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News and Notes from Project MEND
Project Mend

October, 2014

News and Notes
  October 2014

What a great fundraising event! 
I sure hope you had the chance to attend the 2014 Toast of the Town on September 12, at the Omni Hotel at the Colonnade.  This year our attendance was nearly 400 friends of Project MEND.  Thanks to you we raised more money, and by all accounts, had more fun than last year!  We had 49 great Silent Auction items including Hot Air Balloon Rides, Spurs Tickets, Sports Memorabilia, Liquor Baskets, Art Work, Jewelry and more.  George B. Hernández, Jr. J.D. President and CEO, University Health System was presented with the Murlin Johnson Legacy Award and the evening was expertly hosted by Ken Slavin.  Guest speakers included Jane Thomas, Board Vice Chair, and Gordon Hartman, CEO, The Gordon Hartman Family Foundation.   


George B. Hernandez, Jr. J.D., President/CEO, University Health System and Cathy Valdez, Executive Director, Project MEND.

Thank you to all our sponsors, and individual donors who made this event a tremendous success and to all our great volunteers, staff and committee members whose hard work resulted in a great deal of fun! 


As we head into the year's end, and as you conclude your giving for 2014, know that we appreciate being a part of your local charitable giving plan. 


Denise E. Bennett

Development Director  



Volunteer Days at the Warehouse 
   November 15, 2014
January 10, 2015
February 14, 2015
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Volunteers are needed to help inventory, clean, and store the equipment. Join us for a day of fun (food and drinks provided), hard work, and accomplishment as we help those in need!
Volunteers should be: 
* 18 years of age 
* Ability to lift/move/set up 15 pounds of materials
* Willingness to get dirty 
To volunteer, please contact: 
Cathy Valdez at (210) 223-6363 or Joe Talamentez at joe.talamentez@projectmend.orgor or call (210) 223-7283.
Save the Date! 
Thursday, December 4, 2014
 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
5727 IH 10 West, Administrative Bldg.
5th Annual Holiday Open House
Enjoy appetizers, drinks, door prizes, and meeting community members and volunteers that provide services and support to seniors, veterans, children and others struggling with illness and disability. 
The Holiday Open House has become a fun and festive Project MEND Tradition.


Jennifer Praeger

Case Management Supervisor

Denise E. Bennett

Development Director


Denise brings over 30 years of experience in project management and development work in the for-profit and non-profit sectors.  Most recently she managed the Bexar County Mental Health Consortium project and a variety of community health programs at The Health Collaborative.  She is eager to build a well funded and diverse development plan for Project MEND.   Denise is a graduate of National Louis University and of the Keller Graduate School of Management and is passionate about the ethical management of people and programs.  She is a native of Chicago and currently resides in Helotes. 


Jennifer is a native of San Antonio and has worked in the non-profit sector for over 16 years.  She is a graduate of Clark High School and has one son.  After doing tax preparation for 14 years, Jennifer followed her passion for client satisfaction and joined the staff of Project MEND to assure that clients and funders are satisfied with their experience.  In her spare time, Jennifer loves to make jewelry. 

Project MEND Out and About in the Community 

Silver Tree Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has partnered with Project MEND to host a DME Drive on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2014 from 8 AM - 1 PM at the Silver Tree Nursing and Rehabilitation Center located at 930 Roy Richard Drive in Schertz, Texas.
Refreshments will be served! 
Equipment Donations That We Can Accept 
  •  Wheelchairs
  • Tub Transfer Benches
  • Tub/Shower Grab Bars
  • Walkers with Seats
  • Canes/Quad Canes
  • Bedside Commodes
  • Rolling Walkers
  • Trapeze Bars/Hoyer Lifts
  • Shower Chairs
  • Adult Diapers/Blue Pads
  • Hospital Beds
  • Scooters

 Please consider stopping by and dropping off your used medical equipment.  We will have plenty of volunteers on site to help load and unload your equipment.  If you have any questions, please contact either Project MEND at 210-223-6363 or Craig Miller at 210-414-6411.

We are proud to thank our Toast of the Town Sponsors!

 AccessAbility Fest 

 Sunday, October 26th from 10 am - 3 pm 

 El Mercado - 514 W. Commerce


Park in UTSA Parking Lots D-1 & D-2 for Accessible Shuttle Service to Event. 


Activities, Award Presentation, Health ScreeningS, Information & Resource Exhibitors, Experts, Face Painting, Balloons, Petting Zoo, Demonstrations, Food, Over 16 Topic Areas, Live Entertainment, Mascots, Costume Contest, Clowns & More!






Injuries from Falling are Increasing
  • Falling is the leading cause of unintentional injury at home among Americans 65 and older. Older people sustain such injuries by stumbling on stairs; slipping in bathtubs; falling off ladders and step stools; and tripping over garden hoses, dog leashes, and household appliance cords. 
  • Consumers 65 and over are increasingly at risk from product-related injuries that occur in or around their homes, especially injuries caused by falling. CPSC estimates product-related injuries and deaths involving those 65 and older cost the United States over $100 billion every year. 
  • 100 drowning deaths in one year among those 65 and older, a disproportionate share. Fires are also a hazard. Cooking fires that cause burns, start house fires, or ignite clothing while older people are cooking are a major hazard for seniors.
  • Each week, more than 30,000 Americans over the age of 65 are seriously injured by falling, and nearly 250 die from their injuries, according to the NSC. Of those who do survive falling, 20-30 % experience debilitating injuries that affect them the rest of their lives. Falling is also the leading cause of injury, and the leading cause of injury-related death, for both men and women 75 and older.
  • Most Fatal Falls Occur at Home...54 percent of all falling-related deaths of older people are caused by seniors falling down at home, and 20 percent of those fatal falls occur in residential institutions. 

