Sales: 1-877-275-4907 Service: 1-877-275-4912Rentals: 1-877-275-4915

MobilityWorks is Proud to Support Operation Injured Soldiers

Photo from Operation Injured Soldiers: https://www.facebook.com/operationinjuredsoldiers

Founded in 2005, Operation Injured Soldiers is a nonprofit organization in Michigan that provides recreation opportunities to wounded veterans. Their mission is to thank heroes for their sacrifices and help get them back into sports and hobbies they enjoyed prior to deployment. Last month, the group took their annual Muskie fishing trip and a few members from MobilityWorks tagged along for the excursion.

MobilityWorks Chief Financial Officer and avid fisherman Gerhard Schmidt first got involved with Operation Injured Soldier five years ago. Their shared passions for the outdoors and helping America’s veterans made for the perfect partnership. Schmidt attended the annual fishing trip for years, but this time he was unable to attend. However, fellow MobilityWorks employees, Brett Meals and Alex Kyger, were happy to fill in!

Gerhard Schmidt said “It has been an honor watching this event grow into what it has become knowing that it provides wonderful benefits to our Veterans. What could be better than spending a day with the heroes of our country fishing?” The annual trip has grown to include over 30 boats (several of them wheelchair accessible) and 100 participants. All of the proceeds for the event go to the Brave Hearts Estate, an over 200-acre farm that was donated to Operation Injured Soldiers. Throughout the year, they host several events at the farm, and the lodge there also offers free lodging to Veterans and their families.

On September 18th, the group set sail on Lake St Clair just East of Detroit. Alex and Brett were paired with two retired Veterans and their boat had a very successful day. They caught 7 Muskies in total with three of them coming in at over 40 inches! The evening concluded with a dinner at the Grosse Point Yacht Club. It was a great day of fishing, and most importantly the event raised over $100,000 towards helping America’s heroes.

Follow them on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/operationinjuredsoldiers

2017 Invictus Games Officially Begin

Photo from Invictus London 2014 : https://www.facebook.com/invictuslondon/

In 2014 Prince Harry of Wales set out to make a difference for injured soldiers returning from war, and created the Invictus Games. He started the international sporting event to inspire recovery, help support rehabilitation and to raise awareness and respect for those who serve their country. The Paralympic-style multi-sport event features adaptive games such as wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball and indoor rowing. The first Invictus Games took place in March of 2014 at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, England. This year they are being hosted in Toronto, Canada and the opening weekend was a great success!

On Saturday evening spectators filled Toronto’s Air Canada Center to welcome the 550 competitors from 17 nations. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Prince Harry both gave moving speeches at the opening ceremony. In 2008 Prince Harry, who at the time was third in line for the British throne, was deployed to Afghanistan. On his return flight home, the coffin of a soldier was brought onto his flight, and it was at this time he knew that he needed to use his platform to help honor those returning from war.

In his speech on Saturday Prince Harry thanked all of the participants for their service, and stated “Some of you have cheated death and come back stronger than before. You are all winners. You are proving to the world anything is possible.” Canada’s popular Prime Minister was greeted with a roaring welcome and went on to give moving speech of his own. Trudeau talked about how everyone should consider what they can do to make a difference, and support the men and women who have sacrificed so much.

The games will continue through September, 30th and will conclude that evening with a closing ceremony. To view the complete schedule of events, watch live streaming matches or to learn more about the Invictus Games please visit www.invictusgames2017.com

Check out the video below from Retired US Air Force and Invictus Games competitor Patrick Roberts, as he talks about the importance of the event:

National Spinal Cord Awareness Month Has Continued Success

In 2015, the United States Congress unanimously voted to approve September as National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness month. Over the past two years, with the help of generous donations from the public, The United Spinal Association has been able to further their mission by expanding available resources, like monthly webinars and peer support groups,  to the over 275,000 Americans living with spinal cord injuries. It is estimated that there are approximately 17,500 new cases of spinal cord injury (SCI) in the United States every year, with almost 40% of these injuries coming from vehicle crashes. Since 1946 the United Spinal Association has been dedicated to providing individuals living with spinal cord injuries and their families with support, valuable information and resources.

If you or a loved one are interested in joining the United Spinal Association, it is free and easy to join from their website. All members receive access to their network of resources along with the New Mobility monthly magazine membership. They also offer a team of trained consultants to answer any questions or concerns. Another great resource that’s available on their website is the collection of monthly webinars. These webinars typically occur bi-monthly and cover topics ranging from healthcare and personal fitness to helping gain employment. Throughout the course of 2016, the United Spinal Association focused on improving three areas in particular: influence, impact and innovation.

In terms of influence, they helped work with the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) to secure the passage of a bipartisan bill that will help reform VA leadership and maintain a healthy workforce. For impact, the United Spinal Association expanded their peer mentoring program to now include 300 trained mentors. For anyone interested in starting a peer support group in your area, the United Spinal Association bi-annually awards $500 grants. An application for the grant is available on their website displayed below. Finally, for innovation, system enhancements have allowed their Spinal Cord Resource Center to increase cases handled by 25%.

For more information on National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month please visit www.unitedspinal.org

MobilityWorks of Bear, DE Grand Opening Event

We are excited to announce that on September 28th, 2017, our MobilityWorks in Bear Delaware will be hosting their grand opening event! The event will last from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and will take place at 1010 Contractors Way Bear, DE 19701.

Join Us For:

  • Food and refreshments
  • Free appraisal of your current vehicle (We take ALL vehicles on trade)
  • Free car wash

Whether you’re in the market for a new vehicle, want to take a peek at the new accessible Pacific or just want to learn more about servicing your vehicle, our grand opening event is a great opportunity to meet our MobilityWorks team. Our Bear DE team, led by Jerald Oshner is committed to serving you.  They will take the time necessary to answer all of your questions, work with you to find the best solution that meets the needs of you and your family, and properly service your vehicle to ensure you connect with what matters most.

Bring your family and friends to our grand opening event.  Please Click Here to RSVP (walk-in’s welcome) and we look forward to seeing you on September 28th!

For more information please contact our Bear, DE team at 877-275-4907.

Getting Ready to be Wheelchair Accessible at Home

We become comfortable in our homes, everything is set in its spot, then something changes and we have to quickly plan for the future, such as wheelchair accessibility needs. Accommodating wheelchair accessibility can have many obstacles, some of which are easier to handle than others. But the good news is that there are ways to plan for this life changing event by going through a household blueprint checklist to make sure that nothing is overlooked.

The General Home Accessibility Guidelines Checklist that Kristen Geil put together will very helpful to you and your family.  The checklist is simple and straight forward. It begins with making sure pathways are clear in the exterior and interior while keeping in mind standard size widths to accommodate depending on the type mobility equipment you are preparing for.  The other areas to look at include lighting,  security, entry and exit points of the home, work space inside the rooms, etc. Best recommendation is taking the approach room-by-room to ensure you are adequately prepared.

Click here if you would like to read more on how to Develop a Home Modification Initiative from AARP.

Archives

Stay connected with our social networks
1-877-275-4907