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Our History

Jodi Wustman was a thriving 19-year-old college student when she suffered a devastating brain injury after being hit by a drunk driver.

Finding no programs to support her after hospitalization, Jodi sank deeper into isolation for lack of contact with peers and mentally stimulating activities, a commonly occurring problem for brain injury survivors.

In 1982, Jodi’s parents got together with relatives of other adults suffering from brain injuries and began mobilizing resources to create a supportive and stimulating place for their loved ones. By 1994, Jodi House had a permanent location in Santa Barbara.

Jodi House Today

Jodi House is located in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara, situated in a historic, 1875 Victorian farmhouse. Our address is: 625 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 (between Cota and Ortega Streets).

Since its humble beginnings, Jodi House has become a vibrant activity center and the main source of support, referrals and information for the local brain injury community. Jodi House offers an in-person and virtual Day Program and a Caregiver Support Program, both designed to assist brain injury survivors, their families, and caregivers in developing coping strategies for living with the lingering effects of a brain injury through participation in a supportive and accepting community setting.