Center for Head Injury Services

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Center for Head Injury Services
Center for Head Injury Services logo.png
Founded 1986
Type Charitable[1]
Focus Rehabilitation counseling and independent living services for disabled persons
Area served
St. Louis area
Key people
Donna Gunning (Executive Director)[2]

The Center for Head Injury Services is a nonprofit organization in St. Louis, Missouri which serves people who are living with a brain injury or other disability.[3] Among all clients placed in jobs, 89% are still in that job after 3 months.[4] The organization provides community-based programs including therapies, counseling, vocational and employment services, adult day services and social enterprises. One of the organization's social enterprises, Destination Desserts, has received attention for its approach to employment solutions for disabled people.[5][6][7] The Center for Head Injury Services is a 501(c)(3) organization governed by a board of directors and led by an executive director.

In 2011, actor Gary Busey selected the Center for Head Injury Services as his charity while competing on the reality television show Celebrity Apprentice 4.[8][9] Busey, who survived a motorcycle accident in December 1988 that resulted in a severe brain injury,[10] was able to raise $40,000 for the Center for Head Injury Services before being fired in Episode 7.


  1. ^ "Center for Head Injury Services - Accredited Charity". Better Business Bureau. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "Donna L. Gunning, Executive Director". The Center for Head Injury Services. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "Provider Profile - Center for Head Injury Services". CARF International. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  4. ^ company website
  5. ^ DeRose, Rodger (22 July 2014). "People with disabilities still find job market a challenge". The Hill. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  6. ^ Weich, Susan (10 May 2014). "Destination Desserts is a food truck with a purpose". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  7. ^ Van Horn, Carl; Edwards, Tammy; Greene, Todd (2015). Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century (PDF). Atlanta: Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. pp. 535–542. ISBN 978-0-69240-536-9. 
  8. ^ Levitt, Aimee (21 February 2011). "Gary Busey Chooses St. Louis Nonprofit for Celebrity Apprentice Charity". The Riverfront Times. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  9. ^ Lombardo, Delinda (11 February 2011). "Gary Busey To Support Head Injury Center In Celebrity Apprentice". Look to the Stars. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  10. ^ Moran, W. Reed (5 July 2001). "Gary Busey ministers to brain injury community". USA Today. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 

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