What is PossAbilities?
PossAbilities is a FREE community outreach program developed by the Loma Linda University Health. Its goal is to offer disabled individuals who were born with or have suffered a permanent physical injury a sense of community and a healthy social network. Our mission is to provide new direction and hope through physical, social, and educational interaction with peers and their community. This free membership program is tailored to persons with physical disabilities such as limb amputation, stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, and others.
The PossAbilities program was originally developed in 2000 in response to the need for the continuum of care for our patients and their families after a lengthy hospital stay or a traumatic accident. Through feedback and direction from health care professionals and community members the program quickly evolved into an all-inclusive program for the disabled. As the program and its mission continued to grow PossAbilities has gained the support of administrators, faculty, staff, the student body within the Loma Linda University system and the surrounding community.
To further the healing ministry of Jesus Christ by helping the disabled community be fully integrated into society. Our program accomplishes this through advocacy, mentoring, providing peer support and resources, and creating opportunities through physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual and social interaction. PossAbilities celebrates the value of each individual regardless of their limitations and supports their role as a valued member of the community.
The vision of PossAbilities is to provide all individuals with disabilities the opportunity to discover the boundless ways to find joy and satisfaction in a meaningful life. We feel strongly that every individual has the opportunity to make their community a better place. Leadership comes from the disabled and the able-bodied alike, working together to enable and empower one another. By making our own community stronger, we lead by example to share our vision nationwide.
PossAbilities shares the values of Loma Linda University Medical Center East Campus by innovating excellence in Christ-centered health care through community outreach and support.
Stay Active and Have Fun!
Join Us. You will have many opportunities to get active, get healthy, and make new friends. There are wheelchair sports, social and recreational activities, support groups, and more. Get a discounted gym membership and take advantage of adaptive workout equipment, or check out our calendar of events and programs.
Belong. We want you to feel connected. Whether you received care at Loma Linda University Medical Center or heard about us later, you can be a part of PossAbilities. Our goal is to provide you the opportunities and tools you need to succeed and feel good about yourself.
Mentors Needed. Many persons with disabilities are looking for encouragement, emotional support, and a frank but positive view from someone who has been there. Participate in the peer support program by volunteering a few hours of your time to reach out to someone who needs it the most.
Benefits of Membership:
- Quarterly “PossAbilities & You” newsletter
- Social and recreational activities
- Peer mentoring
- Wheelchair sports
- Support groups
- Discounted membership to the Drayson Center with adaptive equipment (small fee) includes:
- Weight and cardio rooms (adaptive equipment available)
- Indoor ¼-mile running track
- Outdoor ½-mile dirt track
- Tennis, and indoor racquetball and basketball courts
- Floor and water aerobics
- Martial arts
- Outdoor heated pools (accessible by automatic lift) and jacuzzi
- TV lounge
- Snack shop
- Ping pong tables
- Personal trainers
- Massage therapy
- Friendly and caring staff
- Discount prescription program
- On-campus cafeteria and snack shop discounts
- Grant and scholarship opportunities