REquipment was pleased last month to make a big difference in the day-to-day mobility of Roxanne Haecker. Roxanne is the Director of Education and Workforce Development at Roxbury Tenants of Harvard. She called us in March, explaining she has a spinal cord injury, and that she’s in need of a power wheelchair to get back and forth to work. Accustomed to using a manual chair, Roxanne was lately finding it was more and more difficult… Roxanne Haecker Finds Power with REquipmentRead Roxanne Haecker Finds Power with REquipment
Do you love the REquipment mission? Are you interested in helping us expand our reuse program and steer our vision? Perhaps you’ve benefitted from REquipment in the past? If the answer is yes, then please consider applying for REquipment DME and AT Reuse Program’s Board of Directors! As a new non-profit, we are looking for people with a strong desire to advance our mission of durable medical equipment and assistive technology reuse. We are particularly… Join the REQUIPMENT, Inc. Board of Directors!Read Join the REQUIPMENT, Inc. Board of Directors!
Join us on Saturday, May 20th from 9 – 2 pm at 100 Laurel Street in East Bridgewater REquipment is holding its first equipment donation drive serving the Bridgewater area. The drive is co-sponsored by Independence Associates, Old Colony Elder Services, Easter Seals and School on Wheels Massachusetts. It is the first in a series of drives to be held across the state; gently-used durable medical equipment (DME), as well as new school supplies, will… Save the Date! REquipment’s Bridgewater Community Donation Drive is May 20thRead Save the Date! REquipment’s Bridgewater Community Donation Drive is May 20th
If you live in Arlington check out your basement, garage and closets to see if you have anything to donate for Super Recycle and Waste Diversion Day! The Town of Arlington is holding this annual spring event on Saturday, May 13th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 51 Grove Street, Arlington (enter from Massachusetts Avenue). Items accepted for reuse include bicycles, used toys, children’s clothing and books. REquipment will be collecting gently-used medical equipment… REQUIPMENT Comes to Arlington May 13th!Read REQUIPMENT Comes to Arlington May 13th!
On April 12th, REquipment had the privilege of attending an assistive technology (AT) symposium held by the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) in its southeast region. The event attracted 250 individuals including DDS staff, AT vendors, and other professionals who came to hear people with disabilities and their AT specialists talk about the positive impact assistive technology has had on their lives. This was a wonderful opportunity for REquipment to inform and update DME users… REquipment Reaches Out at DDS Assistive Technology SymposiumRead REquipment Reaches Out at DDS Assistive Technology Symposium
REquipment is suffering from success. Since September we’ve given away over 70 refurbished power wheelchairs, the most expensive items in our inventory. New, these powerchairs range from $5,000 (basic models) to $45,000 (custom configurations). As you can imagine, giving away equipment this expensive makes a remarkable difference in the lives of people who request it. The challenge now is to keep pace with device donations and demand. Our staff spends most of their time evaluating,… Make a Powerful Donation–Sponsor a Battery!Read Make a Powerful Donation–Sponsor a Battery!
Our March 3rd interview with Senator Harriette Chandler is now available for viewing. Unfortunately, captions are not yet available (we are requesting this of WCCA). To read about our Beacon Hill Chat interview visit this REquipment blog post. For the video, click the image below.Read REquipment’s Beacon Hill Chat Now Available
Pay It Forward is a great way to think about DME reuse. Rather than paying someone back who helps us, we “pay it forward” to the next person in need. At REquipment, we help community members “pay it forward” all the time. Someone pays it forward with the donation of durable medical equipment (DME) so we can refurbish it for someone else. From there the cycle keeps going, gaining momentum, and hopefully gathering up more… Pay It Forward!Read Pay It Forward!
Yesterday was Independent Living Education Day at the State House. The event is a great opportunity to educate lawmakers on the challenges persons with disabilities face and the role REquipment plays to support their community living. Below is my testimony: Crossing a Boston street, a woman using a power-assist manual wheelchair broke her front caster on the trolley track. Her DME company said it would take 2 weeks to get the part and fix it.… REquipment Attends Independent Living Education DayRead REquipment Attends Independent Living Education Day
On March 3rd, Senator Harriette Chandler invited our durable medical reuse program to her community access TV show Beacon Hill Chat. Sen. Chandler learned about us at a recent legislative forum hosted by Easter Seals, the Center for Living and Working and Elder Services of Worcester. She clearly loved the program’s mission and wanted to assist us with spreading the word among her constituents in Central Massachusetts. We were delighted! Senator Chandler expected to interview… Beacon Hill Chat Spotlights REquipment!Read Beacon Hill Chat Spotlights REquipment!