FODAC Partners with Bakery to Help Provide Equipment to Disabled in Need
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Special Kneads and Treats will serve as collection point for donated wheelchairs, walkers and other medical equipment
Stone Mountain GA – (31 January 2018) – Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC), a non-profit organization providing durable medical equipment (DME) and supplies to those living with disability, has partnered with Lawrenceville bakery Special Kneads and Treats to provide a collection point for used equipment. The bakery, which operates as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit business, hires special needs adults once they age out of county programs, will join FODAC’s network of twenty Atlanta metro donation sites, where DME is collected for FODAC to refurbish and then redistribute to those in need, at little or no cost to the recipient.
“FODAC’s mission of providing vital medical equipment to those living with disabilities is a good match with our mission,” said Michael Kohler, Special Kneads co-founder and president/CEO. “Our sixteen employees with special needs include some with disabilities. Our facilities include six tables that are hand cranked, and go up and down to the wheelchair or walker level as needed. We understand how vital having the right equipment for those with disabilities is to helping them engage fully in work and community, and lead fully productive lives.”
While Special Kneads and Treats provides employment opportunities for adults with physical and developmental disabilities, its primary mission is to provide birthday cakes for disadvantaged and at-risk youth in the community, including those in the foster system, homeless shelters, low-income families, transitional housing and in the juvenile justice system. The cakes are provided to the children and their caregivers at no charge, bringing “a little joy to those children who are sometimes forgotten on their ‘special day,’” said Kohler.
“We are grateful for the work Michael and his bakery do in and for the special needs community,” said Chris Brand, president and CEO of FODAC. “We are proud to have them join our network of collection sites and look forward to the donations coming in from customers and neighbors who support their work.”
Special Kneads and Treats is located at 156 Scenic Highway in Lawrenceville.
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Now celebrating its 30th anniversary, Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) continues to help people with injuries and disabilities of all ages regain their mobility, independence and quality of life. The non-profit organization provides more than $10 million annually in refurbished durable medical equipment (DME) and home modifications in Georgia and across the United States, all at little or no cost to the recipients. A pioneer in re-use, FODAC keeps 350 tons of materials out of landfills each year by refurbishing and reissuing over 700 DME items every month, and is recognized nationally for best practices. In 2014, FODAC was named to Charities Under 5% Overhead, an organization of charities that have operating overhead of five percent or less.
In 2013, Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) appointed FODAC to serve as the statewide distributor of DME and assistive technology in the event of a large population-affecting emergency situation. In this role, FODAC will warehouse the DME and other equipment, then, working with GEMA and the American Red Cross (ARC) of Georgia, will coordinate the delivery and distribution to emergency shelters around the state.
In 2016, Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation (HQAA) fully accredited FODAC as a durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies (DMEPOS) provider, thus confirming the organization’s compliance with quality standards established in the 2003 Medicare Modernization Act.
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