Dick is a former Navy man who was waiting on a new power wheelchair from the V.A. Hospital. Despite being approved for the new chair, Dick needed to wait the six to eight weeks it can sometimes take for the chair to be processed and delivered. In the meantime he had places to go and people he wanted to see. He called Alternatives in Motion to see if we had a power wheelchair he could borrow while he was waiting. Thankfully when our program coordinator, Liz Spieker drove to Detroit to drop off Shirley's new wheelchair, she also picked up a nearly brand new power chair that was donated to us from a local nursing home. The chair worked perfectly for Dick, solving his need for temporary mobility assistance. We are happy to report that Dick received his new power chair and was grateful for the help we provided, even if it was for just a few weeks.
From time to time we receive donations from the recipients we help. These donations are especially meaningful because they demonstrate how important our program is to the people that need our help. On August 28, 2009 we received a donation and this short letter from Dick and his wife:
This small check is meant to let you know how much we appreciate the use of the power wheelchair while we waited for the V.A. to get a new chair for me. I wish that this donation could be more because your service is really great for those that need help!