With recent stay at home orders, all of us have a new understanding of what it’s like to feel physically restricted and lose our sense of independence. Going to the store, meeting up with friends, and many other activities are halted. Without mobility equipment from Alternatives in Motion, these regular activities are often difficult for many clients. 

Alternatives in Motion and the mobility equipment we provide is essential, even if clients are not leaving their homes. In our recent Quality of Life survey, 70% of respondents claimed that it would be somewhat or extremely difficult to move around their home without the mobility devices that AIM provides. Another 55% of clients responded that reaching or opening cabinets would be somewhat or extremely difficult. 

“My experience with Alternatives in Motion was great. They have allowed my grandmother to have more mobility and keep doing the things that she enjoys, such as going grocery shopping and visiting local parks,” says an anonymous client. 

Although Alternatives in Motion is currently closed, our mission is not on hold. Staff, volunteers, and board members are still working to advance our mission and provide independence to those in need. 

“Our mission is not on hold,” says Coleen Davis, Executive Director. “There’s a lot of work being done behind-the-scenes to ensure we can continue to advance our mission, provide independence, and advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion.” 

The Alternatives in Motion board members continue to meet monthly to review financials, discuss future planning,  and share mission moments. The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee is dedicated to advancing advocacy for the disability community in West Michigan. The Marketing, Education, Outreach and Development Committee meets monthly to brainstorm creative ways to advance our mission. 

Are you interested in helping us continue our mission? There’s a few different ways you can show support, from a distance: 

• Tune into our social media channels as we share 14 Days of Gratitude starting Monday, April 27. Every day we will share something that we are grateful for during this difficult time.

• Post why you think #AIMIsEssential on your social media channels. Here is a sample post and graphic: “#AIMIsEssential to West Michigan. Without mobility equipment from Alternatives in Motion, my (family member) would not be able to move around in their own home.”

• Are you a teacher that is working on virtual lesson plans? Allow us to join your virtual lesson to talk about diversity, equity and inclusion and how students can support the disabled community.

Please note: We are available for emergencies or to provide equipment to those recently released from the hospital.