(WJHL) – Some people think we only have one chance to live well. A group of people in Limestone are changing that way of thinking. The folks at Crumley House have proven that second chances can be just as rewarding.

“We don’t want a person to be stored at home or forgotten, so getting those people out is extremely important,” said Guynn Edwards, executive director of Crumley House.

People with brain damage are given a second chance, thanks to Edwards and the staff at Crumley House in Limestone. In addition to physical, verbal and vocational rehabilitation, clients relearn daily tasks such as counting money and ordering in restaurants.

“So we actually have cognitive classes where we do these things,” Edwards said. “They are learning to balance a checkbook. It is not always about physical rehabilitation, speech or occupation. A lot of it is retraining the brain to do things we used to do. “

Customers enjoy each other’s company and their favorite time together is going out. From the bowling alley to a game of Smokies, their fun is also what leaders call “coming back to the community,” and Edwards says that’s vital.

“I think that a person with a brain injury who has been given a second chance, often family and friends change,” Edwards said. “So just being able to come back to the community, socialize, go to restaurants, go shopping, it’s so important for their rehabilitation.”

Especially during the holidays, Crumley House guests find that buying simple gifts for their family gives them a sense of pride.

“Just the sense of self-worth going to the dollar store, for example, and buying a pair of socks, or a wineglass for their sister or something,” Edwards said. “It doesn’t cost that much. But, so that they can go out into the community, make these purchases on their own, and then give a gift to their family, it means more to them than you will ever know.