Mercy House is a non-profit organization founded in 1988 by Father Jerome T. Karcher. In the last 12 months, Mercy House has helped nearly 600 individuals remain in their homes, served nearly 2,000 people at access centers, aided more than 3,600 in emergency shelter programs, transitioned more than 190 people out of temporary shelters, and facilitated permanent housing for over 400. Donate directly!
UCP Wheels for Humanity was founded in 1985 in Studio City, California, where 130 wheelchairs were restored in a residential garage and given to disabled Guatemalan citizens. After only one year, UCP Wheels for Humanity grew so large that the operation was moved to a 10,000 square-foot warehouse in North Hollywood, where more than 60,000 wheelchairs have since been manufactured and donated.
The nonprofit refurbishes donated and abandoned wheelchairs and then delivers them to immobile people in need all over the world. These chairs are custom built for different uses and environments, and are even fitted especially for the intended users. UCP Wheels for Humanity also provides specialized technical training in order to provide users in different nations with the support they need for wheelchair modification and maintenance.
In addition to supplying specialized wheelchairs, UCP Wheels for Humanity strives to increase the profile of differently-abled people in order to remove the stigma so often attached. By giving them a platform and a voice, UCP Wheels for Humanity hopes to raise public awareness of the needs of the differently-abled communities all over the world.
News Release: 5.8.2013 Wheels for Humanity Empowers the Disabled with Support from No More Poverty