As I look back on 2019, it strikes me how much Alternatives in Motion has grown and diversified as an organization. Thanks to an active board, an energetic Executive Director, generous partner businesses and selfless volunteers, we were able to assist more clients. We have planted the seeds in our community to continue our growth in 2020 and we would love to have you join us on that journey.
From client interactions to social events, from new board members to new hires, highlighting only three things that made 2019 special for me was hard to narrow down. However, we started 2019 in the right direction with our new facility. AIM not only added many square feet to our equipment storage, but also added office space, a fitting area and repair space. Our new location is much more inviting to potential clients wanting to see how we might solve their mobility needs and potential partners who want to learn more about us.
My second highlight of the year was our pop-up mobility events. It has long been my vision that we could take our new community van, set up at a facility and assist residents with adjustments, repairs and equipment replacements. These events also provide an opportunity for legacy minded individuals to donate equipment they are no longer using, providing new uses for that equipment to others in our area. We will continue to hold these events and strive to be a great community advocate.
My third highlight of the year would be hiring a program director. Kelsey came to us with occupational therapy background and great ideas, but more importantly with a passion for improving people’s lives through mobility and access to their community. She immediately jumped in and made a difference in the lives of our clients.
There are so many other things I could mention. Our Quality of Life survey has provided us valuable information on the impact of our work. Our first Fowling to Keep Them Rolling event, at The Fowling Warehouse, was well attended and allowed us to meet many new volunteers and partners. The development of our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) committee will allow us to ensure that our organization reflects AIM’s focus on providing mobility for everyone in need. These highlights make me appreciate everything the AIM team has accomplished in 2019.
If you would like to join us as a community partner, committee member or volunteer, please reach out to Coleen, Kelsey or myself. We will welcome your talents to our organization. We are looking forward to a bigger, brighter 2020.
Hugh Randle, Board President, Alternatives in Motion