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Operation PAVE: Providing Vocational and Employment Help for Our Heroes

Paving Access for Veterans Employment (PAVE)

The theme of Operation PAVE is “Changing Lives, Building Futures One Veteran at a Time”. It is a unique public-private partnership with Paralyzed Veterans of America and the private sector to find meaningful employment for wounded veterans.

PAVE provides one-on-one vocational assistance and support to all veterans and their families, as well as assistance to employers committed to hiring veterans. Working with government and business leaders throughout the country, PAVE counselors work with rehabilitation teams to help newly injured veterans get back into society.

Operation PAVE Video

Partners for Life

Professional PAVE counselors engage many of their clients for the first time at the hospital bedside – long before they are thinking about economic self-sufficiency and finding employment. Working from offices in the VA Medical Centers, the counselors become involved with every detail of the veteran’s progression — from the time they return home to long after they have finished rehab and left the hospital. They often use the term “partners for life”. Counselors find the injured veterans jobs, internships, volunteer positions and training opportunities. They also help veterans to understand and apply for all of the benefits they are entitled to through the Veterans Administration.

Those of us at MobilityWorks who serve our veterans with mobility consultations and equipment installation are truly blessed to meet these wonderful individuals who risked their lives for our freedom. Visit our Veterans Assistance page for additional information about adaptive equipment grants and contact information for local VA offices.

For Employers

If you have any information about vocational training, internships or job openings for veterans who may have some physical or mental challenges as a result of their service, please call Operation PAVE at 1-800-424-8200 or write to Joan Haskins at joanh@pva.org. Operation PAVE is funded entirely through private donations and provided free of charge to veterans and employers.

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MobilityWorks Now Serving Central and Northern California with Nor-Cal Mobility

Sacramento, San Francisco, Fresno and Chico added to locations
The addition of Nor-Cal’s four locations brings the total number of MobilityWorks California showrooms to seven. Our Van Nuys and Pasadena locations serve the Los Angeles County, Ventura County and Orange County areas to the south.

It was less than a year ago that we were announcing our expansion into southeastern states with the merger of HDS Vans and MobilityWorks. This past week we made another big announcement with the acquisition of Nor-Cal Mobility in the state of California.

Nor-Cal has four locations, including: Burlingame; Chico; Fresno; and Sacramento. Burlingame is only minutes away from the San Francisco International airport, Chico is in northern California, Fresno is in the central area of the state, and Sacramento is northeast of Oakland. All four will complement our existing Santa Clara showroom and rental center in the south bay area near San Jose.

We are very excited about the prospects of serving clients in these new areas and with welcoming the Nor-Cal Mobility Staff to our expanding family. This growth is evidence of MobilityWorks’ commitment to provide the disabled community with quality products and solutions.

“The success of the company is due to hiring good people that can help our clients with making the right decision” said Bill Koeblitz, MobilityWorks President/CEO.

“In our business, you have to take a special interest in really getting to know people on a very personal level,” added Mr. Koeblitz. “We’re always concerned with matching the vehicle or lift to their personal travel needs.” All of the MobilityWorks locations feature new and used wheelchair vans for sale, representing BraunAbility and VMI minivan conversions. Consumer and commercial van customers can also get NMEDA QAP certified repair and maintenance service with a 24/7 emergency helpline. If any current Nor-Cal Mobility clients have a specific concern or situation they would like to discuss with our executive team, please contact us at ask@mobilityworks.com.

MobilityWorks & Nor-Cal Mobility Showrooms

Chico
1300 Nord Ave.
Chico, CA 95926

Fresno
120 N. Diamond Street,
Fresno, CA 93701

Pasadena
325 N. Altadena Drive
Pasadena CA 91107

Sacramento
3127 Fite Circle, Suite B
Sacramento, CA 95827

San Francisco
890 Cowan Road, Suite B
Burlingame, CA 94010

San Jose
1245 Laurelwood Rd.
Santa Clara, CA 95054

Van Nuys
7720 Sepulveda Blvd
Van Nuys, CA 91405-1018

NOTE: Nor-Cal Vans, a sister company that converts full-size vans for commercial use, is not part of the acquisition. The conversion van company will continue to be operated by owner/operator Ken Karasinski.

