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Welcome Dan Perkins, REquipment’s New Donations Coordinator!

05/18/2018

Dan Perkins is joining the REquipment team and we couldn’t be more delighted! His skills, experience, and, frankly, sense of humor make him a remarkable fit for our Durable Medical Equipment (DME) reuse program. Clearly, he has plotted each of his life’s undertakings as stepping stones to our doorstep and this position… Dan has thirteen years experience working in the DME and Assistive Technology field. Prior to REquipment, Dan worked as a retail manager with… Welcome Dan Perkins, REquipment’s New Donations Coordinator!

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Announcing a Donation Drop-off Site in Salem!

05/15/2018

REquipment is thrilled to announce a donation drop-off site in Salem. No longer will people need to drive their gently-used durable medical equipment (DME) to Canton or wait 3-4 weeks for our van to pick up DME from their homes. Drop-offs at the Independent Living Center of the North Shore and Cape Ann (ILCNSCA) can be arranged in a matter of days. Lisa Orgettas, ILCNSCA Executive Director says, “We are thrilled to be able to… Announcing a Donation Drop-off Site in Salem!

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Upcoming REquipment Donation Drives–Drop Off Your DME!

05/11/2018

Hey folks! Are you spring cleaning? If so, look and see if you have durable medical equipment (DME) that you’re no longer using. REquipment is holding two DME Donation Drives in June and we want to see you there! WORCESTER: June 2nd, 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at our Worcester Reuse Partner site, 324 Clark Street, Worcester. CAMBRIDGE: June 16th, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cambridge facility, 1575 Cambridge… Upcoming REquipment Donation Drives–Drop Off Your DME!

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What Do Earth Day and REquipment Have in Common?

04/10/2018

First held on April 22, 1970, Earth Day is an annual event celebrating environmental awareness and stewardship. Many organizations recognize Earth Day by picking up trash on the roadside, cleaning up vacant lots, cleaning the banks of lakes and rivers, or making sure that beaches and parks are free from litter and debris. This year there’s another way to honor Earth Day: bring your gently-used, no-longer-needed durable medical equipment (DME) to a donation drive in… What Do Earth Day and REquipment Have in Common?

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REquipment Celebrates Its 5 Year Anniversary

04/06/2018

The REquipment Durable Medical Equipment Reuse Program is five years old this month! The reuse program received its first grant from the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation in April of 2013 to pilot DME reuse in the Greater Boston area. The Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission administered the grant, and the pilot was successful in identifying the need for a DME Reuse Program not only in the Greater Boston area but also across the state. In… REquipment Celebrates Its 5 Year Anniversary

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Do You Have a Backup Wheelchair?

03/19/2018

This week Jen Baker, our program director, received a call from a woman on the North Shore. The woman was looking for a power wheelchair and said she needed it right away.  She had gone out to dinner with a friend the night before and while in the restaurant had turned off the power to her wheelchair. Getting ready to leave, she toggled it back on but to her surprise, no power! Needless to say,… Do You Have a Backup Wheelchair?

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Collaboration Equals Success!

03/05/2018

Jen Baker, REquipment Program Director, and I were talking the other day about how collaborating with other programs makes it possible for us to assist more people with disabilities and seniors to have a better quality of life. Two examples come to mind. The first connects resources within MassMATCH, our State AT Program run by the Mass Rehab Commission. REquipment is a MassMATCH service provider for reuse durable medical equipment, but MassMATCH has other services… Collaboration Equals Success!

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With Growing Demand, It’s Time to Expand!

02/14/2018

REquipment seeks an additional $360,000 in the Massachusetts State Budget for FY19. Here’s why… What we do is the most logical thing in the world. REquipment DME Reuse Program keeps valuable durable medical equipment (DME) out of landfills and in the hands of neighbors who need it. Since the program first began in 2014, over 2,100 pieces of gently-used DME have been distributed to seniors and people with disabilities statewide (representing significant savings to Medicaid… With Growing Demand, It’s Time to Expand!

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A Fond Farewell and Tribute to Shawn McDuff

01/25/2018

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to former board member and dear friend, Shawn J. McDuff. Shawn died unexpectedly on Dec. 31, 2017. Shawn was a founding board member of the REquipment Durable Medical Equipment Reuse Program, Inc. and served as our treasurer until June 2017.  As a user of DME and long-time Independent living advocate and activist, Shawn was a great fit for our nonprofit, standing by our DME reuse philosophy… A Fond Farewell and Tribute to Shawn McDuff

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Oh, What a Year! REquipment Looks Back at 2017…

12/11/2017

In the fall of 2016, the REquipment Durable Medical Equipment & Assistive Technology Reuse Program, Inc. (REquipment, Inc.) took over the administration of the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission’s DME Reuse Program from The Boston Home.  Oh, what a year it has been!  As a new non-profit, as well as a new state vendor, there was so much to learn in order to do business with the state and meet all applicable laws and regulations.  But was… Oh, What a Year! REquipment Looks Back at 2017…

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