NATIONAL WOMEN WITH DISABILITIES EMPOWERMENT FORUM
November 16, 2017:
It is with immense gratitude that we post this update letting you know that the kindness of your donations amounted to $1,000 which was equally distributed between the two ladies (Maria C. and Berenice, whose stories on social media inspired us to reach out. Thank you for your support during our community’s time of need.
In addition to being able to help these two survivors, NWwDEF was also able to distribute twenty pallets of emergency relief food in partnership with the Houston Food Bank.
Thank you for your love and support as we help each other in the name of empowerment.
FOR IMMEIDATE RELEASE:
THE NATIONAL WOMEN WITH DISABIITIES EMPOWERMENT FORUM (NWWDEF) COMMITS TO DONATING 100% OF INCOMING DONATIONS TOWARD HELP FOR DISABLED WOMEN SURVIVORS OF HURRICANE HARVEY.
Until September 15th at midnight, ALL incoming donations to NWwDEF will be given directly to disabled women survivors of Hurricane Harvey whose mobility was affected by the disaster. Our Houston disability community, knows right now, of two disabled women who lost EVERYTHING!!
NWwDEF is committed to the empowerment of women with disabilities. We understand firsthand the many obstacles we face as disabled women, and how terrifying it is to be separated from our mobility aids.
As a 501(c3) nonprofit organization, ALL your donations are tax exempt. From now until Sept 15th, EVERY singly dollar you donate will be going towards covering the recovery needs of women with disabilities in our Houston communities.
Please stay tuned as we continue to organize. For now, only monetary donations can be accepted, but we will let you know of upcoming additional fundraisers where other types of donations can be accepted.
If you are a wheelchair vendor and you are able to donate a brand-new wheelchair fitted to the needs of our survivors, we will gladly accept.
May the blessings of your generosity multiply in your lives.
With immense gratitude,
The NWwDEF Board of Directors
Many people have come forward offering information about where to acquire donated wheelchairs and other mobility aids which people have been donating toward those in need. Please understand that while emergency wheelchairs are, indeed, life-saving, they represent the equivalent of having to walk on borrowed shoes that are not your size and being forced to walk in them without socks or the comfort of shoes that actually fit. Some people often wonder why the problem is just not solved by using one of those donated wheelchairs that get piled up in a warehouse for years. How long would you go in that borrowed pair of shoes before you found a way to either get another pair or simply walk barefooted?
Wheelchair users don’t have the privilege of just saying, I’ll go without my chair for a while until the right one comes up. While we will gratefully accept the wheelchairs that have been pouring in as donations to various community locations, we, as wheelchair users, will never stop trying to do whatever we can to get back on the right set of wheels…one that fits, one that is tailored to accommodate our unique abilities and allow us to live as dignified rollers and active members of our communities.
Motorized wheelchairs run anywhere from $15,0000 to $50,000 and up depending on the individualized alterations needed to accommodate some unique needs. Accommodations for an accessible van run into the 30thousands as well. We are not exaggerating when we say these women in our community need help. These are women we know….women who are always at our West Gray office…women who participate in our community events, disabled women whose lives have suddenly been devastated by this tragic disaster from which our city is still trying to get back.