Annual Report - Friends of Disabled Adults and Children
TABLE OF CONTENTS
3 | Letter from the CEO
4 | Mission, Philosophy & Strengths
5 | Home Medical Equipment
6 | Vehicle | Home Modifications
7 | Wheelchair Repair | Medical Supplies
Computer Refurbishing | Assistive Technology
8 | International | Disaster Relief
9 | Thrift Store
10 | Recent Major Accomplishments
11 | Special Events
12 | Partners
13 | Foundation Partners
14 | Financial Report
15 | Board of Directors
16 | Top Sponsors
letter from our ceo
Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) is a part of an amazing journey of thousands in
Georgia, while providing disaster relief equipment, supplies and excess items that help around
the country and beyond.
Government benefits and insurance previously covered many of the items we provide but
cutbacks and high out of pocket deductibles have made access to these items difficult,
time-consuming or impossible. Many of our clients are struggling to take care of their
medical issues and expenses and just don’t have the required income to get the home
medical equipment (HME) items they need. FODAC has one of the largest, best practice
refurbishing facilities in the country with regular conferences and trainings to help other groups
improve the collection, repair, sanitization and distribution of HME items. We have the
privilege to engage and empower individual families, many who are at their breaking point,
and need these items for activities of daily living, rehabilitation, and pediatric physical
development. FODAC is changing lives every day, breaking the bonds of isolation and increasing
self care, worth, health, education, freedom and independence through mobility, fall prevention
and ability to access the community.
We have seen how trials are used in people’s lives “so that the works of God might be
displayed in them”. We are proud to be a part of that journey to help people thrive in
their new platform of life.
We are one of the highest rated charities in the country as noted by
industry researchers like Charity Navigator and hope you will join us to
help give a hand up to those in need of our servcices.
CEO | FODAC
“our goal is to restore hope, healing
and life back for people facing an
illness, injury or disability by bridging
the gap between surplus
and need of basic home
our mission, philosophy & strengths
FODAC’s mission is to provide home medical equipment
FODAC operates as a “green” company, leading the way in
(HME) such as wheelchairs and hospital beds at little or
recycling and reuse in the HME community; the organization
no cost to people with disabilities and their families. We seek
takes donations of new and used HME, keeping it out of land
to enhance the quality of life for people of all ages who
fills, and annually recycles over 250 tons of equipment
have any type of illness or physical disability. Our services
including metal and batteries.
allow clients to return to work, attend church, and live more
productive and fulfilling lives because of the equipment
we provide. Since 1986, FODAC has collected and distributed
We strive to meet the short term needs in medically nec-
more than 38,000 wheelchairs.
essary situations where the client is waiting on benefits to
begin or while trying to rehab an injury at home. Examples
include injuries with no existing insurance; a child outgrow-
FODAC provides over $10 million each year in equipment and
ing a wheelchair; a back up piece of equipment; all shower
services to the community at little or no cost to the recipients.
equipment and caregiver aids.
FODAC is a 501(c)(3) and does not have funding from
Medicare/Medicaid for the services offered. Most equipment
We strive to further assist individuals who have specific social
for people with disabilities is issued for a suggested donation
or community interests that require mobility for rehabilita-
but some services have mandatory fees.
tion, traveling long distances. Examples include: recreation,
school, church, shopping, or doctor’s appointments.
We provide home health (mobility and daily living) equipment
TOTAL PEOPLE SERVED 2,138
to people of any age or any disability, temporary or
permanent, for medically necessary and medically helpful
reasons. Clients do not have to qualify financially however,
priority is placed on medically necessary and low income
individuals. We rely solely on equipment donations to
accomplish this important task.
home medical equipment overview
Items are collected, checked/repaired and sanitized, then brought
to our distribution room for staff to match to client needs.
We accept phone or walk-in requests for items but work
from a “first come-first serve” model.
If we hold an item request from a phone call, the client has 2 days
to pickup the item.
There is a one-time $25 registration fee that is due when
the client actually gets their first item from us, no equipment
We make deliveries for a small fee.
E-mail requests are encouraged at [email protected]
We accept phone or walk-in requests for equipment. Medically
necessary requests receive top priority for those with the fewest
resources, followed by medically helpful/quality of life requests.
