The Brain Foundation is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501c3 organization founded in 2003. As an all-volunteer organization, almost 100% of all donations go to help those in need.
The Mission of The Brain Foundation is to provide affordable housing for those suffering from serious brain diseases, such as schizophrenia and bi-polar disorders, who are homeless or vulnerable to becoming homeless.
Our vision for the foundation is community based housing for the brain injured and diseased across the country and intend that the lessons learned and accomplishments of our efforts will serve as a model to achieve the vision. If you can see the need in your community, please contact us.
Trudy Harsh founded The Brain Foundation in 2003 and is the President of the Board of Directors. Trudy was driven to establish the Brain Foundation based on her experience with her daughter Laura. Laura suffered a brain tumor when she was 8 years old and the resulting surgery left her stunted emotionally and physically. While Laura struggled with her challenges for 30 years until her death in January 2006, she brought great joy to her family and friends through her keen wit, jokes, poetry and upbeat attitude. Laura was placed in various mental health and institutions, none of which completely met her needs. Some of her best experiences were at the a facility operated by Pathway Homes, Inc. an apartment program operated by the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board and four out of state programs.
Trudy recognized an opportunity to fill the housing gap caused by the closure of many mental health facilities over the past several decades and undertook the ambitious task of seeking out and organizing the legal, financial, technical, and political talent necessary to secure support for acquiring a stock of housing that in 10 - 15 years will be self sustaining, and expanding.