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Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Awards $50 Million to Shepherd Center for Family Housing Expansion

The grant will support the construction of a new married quarters building to be named At Arthur M. Blank honor, located at 1860 Peachtree Road in Atlanta. The expansion will add approximately 160 housing units and construction will begin this fall.

“Arthur has always believed in the importance of our family-centered approach to rehabilitation care,” said Alana Berger, co-founder of the Shepherd Center and chairman of the board. “With the generous support of the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation to our programs like Recreation Therapy and the SHARE Military Initiative, he has enabled countless patients to pursue what is possible. Through this investment in our program of family housing, Shepherd can help restore the lives of even more who seek our care around the world.”

Integrating family into treatment poses a challenge when patients or their families are not on site Atlanta. Currently, Shepherd Center is offering up to 30 days of housing for families of newly injured rehabilitation patients if the family and patient live more than 60 miles from the hospital. With the average length of stay for patients at Shepherd Center approximately 60 days and more than 50 percent of patients and families coming to Shepherd from out of state GeorgiaThis crucial grant from the Blank Family Foundation will increase the number of married quarters, allowing families and caregivers to stay as long as needed for the rehabilitation of their loved ones at the Shepherd Center.

Blank, a longtime Shepherd Center donor, brings a deep understanding of the tremendous value and life-changing effects of care beyond traditional clinical and rehabilitative services. He has provided significant support over the years to the Shepherd Center’s SHARE Military Initiative, a program that provides world-class treatment at no cost to veterans, military personnel, and first responders with traumatic brain injuries. SHARE clients and families also rely on married quarters during their treatment at Shepherd Center.

“My family and I are honored to support the Shepherd Center and its promise to care for the whole family during this difficult time,” said Blank, chairman of the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. “I am filled with deep respect and pride that Alana and her team have remained a family-oriented organization. Having seen first hand the benefits of loved ones working alongside patients during recovery, I know it is a clinical imperative. It’s my hope that this new facility will ease their burden a bit so they can focus on healing their loved ones. »

The generous grant is a direct extension of Blank’s belief that patients can live more fulfilling lives when their hearts and minds are supported alongside their illnesses and injuries. Family involvement and participation is an integral part of this equation.

For more than two decades, the Blank Family Foundation has supported Shepherd’s donor-funded programs, such as recreation therapy, which are essential to Shepherd’s cutting-edge patient outcomes. From airport navigation and scuba diving and water sports to gardening, music, art and self-advocacy learning, Shepherd offers the most comprehensive recreation therapy program in the country, enabling patients to fully embrace life and re-engage with their communities upon graduation. .

This grant extends The Blank Family Foundation’s support to Atlanta institutions, including Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Spelman CollegeAtlanta Humane Society, National Center for Civil and Human Rights, and Atlanta BeltLine, among others.

“Throughout Shepherd’s more than 46 years of experience, we have consistently witnessed the integration of families into the rehabilitation process,” said Sarah Morrison, PT, MBA, MHA, CEO of Shepherd Center. “With the expansion of our housing program, we will reduce the financial and emotional burden on the families of our patients so they can focus on learning how to support their loved ones and each other through rehabilitation. and when they return to their communities.”

Sorted by US News and World Report Among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation, the Shepherd Center specializes in the medical treatment, research and rehabilitation of people with spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, strokes, multiple sclerosis, of spinal and chronic pain and other lifelong neurological conditions. change the injury or diagnosis. Having served more than 35,000 patients to date, the Shepherd Center is one of the few hospitals specializing in neurorehabilitation in the country.


After almost 25 years $900 million by giving, the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation is committed to dramatically accelerating the impact of its philanthropy over the next 10 years.

The Council embarks on a journey of deep learning and strategizing for its new areas of collective giving, which include: youth development, with a focus on workforce development and mobility economic ; Democracy, with a focus on key areas of suffrage and journalism; and Environment, with a focus on key areas of conservation and climate resilience. Through these portfolios, the foundation will seek opportunities to address the growing disconnection crisis in our country. Geographically, much of the work will continue to prioritize Georgia (with particular attention to Atlanta) and Montanawhile taking into account the potential for increased national impact and influence.

In addition to collective giving areas, the foundation will continue to oversee a broad portfolio of founder-led initiatives, including investing in the transformation of from Atlanta Westside neighborhoods, mental health and wellness, veterans and military, and stuttering, among others. The foundation will also continue to guide the seven associate-led giving committees operating in the Blank family of companies.

Mr. Blank, chairman of the foundation, co-founded The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, in 1978 and retired from the company as co-chairman in 2001.

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Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a private non-profit hospital specializing in the medical treatment, research and rehabilitation of people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spinal and chronic pain and other neurological conditions . Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by US News and World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the country. Over its more than four decades, the Shepherd Center has grown from a six-bed rehabilitation unit to a world-renowned 152-bed hospital treating more than 740 inpatients, nearly 280 day program patients and more. of 7,100 outpatients each year in more than 46,000 visits.

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