Clients fill out a satisfaction survey at the time of receiving the
item(s) along with safety education handouts on the item(s). Items
received through the HME program become the client’s property
to maintain and service themselves. The only follow up we ask is
that they return the HME item when it is no longer needed.
We can only provide equipment as it is donated to us. We provide equipment on a first come, first serve basis. Walkers, canes, crutches and bedside
commodes along with most medical supplies are almost always available.
Please donate your HME items to one of our 30 drop off locations
around Georgia, these can be found at: fodac.org/how-to-help/donate/
Your Home Medical Equipment such as a wheelchair donations/contributions and other support ensures that FODAC can continue to provide the
excellent services that our clients expect.
For many clients with a disability
and their families, the cost of
vehicle adaptations can be thousands
of dollars and are not covered by
insurance. FODAC’s vehicle modification program installs
home modifications. These families, located in metro
equipment such as scooter hitch lifts, full size van lifts,
Atlanta, were eligible for funding based on location and
4-point tie downs and more for a minimal cost. We installed
income. Again, we were elated to be working with the Atlanta
20 Vehicle lifts and repaired 25 lifts for clients this year!
Regional Commission which allowed us to assist 20 clients;
helping individuals in institutionalized inpatient facilities like
We remove adaptive equipment from vehicles at no cost and
nursing facilities and hospitals return to their homes and
then refurbish and reinstall that equipment on another
client’s vehicle for a very low price.
FODAC’s home modification program completed projects for
27 families this year. The program utilizes government and
community funding sources to build access ramps and other
FODAC is one of the few organizations in the country with the
resources to operate and maintain an on-site wheelchair and HME
repair facility. For a nominal fee, FODAC technicians can repair all
types of HME, whether acquired through FODAC or elsewhere. This is
a vital service to the community that reduces wait time for otherwise
costly repairs and helps people maintain access to school, work,
and the community. We repaired 500 items helping a combined 311
clients this year.
We receive and re-distribute donations of disposable supplies for
wound care, colostomy, urology, and a number of others to the local
community and for use in disaster relief, domestic and internationally.
We have a Microsoft Software agreement and Microsoft Certified
Refurbishers creating very low cost systems for basic access to the
internet for school and vocational ventures. Computers and
peripherals are displayed and sold in the Thrift Store for those who
qualify as disabled or low-income.
FODAC is also creating more demonstration of assistive technology
devices as well. We’ve had a lot of help setting up the demonstration area from Tools for Life, the GA AT Act Program. Specialty items
and devices can be accessed in this project such as adaptive
utensils, AAC devices, apps for tablets and much more.
Items that cannot be re-used domestically such as feeding pumps, surgical
kits, exam tables, and oxygen supplies can be beneficial overseas. Although
we concentrate our efforts in Atlanta and the Southeast items go to other
international relief agencies who are willing to coordinate and pay all
shipping fees. Our equipment directly helped Ghana, Liberia and many other
locations through West Africa Crossroads, International Outreach, Medshare
and Prosthetic Hope International.
FODAC continues to aid in disaster relief throughout the country. We
provided home medical equipment to Louisville, Kentucky in June of 2015
after flood waters hit the area and left people in need of equipment from
FODAC. The Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) renewed FODAC’s
contract for the upcoming year. This contract provides for pre-staged
equipment to be held at FODAC and depends on us to distribute these items
in a major disaster in Georgia.
Open to the entire community, the FODAC Thrift Store offers
clothing, furniture, jewelry, books and a variety of household
items. We depend on volunteers and regular donations to meet
our operating budget. FODAC is reliant on corporate, school, and
individual volunteers to help sort all donations received each day.
Boston University sent a group of college students this year for a
week to volunteer for FODAC.
All donations can be brought to our main location at 4900 Lewis
Road, Fodac can also pickup larger loads/items on our trucking
routes. New scheduling and driving staff, along with a new truck,
have increased our capacity to make sure we don’t miss out on
these items that help our mission.
That closet you have been thinking of cleaning out can help
someone receive the wheelchair or hospital bed they desperately need.
recent major accomplishments
New partnership with Fragile Kids Foundation to pickup, refurbish and re-issue their
gently used equipment to medically fragile children.
