Established in 1986 by Ed and the late Annie Butchart, Pals of Disabled Adults and Little ones exists to offer refurbished dwelling healthcare machines to folks of all ages and skills who need it. What started out as a humble charity operating from the Butchart’s house garage has due to the fact developed to turn into the biggest domestic reuse supplier of carefully employed home health care tools in the nation, in accordance to FODAC’s recent president Chris Brand name. FODAC collects utilised HME from the community and companions, refurbishes it and presents it at very little or no price to clientele during the state and past.
“All 50 states have been given one thing by the yrs since ‘86 [as well as] in four territories and 86 nations around the world,” reported Manufacturer, who joined the group in 2001.
FODAC provides products like hospital beds, hoyer lifts, shower seats, pediatric gear, walkers and wheelchairs among the other products to the clientele they serve.
“All the items that a person could have been using or it’s possible they rehabbed and obtained far better, and now they really don’t need to have these factors anymore. Or a little one outgrows a piece of tools and they require a new one particular, but the other one particular was nonetheless in fantastic condition. We would take all of these forms of items and get them in our pipeline, cleanse them, deal with them up, and provide to other people who want them,” Model explained.
FODAC is a green reuse firm, which means that they try to be certain that nothing at all goes to waste.
“We give away factors that we simply cannot use and that’s generally what goes overseas — wound treatment objects, catheters, oxygen connected products,” Brand name described.
They also divert equipment they can’t use to other local community associates or medical center units when possible.
“We attempt to retain it area to start with, but if we just cannot, it’ll go overseas,” he said.
FODAC is primarily based just east of Atlanta in Tucker, Ga, and at the moment provides quite a few internet sites through the point out and the Southeast.
“We’ve been providing to 11 destinations, 10 in Ga and one in South Carolina on a quarterly foundation for likely seven yrs now . . . We have a massive heart for Ga particularly,” he said.
FODAC serves Augusta, Darien, Waycross, Rome, Athens and Oakwood amongst other state locales and has been partnering with Savannah for some time. The nonprofit is gearing up to function a 2nd site in Savannah, which is envisioned to open up in the around future. To raise recognition and funding for the Savannah site, the organization is hosting the FODAC Savannah Music Fest.
Headlining the function is ‘90s rock band Cracker with performances by Stewart and Winfield, Thomas Claxton, Anne-Marie Perry and Social Individuals with the Inglesbys.
“We did our first tunes fest in Atlanta previously this calendar year in February, and it was a definitely superb chance to raise resources and do some thing various. Mainly because we’re shifting into Savannah, we considered this would be a amazing position to have a live performance for recognition and [introducing] who we are to the neighborhood and receiving people today engaged,” Brand name reported.
He encourages neighborhood members to attend the music fest to enjoy terrific music and fantastic moments for a excellent induce.
“It will be a large amount of enjoyable, and even if persons simply cannot make it to that live performance, they could make a donation on the net to aid our effort. We’d adore for folks, even if they simply cannot make it, to sponsor our Savannah rollout,” Brand name remarked.
In addition to attending the tunes fest and donating online, the community can guidance FODAC by volunteering.
“There will be definite volunteer alternatives there as considerably as encouraging us method and triage gear and form it. There will be collection drives that individuals can be a aspect of. . . We appreciate to have volunteers engaged,” he added.
He is excited about the move into Savannah and to proceed doing work with and serving the neighborhood community.
“We’ve been coming to Savannah for some time. We’re not new to comprehending the needs of the group and the associates down there,” mentioned Model. “We’re just acquiring a brick-and-mortar location for the 1st time and that is fantastic.”
The FODAC Savannah Music Fest will choose position September 23 from 5 to 10 p.m. at Coach’s Corner. Visit fodac.org for extra information and facts about the organization and how to get involved.