Project MEND - A Special Place for Used Medical Equipment
NEXMOV is proud to partner with this wonderful organization. We go to great lengths to share Project MEND’s mission as it helps so many in need. Last month, one of our clients donated an “almost” new Jazzy motorized chair to Project MEND. Victor Castillo, Project MEND’s Warehouse Manager, and Biomedical Equipment Technician said “The family was in tears when they first saw the chair they were presented. It is these moments that makes our jobs so rewarding.”
I personally had the pleasure of touring Project MEND’s warehouse and workshop a few weeks ago. You quickly see and feel the dedication and love this organization has and offers to so many in need. Cathy Valdez, Project MEND’s Executive Director, said Project MEND was celebrating 20 years of services to low-income people with disabilities of all ages; for the last five years, this has also included Veterans, their surviving spouses, and dependents.
While walking through their warehouse, I saw neatly organized aisles stacked high with electric hospital beds, wheelchairs, power chairs, bedside commodes, walkers, crutches, canes and adult diapers. In an area off to the side, there was only one worker and he was very busy with the repair of a wheelchair. There were at least a hundred pieces of equipment waiting to be examined, sanitized and repaired. With their small staff, it was explained to me, Project MEND relies on volunteers to help them keep up with the workload and they are in desperate need of more assistance.
They also provide financial assistance to eligible clients to help them pay for assistive technologies, including the specialized or fitted devices necessary to perform the simple activities of daily living, and that are medically necessary for rehabilitation and recovery.
I want to thank Cathy Valdez, Executive Director, for the tour and the information shared by the organization. To volunteer, drop off equipment, or schedule a pick-up, call 210.223.7283, or visit their website at http://www.projectmend.org/
Laurie Broesche, Owner, NEXMOV.