Portlight and FODAC Continue a Long-Time Partnership

By: Portlight , 12:41 AM GMT on July 02, 2013

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Portlight and FODAC Continue a Long-Time Partnership

Portlight Strategies, Inc. has been helping people with disabilities since 1997. The main focus of the Charleston South Carolina based non-profit is disaster relief. When a disaster strikes, Portlight delivers durable medical equipment to those who lost such equipment during natural disasters.

FODAC (Friends of Disabled Adults and Children), an Atlanta Georgia based non-profit, takes donated materials, fixes them up and gives them to individuals and organizations, like Portlight, at little to no cost. FODAC has been operating as a “green” company since 1986 and has distributed more than 29,000 wheelchairs to date at little to no cost to the recipients.

From Portlight’s beginning, FODAC has been crucial to Portlight’s work. FODAC has provided thousands of dollars of durable medical equipment to Portlight to be distributed to those in need after natural disasters. Recently Portlight has been very involved with the victims of Hurricane Sandy and the victims of the tornado in Moore Oklahoma.

“FODAC has been essential to the work Portlight has done after hurricane Sandy and the tornado in Moore Oklahoma. We have a long history together. It’s great to be working with them again.”

- Paul Timmons, Board Chair of Portlight Strategies, Inc.

“We could not leverage the manufacturer donations to assist with disasters without key partners like Portlight Strategies, every time we identify a need or they do, they are always ready to work closely with us to move the home medical equipment to those who need it the most.”

“Other disaster relief agencies are trying to overlay a disability needs component but Portlight knows this communities needs and works hard to make sure they are met.”

– Chris Brand, President/CEO of FODAC

For more information about FODAC visit their website at www.fodac.org

Oklahoma tornadoes: Organizations replace medical equipment for storm survivors

John Roady stands with his new walker, which he received from an organization replacing storm survivors' lost medical equipment. Roady and his wife Helen lost their home in Moore on May 20. STEVE SISNEY - THE OKLAHOMAN

Oklahoma tornadoes: Organizations replace medical equipment for storm survivors

By Jaclyn Cosgrove Modified: July 1, 2013 at 10:22 am • Published: July 1, 2013

MOORE — John Roady had just gotten home from Walmart and wanted to bring the groceries inside.

But his wife, Helen, told him there wasn't time. She had been watching the news and knew the storm was too close for that.

And after almost 40 years of marriage, John Roady can admit when his wife is right.

“My father brought me up from the time I was a little kid to respect Mother Nature,” he said.

All that's left of the Roadys' home is the fireplace and foundation. The EF5 tornado that destroyed 1,200 homes in Moore and south Oklahoma City on May 20 took everything the couple had, including their wheelchair and walker.

But recently, that problem was solved when the Roadys were connected with Portlight Strategies, a South Carolina-based nonprofit organization that serves people with disabilities in times of natural and man-made disasters.

Portlight is partnering with local and national organizations to replace wheelchairs, scooters, ramps and other medical equipment lost during recent storms, using a $25,000 grant through AmeriCares to pay for equipment and services.

The Roads are among about 200 Oklahomans with mobility issues who are expected to benefit over the next month from the groups' services, according to AmeriCares.

Roady is grateful to have his new walker and wheelchair. He used to be able to change an eighteen-wheeler tire in less than 45 minutes. But as he has aged, his knees have grown less dependable, and he needs help from a walker.

“If it wasn't for our health, I would be out here, doing things,” he said, looking at his home's foundation, speckled with debris.

June 17, 2013 – AmeriCares and Portlight Strategies, Inc. are partnering to help disabled Oklahoma residents affected by the recent tornadoes. AmeriCares has awarded a $25,000 grant to the Charleston, S.C.-based nonprofit organization to replace wheelchairs, scooters, ramps and other equipment lost or damaged in the recent storms. About 200 Oklahomans with mobility issues are expected to benefit over the next 45 days.

“Children and adults with disabilities are among the most vulnerable after a disaster. Often the equipment they rely on for mobility is damaged or destroyed, limiting their independence,” said AmeriCares Vice President of Emergency Response Garrett Ingoglia. “By providing wheelchairs and other medical equipment we will help dozens of tornado survivors recover faster.”

The program is an extension of a partnership that began earlier this year to install ramps for New Jersey residents affected by Superstorm Sandy.

“Our partnership with AmeriCares enables us to streamline requests from tornado survivors with disabilities and expeditiously fill those needs,” said Paul Timmons, chairman of Portlight Strategies’ board of directors.

It was also announced earlier this month that Portlight and the American Red Cross have signed a Letter of Agreement to work together in disaster response, in order to improve shelter accessibility and share resources and information.

Portlight's mission includes providing for the needs of people with disabilities, especially in times of catastrophe.


Portlight volunteers hard at work in Moore, Oklahoma, after the devastating May 20, 2013 tornado.

Here is a link to all of the collateral materials from the Getting it Right Conference. Thank you to everyone who made this conference such a huge success! We will also be posting the PowerPoint presentations that were at the conference.

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