Community Spotlight: Project MEND - Medical Equipment Reuse in Action
Sep 09, 2013
Making life more available for people with disabilities
The last few weeks as I have been out and about shopping, movies, etc… I have seen more and more individuals using wheelchairs. Many people are uncomfortable around individuals with a physical disability, yet I am moved by courage these individuals show by being active in our community.
On a daily basis, I see how donated wheelchairs, walkers, transfer benches, and other durable medical equipment can enhance a person’s mobility and independence; for example, Mr. Manuel Uriegas recently called to thank Project MEND for helping him with a refurbished electric wheelchair. “Project MEND is truly a blessing. For the first time in almost a year, I could go to church with my family and enjoy my yard. Thank You for all your help.” said Mr. Uriegas. So many lives could be improved or enhanced with just a little help; a wheelchair to enable them to attend a grandchild’s school program or a hospital bed to provide comfort and assist family members keep a loved one at home can make a huge difference.
For more than 20 years, Project MEND, a 501c(3) nonprofit organization, has been providing this assistance to San Antonio and the surrounding communities. Project MEND’s mission is to provide low-income persons with disabilities with refurbished, donated medical equipment and assistive technologies that will enhance their independence, self-sufficiency, and mobility.
Project MEND provides this service by receiving donated medical equipment from the community at large. This equipment is refurbished, sanitized, and processed into inventory. The equipment is then redistributed to eligible clients. This process has a number of benefits including saving equipment from dump sites, keeping unsanitary and potentially bio-hazardous equipment contained and out of the hands of untrained individuals, promoting a green-friendly environment, and providing a cost savings to the community.
2013 is Project MEND’s 20th Anniversary. Since its inception, Project MEND has distributed nearly 5.5 million dollars of medical equipment to those in need. It took 14 years to build capacity to distribute 3 million dollars of equipment but only six years to distribute the next 2.5 million. In 2012, Project MEND served 1,107 clients; benefiting more than 4,200 family members and distributed nearly $400,000 of medical equipment.
To celebrate 20 years of service, we are launching “Toast of the Town” a dinner and auction event. The Murlin Johnson Legacy Award in recognition of Project MEND’s founder, Murlin Johnson, honors a community member that exhibits the values that Murlin infused into the agency: determination, integrity, and service. Project MEND is proud to present the 2013 award to Dennis E. Noll, President and Chief Executive Officer, San Antonio Area Foundation.
Dennis was instrumental in assisting Mr. Johnson expand the agency by instituting pick-up and delivery processes for donated equipment. With that first van, the agency was able to double its impact in the community. We invite you to learn more about Project MEND and attend “Toast of the Town.” Information can be found at www.projectmend.org or by contacting me; Lea Rosenauer, Development Director at (210) 223-6363 ext. 229 or email@example.com
Ms. Walton can best describe results of Project MEND’s services “I appreciate the kindness and generosity of Project MEND. Without your help, life would be less available. Now it is more pleasant.” If you would like to know more about donating used medical equipment, please contact the Project Mend Warehouse at (210) 223-7283 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Project MEND is always seeking opportunities to inform the medical community about our services. Durable Medical Equipment Reuse addresses the needs of the medically vulnerable individuals in our community. If you would like to know more about Project MEND’s services or would like to contribute financially to the continuing operations of Project MEND please contact me.