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Success Stories of 2023

January 2023 
Assistive Tools and Technology

D.P. was a 70-year-old veteran from Polk County who had heart disease. He contacted our center and advocated that he has a fear of falling while taking a shower and that due to his wheelchair falling apart he can not get around his house or community. He requested a lightweight manual wheelchair and 3.25-inch grab bars to help him stay safe and out of an institution. After getting the Items needed, D.P. stated the following, "The wheelchair, ramp, and grab bars were exactly what I needed to be independent. I am not afraid to take a shower independently. NWGACIL was able to assist me with DME to be more independent in my home and community."

February 2023 
Assistive Tools and Technology

L.A. was a 27-year-old from Polk County who suffers from Cerebral Palsy. Her dad called asking for help with getting her a shower chair. L.A.'s dad helped Advocate for the mesh cover, for the shower chair, which is needed for L.A. to bathe safely. We were able to help L.A. get the mesh for her chair. When we asked her dad about his experience he stated, "After searching 2 years, we found an organization that was able to help us get the mesh backing needed to help her stay independent."

March  2023
Assistive Tools and Technology

T.H. was an 83-year-old male from Bartow County who served in the military and had a hard time walking on his own due to lower scoliosis and is also visual/hearing impaired.  T.H. contacted NWGACIL to ask if we could assist in getting him an Upright Rollator.  He stated that the Rollator he had was not the right size for him and he was having to bend over a lot. He also stated, "It was hurting my back." After receiving the Upright Rollator from NWGACIL, he said, "I can walk straight and it does not hurt my back. I can walk up straight now. The Upright Rollator is a great help compared to the one I used to use."

April  2023
Senior Hunger Food Box

On April 21, 2023, our new Program Manager, Katie Duncan, attended the Community Garden Event with the Housing Authority located at their Envision Center off Division Street. While attending, she met C.S. They started talking about the food boxes for our Senior Hunger Food Box "drive." C.S. was very interested and started sharing how she had gone through cancer and a brain aneurysm. She had even found out that she had a growth in her kidney. As they were talking about the boxes, she said it would give her some varied food choices throughout the next few days. We went through what was in the boxes and she was thrilled to receive it. Afterward, Kathy Baker did the raffle for the $25 gift card, and C.S. won that as well!

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