Newsletter 2013



In This Issue
HARC Upcoming Closures
Welcome New Staff & Volunteers
What's Happening at HARC
Welcome New Participants, Review Sessions & Valuables
New Spring Programs
Caregiver/Family Group
Stride 4 Stroke Run
Come camping with us
HARC Let's Talk Luncheon
Black & White Talk Bubbles

HARC Upcoming Closures

HARC Luncheon
No Programs
March 7

Office Open
No Programs
March 12-14

 No Programs
  March 19-21
New Staff 

Hannah Fleming 
Speech-Language Pathologist

 Social Workers
Kendal Allsop, LCSW
Program Supervisor

Scott Berdou, LMSW

Janet Saxon, LMSW

Roxanne R. Williams, LMSW



Dianne Foutch
HARC Board/ Volunteer

Karindy Orr
Annie Roach
SLPA Student 
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What's Happening at HARC?
Welcome New Participants 
HARC welcomed eight new participants, their families, and caregivers to the center in January. All of the new participants, families, and caregivers went through supported communication training. Please help us welcome Jim Baker, Robert Beggs, Cecil Ellison, Dan Gannon, Enedelia "Annie" Guajardo, Michael Krieger, Ray Valdez, and Cliff Westman.
Participant Review Sessions
HARC Speech-Language Pathologists will be holding follow-up sessions in the next few months. The purpose of the sessions is to give HARC the opportunity to meet with participants and caregivers on a one to one basis.
Keep Valuables Safe
As the center grows we continue to offer free secured lockers to store your personal items. Please refrain from carrying all your items to and from each program. Check with HARC staff for a complementary locker. If you do carry an electronic device (i.e. Ipad) please make sure to label with your name and secure your items with a case. If you have lost an item, check in the lost and found in the office. HARC is not responsible for lost or stolen items. 

        Look What's New this Spring!



Zumba Fit: A fun, energizing exercise group that combines dance with motivating music. Modified as appropriate for seated or ambulatory participants.


Tech Chat: Our newest conversation group discusses and samples current and upcoming technology, websites, apps and much more! Participants are encouraged to share what they currently use with the group and give opinions on what is shared as we work and learn together.


Challenge Groups: HARC now offers 4 Challenge Groups during our program week.  These Challenge Groups are designed to provide further challenging opportunities for those participants who want an opportunity for more independent work and group leadership.


Challenge Group List: 

Tuesday @ 11:00 am: Challenge Book Club

Wednesday @ 11:00 am: Challenge Writing Group

Thursday @ 10:00 am: Challenge Show and Share Conversation

Thursday @ 1:00pm: Challenge Tech Chat


Questions about if you or your loved one would benefit from this Challenge Program, please see Stephanie or Melissa.


Spring Schedule Changes:

Please note that our Faithful Paws program will now be held on the first THURSDAY of each month from 1-2 pm.

Please note that our Music and Language Program will be held on Tuesdays at 11:00 am, and THURSDAY AFTERNOON at 1:00 pm.


Participant Support Chat

Our newest communication group which includes our social workers. Designed for participants to discuss topics related to stroke and living successfully with aphasia on Thursdays at 11:00 am.


Click Here for Spring Program Schedule

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 HARC is excited to offer our Caregiver Group EVERY program day (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays) from 10:00-11:30am. Every caregiver group is facilitated by a licensed social worker.  All HARC caregivers/family members are welcome to participate.



Caregiver groups will be "family group". Share resources and have discussion on various topics that would be relevant to family. (Family only Caregiver Group)



Caregiver groups will be "Family and Caregiver general group" agency and families are invited.  Topics through March 6, 2013 will be Identifying and Managing Stress.



Caregiver groups will be "Open conversation group"Topics will vary each week.
Please Note:

Please make sure that you sign out at the front desk with your name and contact phone number if you leave HARC during the program day. If your participant needs the assistance of Metro please inform the HARC staff, so they can assist your participant with their transportation. If you have questions, please see Allison Hay.

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Saturday, March 2, 2013 
Rice University Football Stadium
6100 Main Street
Houston, TX 77005

Join HARC on Saturday, March 2 for Stride4Stroke 5K Run, Walk, or Wheel promoting education and awareness of stroke symptoms, treatment, prevention, and research. Register to be part of  HARC's team HARC HEROES at www.methodiststride4stroke.com or come and help us cheer on the team! 

Walk Adult Option: $20.00
5K walk registration, t-shirt, participant gift bag, picnic luncheon

  Festival of Life
March 2, 2013
Houston Zoo
Masihara Pavilion
6200 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030
Join HARC as we partner with the American Heart Association and UT Stroke Team, at the Houston Zoo for a fun day of free health screenings, family fun activities, photo booth, animal show, and a BBQ buffet lunch. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children, if you would like to waive that fee please call (713) 500-7047.  Click here to register if you would like to attend. All are welcome.


Let's Talk Luncheon

March 7, 2013

11:30 AM

River Oaks Country Club

1600 River Oaks Blvd.

Houston, TX 77019


It is with great pleasure we announce Houston Aphasia Recovery Center (HARC) "Let's Talk" Luncheon on Thursday March 7, 2013 at River Oaks Country Club, honoring HARC founder Blair Justice for his dedication to those affected by aphasia.


Our keynote speaker will be Sean Maloney, former Executive Vice President and Chairman of Intel China, a Fortune 500 company.  Maloney who has been described as "one of the world's best communicators," will share with us the compelling story of his stroke and inspirational journey to find his voice again.

Click Here to support the HARC Luncheon