With sadness, I regret informing everyone that we are reducing our service capacity effective July 1st and for an undetermined length of time. The state of Massachusetts is behind this budget-making season and the state’s fiscal year ends June 30th. Our funder, the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, can only commit to a 6-month contract and at a significantly reduced amount from last fiscal year. The net result is an 80% reduction in REquipment’s funding. As you… Effective Immediately — REquipment’s Budget is Cut 80%Read Effective Immediately — REquipment’s Budget is Cut 80%
It’s been almost four weeks since we last delivered DME due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. I’m writing to report that as of yesterday we are again making deliveries from our Worcester location. We are not yet accepting many donations, but we are making progress toward providing more services. Here’s how this is rolling out: REquipment is an “essential service” – Yay! Recently the state determined REquipment provides an “essential service” and can, therefore, remain… REquipment’s Covid-19 Update – Good News!Read REquipment’s Covid-19 Update – Good News!
In the nursing home, no one thought he could talk. He did it so rarely. A proud African-American father of two school-aged children, “Andre” was in his late 30s when he experienced a series of strokes that resulted in partial paralysis to his left side. He spent two years in a substandard nursing home, leaving bed rarely, silent with resignation. Three months ago, MRC’s Acquired Brain Injury program moved Andre to residential living. Funds available… DME Is DignityRead DME Is Dignity
Recently Dan Perkins, REquipment Donations Coordinator, made a follow-up call to Kelly McDermott, a physical therapist with the Boston Public Schools. Kelly had received a tilt-in-space pediatric wheelchair from REquipment and Dan called to hear how it was going and help troubleshoot any problems or concerns. Kelly has helped many families acquire the equipment their children need through our program, but Dan soon heard this case was special. They decided it was a story to… Our Big Difference for a Remarkable Little BoyRead Our Big Difference for a Remarkable Little Boy
Folks- I’m writing to let you know that while it’s going to be a while before we can take your donations or deliver your equipment, REquipment is not closed. We are working to get through this period of uncertainty, mindful of how important our services are to individuals and families who need us. Here’s what’s happening: Currently, we are not able to take donations or make deliveries because we do not have access to our… REquipment and Coronavirus SafetyRead REquipment and Coronavirus Safety
Last week, 130 employees of Dalkia Solutions ended their regional training with a team bonding event that will make a big difference for the REquipment program inventory. Thirteen groups of ten assembled new manual wheelchairs from boxes of component parts. They then held a relay race, maneuvering the chairs through an obstacle course egged on by cheers and popular music. The winners won bragging rights. The chairs were donated to REquipment. Needless to say, I… Team Bonding with Dalkia SolutionsRead Team Bonding with Dalkia Solutions
REquipment Durable Medical Equipment Reuse Program, Inc. has two positions open. A full-time Site Coordinator/Technician at the Canton Reuse Partner site and a part-time Technician/Cleaner at the Worcester Reuse Partner site. The Canton Site Coordinator position is 37.5 hours per week. $18/hour. Accrued vacation and sick time. No health benefits. For more information go to the Canton posting on ZipRecruiter. The Worcester Technician/Cleaner is 24 hours per week. $15/hr. Accrued prorated vacation and sick time.… Position Openings at REquipment DME Reuse!Read Position Openings at REquipment DME Reuse!
High school students are learning about more than electronics in Rochester. Last February, REquipment was contacted by Dan Brush, an electronics engineering instructor at the Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical School in Rochester, MA. Dan was reaching out because his students had just repaired a donated scooter. He was looking for help finding it a new home and sharing the cost of repairs. I was excited to learn of high school students eager to fix… Hands-on Service Learning with REquipment!Read Hands-on Service Learning with REquipment!
REquipment is delighted to announce the release of our latest promotional video: REquipment Changes Lives. The video was shot and produced by high school film student Atticus Phinney-Anderson to help get out the word about the importance of durable medical equipment reuse. Thank you, Atticus for a wonderful job! Many thanks as well to JoJo who generously shares his story as a REquipment power wheelchair recipient and also to Joe Tringali, Stavros CIL Program Director,… New Video! REquipment Changes LivesRead New Video! REquipment Changes Lives
Readers! Thank you for sharing with us how REquipment improves your quality of life and health. Recently we received a letter from Paul Provencher that taught us something new. “I am at the hospital sometimes 5 days a week for dialysis and doctors appointments,” Paul writes. “Before receiving the wheelchair, my wife would have to park, get out and hopefully find a wheelchair, nevermind one that works. Not to mention when was the last time… A Wheelchair for Dialysis?Read A Wheelchair for Dialysis?