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Gobble up our Thanksgiving Wishes and Project MEND news!
Project MEND

November, 2016

Gobble up some Thanksgiving Wishes and News from Project MEND!

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Thanksgiving News & Updates
Project MEND is committed to improving the quality of life for individuals living with disabilities and illness through the refurbishment, reuse and distribution of medical equipment and other assistive technology.
Project MEND
Upcoming Events

Project MEND is the recipient of the 2017 Amigo Award, an honor bestowed upon a nonprofit agency in SanAntonio that enhances the quality of life and strives to keep individuals in their homes, by the Alamo Area Home Care Council (AAHCC).  Please join us at the Annual Christmas Gala & Fundraiser on December 2, 2016, 11 AM - 3 PM at the Oak Hills Country Club.  
This Gala kicks off a year of fundraising for Project MEND. Purchase tickets here:    
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Project MEND Collaborates

Without collaboration with other community partners, our work would be more difficult and fewer individuals living with disability and illness would receive the medical equipment they need to experience mobility, independence and improved quality of life.

Goodwill Industries

Goodwill Industries operates over 30 donation stations in the greater San Antonio area. Because Goodwill understands that donations of medical equipment require professional sanitization, and they understand that because Texas regulates the reuse of medical equipment and requires that it be inspected for safety, all donations of medical equipment that are dropped off at any of their locations are subsequently provided to Project MEND; where they are processed, refurbished and sanitized in accordance with the strict State of Texas health code.
TEXAS Paralyzed Veterans of America

Texas PVA, located in Houston, has partnered with Project MEND to accept donations at their Houston facility on our behalf. Once they have collected a variety of pieces of needed medical equipment, our Board Vice Chair, Dexter Moon, Log-Con LLC arranges for transport space through his transportation and logistics company. Companies who donate unfilled space on trucks that are crossing the country provide a great service to Project MEND. We are able to accept valuable and much needed donations of medical equipment from other parts of the country, that would otherwise end up in landfills, and issue it out to veterans and other individuals who are living with disability or illness.    
The HUBSCRUB to be Resurrected

HUGE thank you to the San Antonio Junior Forum! Representatives from the SA Junior Forum came out to tour our warehouse and present Project MEND with a check in the amount of $2300.00 for the refurbishment of our sanitization machine, the HUBSCRUB. The HUBSCRUB has been slowly dying for the last year, and was in desperate need of refurbishment to extend it's life. Thankfully, SA Junior Forum saw the value in our request for a grant to fund the refurbishment of this much needed machine. A dedicated group of volunteers and staff have been sanitizing all medical equipment donations by hand since early Summer. The refurbishment will take 3 weeks, and once returned to us, our efficiency in sanitizing large donations will improve. Thank you to this wonderful organization and to the work they o to improve the community we live in.
We are in need of a second HUBSCRUB.  If you are interested in contributing toward the purchase of a UV HUBSCRUB please contact
 Academy at Morgan's Wonderland
This week marked the first day of our collaborative partnership with The Academy at Morgan's Wonderland. Project MEND is proud to host the first day of our Job-training partnership with the students from The Academy.   Over the next several months, Project MEND will provide work training for these 3 students from the Academy. We look forward to providing this work training opportunity to these fantastic students, and to many more in the years to come! 
Veteran's Viola: 

Our 2nd Annual Veterans at Viola's event on November 10th, was successful in celebrating Veterans and their service to our country. Project MEND honored VFW Post 837, Commander Krystal Nerio and presented her with the Community Partnership Award for their ongoing financial support and their  role in spreading the word about the Project MEND Veterans Program.
Cathy Valdez, ED presents Commander Nerio with with the Community Partnership Award.

Veterans Day cake
The Veteran's Day Cake.

 Guests and Veterans contribute to Project MEND's programs by supporting our wine pull. 
Client Story: Martin 
Martin is a 54-year-old man who has had multiple complications due to diabetes. One of his greatest challenges has been the loss of both of his legs.  While Martin has received prosthesis he is still not comfortable with walking. He has a long road of physical therapy ahead of him to learn how to best use his prosthesis.
Martin's doctors thought it best that he get a wheelchair while he is in the process of learning to use his new "legs". While Martin's insurance was not able to cover the wheelchair, Project MEND was able to step in and get him a wheelchair. Martin is very thankful for the help Project MEND has provided him and doesn't know where he would be without the wheelchair he has received.

UTSA Community Health Intern: 
Rena Sanchez      

Rena with the Delta Alpha Pi honors award. 
I am Rena, a 45 year UTSA university Community Health Intern. On August 26, 2016, I started my internship with Project MEND. During my internship with Project MEND I was able to participate in the Toast of the Town Annual Fund raising event, the Assistive Technology Demonstration Day, Botanical Gardens Scarecrow "Mendi" entry, West End Park Block Bond Outreach event, and Veterans at Viola's Ventanas' event,  all of which spread the word about medical equipment or AT programs or honored Veterans for their service to  our country. This organization hosts many different events during the year to raise community and public awareness  about much needed services.  Had I not been an intern,  I would not have known about this nonprofits contribution to the community.   During my time with the Project MEND staff, I have learned a great many new strategies that will help me with my future career and endeavors. One of the most important would be that all of the staff work fluently as a team with sincerity and dedication toward one primary objective to assist every individual living with a disability or illness meet their needs through mobility or assistive technology. I have enjoyed working for Project MEND it is hard to believe my time is coming to an end here and a new journey is about to start. Completing my internship here has shown me what qualities and values are essential to my ongoing growth. After my internship is completed I would like to continue volunteering my time with this great organization.

Helping Others with Your Medical Equipment Donation

Donate your used Home medical Equipment to Project MEND to bring Joy to another during their time of need.
Drop off equipment donations at any Goodwill Facility or at The Project MEND Warehouse at 1201 Austin St., San Antonio, TX 78208

Phone: 210-223-7283
Fax: 210-223-6441  

* Manual Wheelchairs             * Bedside Commodes               * Rolling Walkers
* Scooters                                * Shower Chairs                       * Walkers with seats 
* Electric Wheelchairs             * Adult Diapers / Blue Pads      * Hospital Beds  
* Quad Canes                          
* Transfer Benches                  * Trapeze Bars / Hoyer Lifts   

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Project MEND, 5727 IH 10 West, San Antonio, TX 78201


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