The young man you see in the photo just needed a helping hand. D4D and Meisha Robinson, who manages the free medical equipment program we supply at St. Philip Neri Church, were glad to extend it. His name is Derrall Willis, age 52. We received this message from his sister:
“My name is Latasha Morris and Derrall Willis is my brother. I am forever grateful for you and your church family at St. Philip Neri in blessing my brother with a wheelchair. My brother Derrall was shot when I was 5 years old. His gunshot wounds left him paraplegic and in a wheelchair ever since.
“Derrall is currently homeless and staying in a shelter on the West Side because none of our family’s apartments where we live are ADA accessible and wherever he lives must be handicap accessible. I feel bad for my brother because he has overcome so many obstacles in life. Thanks again for giving us a wheelchair in our time of need.”
And Derrall added:
“I am so happy that you blessed me.
May God continue to bless each of you,
Derrall Willis May 2017.”
Thanks to our founder, Ed Kane, for taking the guys from D4D to the Cubs home opener last night. Despite some weather issues a good time was had by all. Thanks also to Ed’s wife Sue for letting us use … Continue reading →
Meisha Robinson, the eagle-eyed manager of St. Philip Neri’s medical equipment lending program, noticed someone leaving a church service with difficulty using a walker. That someone is named Deborah Jackson. “Her old device was in bad shape and she appeared … Continue reading →
The organizers of the Notre Dame University Executive Business Council of Chicago received “great feedback” on Bob Shea’s presentation to that group earlier this month.
Devices 4 the Disabled was the featured community service organization at the meeting. Bob told the story of how he and Ed Kane founded D4D, and how we are helping those in need receive medical equipment to gain new mobility. The event enabled D4D to make new connections in the Chicago business community.
Here, Bob shows the Notre Dame group the Emmy we received from Brad Edwards of CBS Chicago.
Our partner Am Shalom Reform Congregation in Glencoe has a strong commitment to social action, as evidenced by its many programs to feed the hungry, help Syrian refugees, and provide clothing for needy children.
In keeping with that commitment, last Thursday, Feb. 9, D4D was invited to Am Shalom’s Executive Board dinner. Bob Shea, Joel Heifitz, and Paul Goldman attended. All of us at D4D would like to thank Rabbi Stark Lowenstein for his very generous donation. Am Shalom already serves as a dropoff point for equipment for D4D, and we look forward to even closer cooperation in the future.
In this image from the Executive Board dinner, Bob Shea shows off the Emmy Award presented to us by Brad Edwards of CBS, while Paul Goldman looks on.
Last week, we passed along news of a wheelchair-enabled van we donated to Henry Aluyi, a retired Nigerian professor and U.S. citizen. Here are some new photos of D4D’s staff (Bob Shea, Dan Popuch, and Meisha Robinson) with Mr. Aluyi … Continue reading →
There’s an energy that comes with doing good. Brad Edwards and Wendy Widom of CBS Chicago felt it when they won an Emmy for their report about D4D called “Bob, Ed, and Their Devices.” Brad decided to share the energy … Continue reading →
David Jarja wrote to us about his brother, Ebrima, who is pictured below:
“Ebrima, whose name means ‘The bread of the Jarju family.’ left the African nation of Gambia for Chicago purposely to pursue his master’s degree. He successfully completed his masters degree in Business Communication. He then decided to work in a Chicago grocery store to pursue his PhD. That was where he got shot in the head in February 2014. He suffered a brain injury causing paralysis of the right hand and leg. Ebrima was using a wheelchair from 2014 up to now, but with the help of Ms. Meisha Robinson, Ebrima is able to walk using a rollator walker. Thank you so much for your support!”
“He wasn’t really trying to walk until he got the Rollator from me,” says Meisha, who manages the St. Philip Neri medical equipment program, which is supplied by D4D.
This week we were able to help someone who has spent a career helping others in need. This photo shows Father Tom Millea with our own Bob Shea. Father Tom was a chaplain working at Hines VA Hospital in the … Continue reading →
Thanks to Brian McCaskey, senior director of business development with the Chicago Bears, for stopping by our suite at the exciting Ireland – New Zealand rugby match Saturday–a historic event at which Ireland won for the first time in 111 years. Brian is shown with Bob Shea, left, and D4D’s Dan Popuch, right.