Client Care

Journey of Recovery

Meet Kyle

Kyle is an outgoing and friendly individual that is usually seen with a big smile on his face!  He is from Williamston, Michigan, is very close with his family, and loves to bicycle.  In 1988, when Kyle was just 18 years old, he was in a motor vehicle accident and sustained a severe traumatic brain injury.  Kyle’s brain injury made him more susceptible to falls. He was involved in additional accidents (falls and motor vehicle vs. bicycle) causing further injury to Kyle’s brain. Kyle’s amazing family support system assisted and cared for him for over 20 years.  In 2012, Kyle and his mom made the choice for Kyle to come live at Origami in the Semi-Independent Living track of the Community Based Program. Kyle works part-time at Goodwill, utilizes Spec-Tran (a local paratransit service for individuals with disabilities), plays guitar at Michigan State University Community Music, continues to love bicycling (with supervision), and is proud of the independence he has gained since coming to Origami.

Meet Ray

Ray was born and raised in Midland, Michigan and is the oldest of eight children. He has been married to his wife, Rosemary, for 40 years and together they have four children, two dogs, and grandchildren. Ray has always been a family man, taking on a guardian role for two of his siblings and always being there for his children. Ray graduated from Michigan State University with a Master’s in Business Administration and worked as a computer systems manager at Hewlett Packard. On January 9, 2013 Ray was driving to work when he hit an icy patch and spun into a cement embankment. From this accident, he sustained a traumatic brain injury.  Origami’s holistic approach included many months of specialized brain injury treatments. All the while, he had tremendous support and encouragement from his family. The brain injury caused Ray to go down an unplanned path; however, he has worked hard to not have this define him.  His love of sports, outdoor activities, and family life goes unchanged. With Origami’s help, Ray is back to doing what he loves!

Meet Alex

In 2014, Alex began 10th grade at Williamston High School.  He enjoyed the outdoors, lacrosse, tennis, fishing, and just being active. He was an above average student with his favorite classes being algebra and science. Alex has a loving, supportive family and has plans to be a police officer after graduation.  In January 2015, Alex was on the passenger side of a car when it was struck by another vehicle. He sustained a mild traumatic brain injury which resulted in daily headaches. These often progressed into debilitating migraines. As a result of his constant headaches and other post-concussive symptoms, Alex struggled to complete a full day of school, maintain attention when in class, accurately process information, interact effectively with others, and follow through on school assignments.  Alex reduced his class time and started the Outpatient Program at Origami in September 2015.  He was eager to learn and utilize strategies to work towards his goal of successfully returning back to school full time and graduating with the rest of his class.