Changed method of taking requests for home medical equipment to a modified first
Piloted repair clinics for assisted living facilities to help people remain independent,
also creating more awareness of FODAC for donation needs.
Changed Thrift Store procedures to create more product rotation and increase sales
to support the charitable operations.
Progress on HME accreditation, over 250 staff training hours, spring 2016 target
Received foundation funding for a new 20ft box Isuzu box truck. Working on a
challenge grant from R.H. Dobbs Foundation for a second New 20ft Isuzu box truck.
Disaster Relief/International: HME provided to Ghana, Liberia, and other locations.
Local hospital distribution continues with Shepherd, Grady, Rockdale Medical,
Our Lady of Perpetual Hope and other free clinics.
Assistive Technology demonstration area is still developing, partnering with Tools for Life.
GEMA contract renewed to deliver HME in Georgia in case of disaster.
Thirty HME drop-off sites in the Metro Atlanta and across Georgia.
Rotary service projects for HME collection drives in their area, benefitting FODAC.
New statewide partnerships in Savannah (LIFE Center for Independent Living)
and Darien (Aging and Disability Resource Center)
Total volunteer hours for 2014-15 is 8766 hours of volunteer service valued
the run, walk and roll
Run, Walk and Roll was a fantastic day for FODAC. We were blessed with the 15th
annual event with unbelievable weather and off the chart attendance by our
supporters! There was a tough competition among the runners and an enthusiastic group of walkers and rollers! Aimee Copeland, one of our newest board
members helped make the day a great success serving as emcee this year!
fodac golf classic
FODAC’s 2015 Golf Tournament was held in Suwanee at Bear’s Best Golf Course on
October 14th. We had a great group of golfers, a catered lunch from Hammerheads,
and lots of raffle and auction prizes. Please mark your calendars for the 2016 Golf
Classic, October 12th It will be another great day of support for our mission while
breakfast with santa
FODAC held another successful breakfast with Santa at the Marriott Resort at
Stone Mountain Park. We are thankful to Glenn Burns from WSB-TV for being
our emcee for the event. We had a magician, caricature drawings, sing-alongs, and a visit from the big man himself - Santa Claus! Please plan on joining
us for this upcoming event in December.
corporate and individual partners|in kind & corporate partners
combined services inc.
kids ‘r’ kids international
silver dollar city stone mountain park
ams vans inc.
ruthann p. lacey pc
e.r. snell contractor
services - ga
emory alliance credit union
oglethorpe power corp.
alston & bird llp
bill board connection
diversified data solutions
mobility center of ga
state farm - ron lunsford
united community bank
mark & suzanne sykes
amiees fund inc
rusty & laura mckellar
paul & wilmath towler
william & maureen strickland
mike & doris shackley
william & connie zachary Jr
andy & donna copeland
ernest & mary holley
curt & tish kuban
ray & cynthia pagano
francis & julie shappard
harold & rosemary youmans
howell & madeline adams jr.
tammy lynn alford
michael & mindy barringer
karen p. anderson
frank & pat ethridge
kenneth & kristen burnette
buddy & marsha pittard
susan & george coletti
john & lauren seidl
maxine ellis cordell
steve & sandy skinner
guy & betty dasher
dale & sharon subick
timothy & jennie davis
peter di carlo
j. mae donnell
nancy lynn wiley
robert & lynn donohoe
dick & charlotte engstrom
Caregivers 250- 499
james & bertha clarke
bryan & pam cunningham
john & barbara gerlach
rochelle & richard elmore
marvin & helen gibbs
jim & suzanne girone
james & sheila frank
derrell & amy greenway
wallace & ruth ann hardy
graham & carolyn guy
independent charities of america
william d. hawes
mr. bobby mays
vicki & lloyd parker
helen & walter hogan
durl & donna jensen
dwight & leslie standridge
walter & mary alice johnston
thomas & deborah kelly
lynn & mark kinnaman
alan & sarah larson
james & charlene loth
frank & dorothy merrifield
edward & frances micheli
janna & jack morgan
dr. richard mouzon
richard & shirley myers
ralph & sarah nesmith
bob & kay o’neal
james & elizabeth quarles
john & judith patterson
robert & patricia pontz
william & ernestine pruett
guy & geniece puckett
maurice & ramona richardson
dave & shirley riggs
walter & nancy russell
bob & ruth rust
lester & kathleen smith
robert & florence smith MD
lloyd & rhonda snively
james & janelle steele
duff sutton jr.
