While March of Dimes Canada last year celebrated its 60th Anniversary of providing programs and services for children and adults with disabilities, the organization continues its work in what began as a march to stamp out polio that has grown into a multi-service organization that today provides programs and services to over 50,000 Canadians annually in communities across Canada.
In Sarnia, March of Dimes offers a number of services, including attendant care to 83 consumers in the Sarnia area between outreach programs, two supportive housing buildings and a medically fragile unit. The charity also provides recreational opportunities and programming throughout the year and services a number of people through its Assistive Devices Program (ADP).
ADP provides financial assistance to people with disabilities across the province toward the cost and maintenance of basic mobility devices and home health care equipment such as manual and motorized wheelchairs, bath aids, seating inserts and wheelchair cushions, canes, crutches and walkers and more.
Every year, close to 1,500 consumers benefit from this program. ADP offered two streams of service in Sarnia Lambton last year. In addition to providing funding for mobility and other assistive equipment, the program held two repair clinics in their supportive housing facilities that offered free inspections and tune-ups for mobility and bath aids. Recently, the repair service was expanded to include a clinic at Bayside Mall.
Last year 117 consumers were served in Sarnia-Lambton through ADP, with equipment valuing close to $18,000.
The Assistive Devices Program is one of the charity’s many programs that are supported 100% by donor dollars. ADP staff access many community resources so that they are able to stretch every dollar received to at least four and a half dollars of service value, enabling staff to provide necessary, life-changing devices to people with disabilities across the province who so desperately need them – and cannot afford the equipment on their own. Funds come from a number of partners, including the Sarnia-Lambton United Way.
Sarnia residents who think they may be able to benefit from the any of March of Dimes programs should visit www.marchofdimes.ca or call 1-800-263-3463 to learn more.
March of Dimes is the largest charitable rehabilitation organization in Ontario, providing a wide variety of programs and services to almost 50,000 people annually across the country.