD will continue as a major construction and operating funding source for all SLI properties.

1995

  • Architecture plans complete for SLIs first residence, now named Warren House.  An agency of the Commonwealth of MA, The Executive Office of Communities and Development also grants SLI $220,000 toward Warren House construction costs.
    • The Commonwealth of MA will continue as a major funding source for SLI activities through the years.
  • SLI’s founding medical advisor, Dr. Anna Pomfret relocates to Tanzania Africa to work on rural health programs.
  • BayBank, a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank system sponsors SLI for a successful grant of $102,400 to cover the cost of Warren House site improvements.

This is the first installment on the SLI 30 year history.  Stay tuned to this page for updates throughout the end of the year.