Friends of Disabled Adults and Children provides about $10 million annually in durable equipment, such as wheelchairs, walkers and medical scooters, as well as home and vehicle modifications, to people with injuries and disabilities in order to help them regain mobility.
President of the organization, Chris Brand, said the nonprofit began 27 years ago through a local church outreach program.
“Our founding members, who attended Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Stone Mountain, noticed that many residents who could be mobile were stuck at their homes because of equipment problems,” he said. “So, they decided to start a local collection of materials through the church.”
After growing into a nonprofit that collected government grants and funds, the organization can now help those who are disabled all across Georgia and beyond.
“In the past few years, we’ve also been able to help areas that have been hit hard by disasters such as Oklahoma after the tornados and New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina,” Brand said. One of the organization’s biggest partnerships is Grady Hospital in Atlanta.
“Because many patients visiting Grady with a debilitating accident have little or no insurance, they may find securing the equipment necessary for discharge is an unanticipated expense, or their insurance simply doesn’t cover it,” said Lizbeth Dison, spokeswoman for the nonprofit.
Through the program, she said, Grady can provide gently-used mobility devices to those who need it the most.
It was this partnership that led to the nonprofit being recognized for its achievements.
“We have had a great relationship with Grady Hospital over the years and it is an honor to be recognized as a provider for the disabled and their caregivers in Fulton and DeKalb counties,” Brand said.
In the future, Brand said he would like to expand the organization to include more pick-up routes for donated equipment.
Donations of walkers, canes and crutches can be donated to the organization at its headquarters at 4900 Lewis Road in Stone Mountain.