robert & sherry tiller
gary toney sr.
vinson & anne trippe
thomas & dianne troncalli
vicki & jeffrey tyler
e. eugene wilson
william & elaine winkler
marshall & cheryl l. wheeler
a.d. & anne yarbrough
lee ann zavosky
amac tools for life
atlanta regional commission
beta design group
bullseye auction & appraisal
care medical georgia
childrens’ healthcare of atlanta
custom mobility - athens
(cil - macon)
disabled american veterans
freedom medical solutions
georgia dept. of coc. rehab.
grady memorial hospital
life, inc. (cil-savannah)
parent to parent
power wheelchair services
rotary district 6900 & clubs
r & r van lift
rockdale medical center
sign-a-rama of duluth
st. vincent depaul thrift stores
shepherd center / pathways
visiting nurse association
wsb tv & radio
walton options (cil - Augusta)
FODAC is deeply grateful to the following foundations. their support allows us to continue enhancing
the lives of thousands of people with disabilities by providing durable medical equipment.
50,000 - $100,000
healthcare georgia foundation
health 1st foundation
hospital authority of rockdale county
20,000 - $49,999
nordson corporation foundation
howard dobbs foundation
mcmaster - carr supply company
john h. & wilhelmina d. harland
livingston foundation Inc.
holly lane foundation
christopher reeve paralysis foundation
the frances wood wilson foundation inc.
the f.t. stent family foundation
5,000 - 19,999
ez agape foundation
the dart foundation tax dept.
the fraser-parker foundation
fulton-dekalb hospital authority
the mary brown fund of atlanta
central georgia emc foundation
friedman supporting foundation inc.
gilbert price jr. charitable fund
FRIENDS OF DISABLED ADULTS AND CHILDREN, TOO! INC.
STATEMENT OF ACTIVITIES
Year Ended June 30, 2015
support and revenue:
Contributions of equipment
Business and individuals Contractual assistance Foundations and organizations Thrift store and vehicle sales Program service fees Other income
Total support and revenue
Program services 4,940,287
Management and general 149,178
Net Cash provided by operating
Total net assets, end of year $ 2,546,549
board of directors
The FODAC Board is a group of committed community leaders who are passionate
about the good work we accomplish. Rusty McKellar is the current Board Chair who
works close by at Pattillo Industrial Real Estate as director of land and development, where he manages the company’s land holdings. He has served on FODAC’s
board since 2010; in 2011, he chaired FODAC’s 2011 capital campaign which raised
over $1.6 million to renovate its facilities. Rusty states “Through the efforts
of our volunteers and staff, we maintain a network for the collection
of medical equipment generously contributed by
our donors. These gifts provide the tools necessary to enhance the
lives of our clients and equip them to invest in the lives of others.
Each and every contribution of time, money, and equipment is multiplied
countless times as it passes through the lives of others.” The Treasurer
is Andy Copeland from Edward Jones Insurance; and the Secretary for the board is
Mike Shackley from Beta Design.
Board Committees include Development, Facilities, Human Resources, Financial, and
Executive Committee. Implementation of our strategic plan is now underway. These
plans include purchasing a new truck for donation pickups, forming new partnerships in the community, and increasing our HME drop off locations beyond our 30
in Georgia. Finding new partners with transportation capabilities is another goal
FODAC would like to pursue, allowing us to obtain and distribute more home
medical equipment in the future. Our hospital partnerships have grown with
Rockdale medical added this year; we are staging HME each month at their location
so indigent patients can return home safety. This is a model we have developed with
Grady which still exists. New accreditation steps have begun to show we meet or
exceed the industry standard of HME providers who bill insurance and government
benefits for their services.
FODAC has a facility naming opportunity for a gift to eliminate our mortage ($928,000).
FODAC needs matching funds for an additional truck to increase our donated
resources and provide additional delivery services ($30,000).
FODAC is exploring utility solutions such as solar to save thousands in operating costs.
FODAC needs a partnership with a trucking company to make pickups statewide
4900 Lewis Road
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Stone Mountain, Georgia 30083
Toll Free 1.866.977.1204
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