Tips to Prevent Falls Around the Home 

In This Issue
Volunteers Needed
Holiday Open House
Get to Know Our Team
Disability Awareness
Prevent Falls
MENDi's Moment
Medical Equipment Drive
Mendi's Moment
Wheelchair Guy


Transformation is coming!  Watch for upcoming articles about how Project MEND transforms a donated, used and somewhat neglected wheelchair into a refurbished, sanitized beauty. 


I am going to take you on a journey that will show you exactly why your donation is so important.  I'm going to show you how a donated wheelchair goes from Scrappy to MENDi. 
Transformation happens at Project MEND... we transform used equipment and once placed into the hands of the person living with a disability or illness, the equipment has the ability to transform lives!
Stay tuned.


Please Donate Used Medical Equipment
Donations of Home Medical Equipment 
is the key to
Project MEND's Services.

Drop off donations at the Project MEND Warehouse
1201 Austin St., 
San Antonio, TX 78208 
Phone: 210-223-7283 
NEEDED equipment
Manual Wheelchairs 
Quad Canes 
Shower Chairs 
Transfer Benches 
Bedside Commodes 
Adult Diapers and 
Blue Pads 
Rolling Walkers 
Home Hospital Beds  
Electric Wheelchairs  
Walkers with seats 
Hoyer Lifts
Portable Ramps
Quick Links
Project MEND Partners

These partners support the Project MEND mission to remove barriers to those living with illness and disability.
Gordon Hartman Family Foundation
Warm Springs Foundation
Greehey Foundation Logo
Silver Eagle Logo

TX Capital Bank Logo

Thank You for your support!


Toast of the Town  
Methodist Healthcare Ministries
Sage Care Management
Helene DePeralta
Senator Carlos Uresti
Akin,Doherty,Klein & Feuge, PC 
Martha Spinks
Barbara Kyse
Larry Tuttle
Cathy Valdez
Tommie B. Wilson & Crystal Zamora
Rolling Inspiration
Texas Capital Bank
Pat Jasso
Central Park Lion's Club
Susan & Erik Koppang
NIX Hospital
Mark Carmona
San Antonio Housing Authority
St. Mary's University
Shawn & Elizabeth Lutz
Karen Williams
South San Antonio Chamber
Prosthetic Foundation
Wayne Wright
Matthew Swantner
Denise Bennett/Irma Lopez
Norton Rose Fulbright & Estrada Hinojosa
Acadian Ambulance Service
Jackson Lujan Eyecare Centers
Cavaretta, Katona & Francis LPPC
Goldsbury Foundation
Broadway Bank
Contact Us
5727 IH 10 West, San Antonio, TX 78201 
voice / 210-223-6363 fax / 210-223-6441
warehouse / 210-223-7283

Project MEND is open from 8am - 5pn Monday - Friday 

The office and warehouse is closed from noon to 1:00 p.m. each day. 


Believing mobility and independence are basic human rights, 
Project MEND empowers individuals to become active members of their communities through the reuse of medical equipment. 


  When a disability and limited economic resources leave a person isolated and dependent, Project MEND responds by helping Veterans and their families obtain the medical equipment needed to recover from life altering experiences.  By addressing the root causes of mobility and independence, Veterans are better prepared to reintegrate into civilian life and participate in family and community activities. 
Veteran's Corner
Check Out These Community Events
San Antonio Veterans Healthcare Strike Force
Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Doubletree Airport
KMM Health Fair
KMM Health Fair at Texas A&M Universal City
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 from 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
AccessAbility Fest 2014 
Sunday, October 26 from 10 am - 3 pm
El Mercado - 514 W. Commerce 

AccessAbility Fest website


SAILS Diamonds & Denim Gala

Friday, October 24 from 6:30 - 9 pm

SA Marriott Rivercenter - 101 Bowie


Regional San Antonio Fire & Safety Fair

Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

315 S. Santa Rosa


Senior Lifestyle Show 2014

October 30, 2014 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Wonderland Mall, Norris Conference Center


Veteran's Day Stand Down

Friday, November 7, 2014 from 9:00 a, - 4:00 pm

American GI Forum

611 N. Flores


Silver Tree/Project MEND DME Drive

Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 8 am - 1 pm.

Silver Tree Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

930 Roy Richard Drive

Schertz, TX 78254  

3rd Annual Hiring Red, White & You! Job Fair

Statewide Hiring Fair - The Alamo Region

November 13, 2014 from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm at Freeman Expo Hall

3201 E. Houston Street



Project MEND is honored to partner with so many business and organizations that work to improve the quality of life for families in San Antonio. If you have information to share please contact Denise Bennett at


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