Safety Tips for Winter Driving

tips for winter driving in the snow and being safe

Be Safe! Take it Slow on Ice-Covered Roadways

As we approach the winter driving season, your friends at MobilityWorks would like to remind you of some safety tips:

  1. Make sure that your car is in top working condition. Check your brakes, wipers, defroster, heater, and exhaust system. 
  2. Check your tires. You should have good tread depth on all season or winter tires. Also, check the tire pressure regularly.
  3. Keep your gas tank at least half full. This will allow you to have enough gas for any disruptions. It will also add extra weight that may be helpful for rear wheel drive vehicles.
  4. Keep your lights on to maximize your visibility.
  5. Slow down. Make sure to leave plenty of room between you and the car ahead of you. Accelerate and decelerate slowly.
  6. Don’t use cruise control on a slippery surface. Under slick conditions you should be in complete control of your vehicle.
  7. Pay attention to weather reports. If you are taking a trip, know what road conditions that you may be facing, allowing you to adjust your schedule if necessary.
  8. Be careful on bridges, overpasses, and infrequently travelled roads. These areas will be the first to freeze. Also, when making turns or going around bends, do not overturn your steering wheel.
  9. If you go into a skid, don’t panic. The chances of getting into an accident are greatly reduced if you can control your vehicle in a skid.
  10. As the days are shorter, be careful of drowsiness while you are driving. If you are tired and not alert, pull off to a safe area and rest.

Your friends at MobilityWorks want you to arrive at your destination safely, and we hope these tips help. Please call us at 1-877-275-4930 or visit us at www.mobilityworks.com if you have any questions. Please let us know what you think of these tips!

MobilityWorks of Atlanta Becomes Donation Site for Friends of Disabled Adults and Children

Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) is a non-profit organization providing over $10 million annually in refurbished home medical equipment and supplies to the disabled community. They recently announced a partnership with local beverage distributor Eagle Rock Distributing Company to utilize Eagle Rock’s delivery trucks to pick up and deliver donated items.

Donated equipment is a key part of the FODAC program to help improve the quality of life for thousands of individuals. FODAC is a statewide and national provider of home health care equipment — mobility aids and daily living devices for people with disabilities and the newly injured. The donations include wheelchairs, walkers and other used home medical equipment that people need to be mobile and independent.

“The opportunity to utilize our location in helping FODAC is great,” said David Guillory, General Manager at the MobilityWorks of Atlanta store. “Having wheelchairs and other used medical equipment being dropped off here helps the community and brings more awareness to accessibility issues. We’re happy to be helping their mission.”

Atlanta Georgia MobilityWorks is a drop off location for FODAC
Workers load home medical equipment donations destined for FODAC and those in need of mobility equipment. Photo courtesy of Lizbeth Dison.

Eagle Rock drivers working the route between the company’s Dalton office and the Stone Mountain office will stop at MobilityWorks (located in Marietta, GA) and pick up donations to deliver to FODAC’s warehouse in Stone Mountain. Their truck routes cover the entire Atlanta metro area and will often have partial loads.

“We are pleased to partner with Eagle Rock to support the companies, like Mobility Works, who have offered to be donation sites for used HME,” stated Chris Brand, president of FODAC. “We hope that the success of this program will inspire other companies to offer their truck routes so that we can extend the reach of our donation sites.”

Editor’s note: This story originated from the Stone Mountain-Lithonia Patch, written by Lizbeth Dison. Used with permission.

Grey’s Anatomy Conveys Public Service Announcement for the Amputee Coalition

Kudos to Grey’s Anatomy in providing a recent public service announcement for the Amputee Coalition and for bringing awareness to the rehabilitation process that amputee’s experience. The emotions, courage and eventual triumph that Doctor Arizona Robbins depicted in her recovery was an inspirational message to their more than 11 million regular viewers.

In this year’s story line of the award winning drama series, Doctor Robbins returns after having been in a plane crash with several other doctors. Robbins loses her leg in the crash and then struggles emotionally with her loss. After a season-long journey of recovery, including being fitted with a prosthesis and physical therapy staff, Robbins makes her way back to performing  surgery (now with a prosthetic leg). In writing and filming the series, the writers went to the Amputee Coalition for advice in making the script as realistic as possible. 

Grey's Anatomy star provides a public service announcement
Shown above is actress Jessica Capshaw (Doctor Arizona Robbins) providing a public service announcement on limb loss and the Amputee Coalition.

“This is the first time on national television that viewers will be shown the arduous journey following amputation,” said Kendra Calhoun, President & CEO of the Amputee Coalition.  According the coalition website, they worked with Grey’s Anatomy to provide insight into limb loss and the journey to recovery and readjustment. Now in its 9th season, the popular ABC drama has been nominated for 25 prime time Emmy awards.

Part of the Amputee Coalition’s mission is to promote limb loss prevention. To learn more about the organization and how you can help, visit //amputee-coalition.org and the Limb Loss Center for more information.