A Guiding Light for Lippard Lodge: Jim and Lucy Lippard honored for partnership with LSC

To quote an article from Voices in 2015, “It’s probably safe to say that no one in the Piedmont Triad area has done more for those with TBI than Jim and Lucy Lippard.”

In the wake of a life-altering car accident that left their son, Cole, with a traumatic brain injury (TBI), Jim Lippard and his late wife Lucy Lippard, transformed tragedy into a powerful force for change. The Lippards worked tirelessly in partnership with Lutheran Services Carolinas (LSC) to establish Lippard Lodge—a haven for adults living with TBI.

Since 2004 Lippard Lodge, located in Clemmons, NC, has provided compassionate care and support to adults with TBI, empowering them to lead fulfilling lives.

The Lippards were recently honored for their dedication and service to LSC during a Shepherd Society dinner at Trinity Glen. Jim Lippard was all smiles, surrounded by his family and residents of Lippard Lodge.

“I remember meeting Jim 16 or 17 years ago. He was a true advocate for Cole, Lippard Lodge, and the entire brain injury community. I learned quickly, Jim would be a partner for me and LSC,” Myra Griffie, LSC vice president for child and family services, said as she shared the couple’s contributions to LSC. “Jim, you inspire me to do my job, and do it well.”

Although LSC President and CEO Ted Goins was unable to attend the dinner, he sent along a heartfelt message that was shared with the Lippards by LSC Chief Operating Officer Kesha Smith.

“Jim, you and your family have been good friends of Lutheran Services Carolinas, and to me. You have been a guiding light for Lippard Lodge,” Goins wrote. “Your unwavering dedication and countless contributions have truly made a difference for individuals across the Carolinas who have been affected by traumatic or acquired brain injuries. I can’t think of a better way to recognize you than surrounding you with so many people who love and care about you.”

After receiving a standing ovation, Jim Lippard was surprised by LSC teammates with a plaque that will be placed in Lippard Lodge, honoring his family. It features a photo of Jim, Lucy, and Cole and a quote from Jim in 2020 that reads “The best part of this journey has been a dream come true, and the dream come true is Lippard Lodge.”

“I just really appreciate everything that Lutheran Services Carolinas has done,” Jim Lippard said after the presentation while fighting back tears. “I appreciate everybody being here tonight. You all have been wonderful people to me and my family, and I just wish Lucy could be here.”