We recently received some photos and a story about Juan, who lives in Honduras. Suffering burns in his youth that severely disabled him, Juan has needed the assistance of a caretaker for his basic daily needs, including his mobility. He was given Mobility Cart #SATX-859, made in our shop in San Antonio, TX, which we were able to confirm from other photos. Now Juan can go to the city center, store, clinic, and plaza on his own!
On July 11, we drove 33 of our Mobility Carts in a trailer to the Mobility Worldwide workshop in Brazos Valley, TX to become part of a larger shipment they were sending to Monrovia, Liberia. Added to our Carts were 92 from Brazos Valley, 27 from Michigan, and 12 from Missouri.
August 7, 2017. GuideStar, an information service specializing in reporting on US nonprofit companies, has awarded Mobility Worldwide TX-San Antonio their “Gold” status, a designation that only 0.05% of all nonprofits achieve. The “Gold” level logo is a leading symbol of transparency and accountability provided by GuideStar, the world’s largest source of information on nonprofits. Currently providing information on 2.5 million organizations, GuideStar serves to verify that a recipient organization is established and that donated funds go where the donor intended.
AMIGA (A Mission in God’s Amor) is a missionary group located at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Selma, TX. On April 7, 2017, volunteers with AMIGA came to our workshop and picked up 10 of our Mobility Carts. They were then, shown here, loaded onto a shipping container, along with medical equipment and supplies, clothing and household items, on April 30. The shipping container is scheduled to arrive in Honduras on May 21, where all items will be put in storage until they are ready for distribution in medical clinics to the disabled and needy people.
A milestone was reached with Mobility Worldwide TX-San Antonio on March13, 2017 when Mobility Cart #1,000 was completed. Putting the finishing touches on the Cart here is pictured Dave Frazier, after whom #1,000 is named, and who was involved in building Cart #1 back in 2004.
At the Mobility Worldwide TX-San Antonio January 2017 “Awards Banquet,” Dave Frazier (R) was presented a Mobility Cart tailgate that he personally will attach to Cart #1,000 to be manufactured in the San Antonio Affiliate sometime early this year. This honor is being given to Dave by banquet chairman, Rob Remig, with his name etched on it. This will bring the local cart-building full circle, as Dave helped build Cart #1 in 2004 and will complete Cart #1,000 some 13 years later.
Tom Martin (L), president of Mobility Worldwide TX-San Antonio, was inducted into the PET San Antonio Hall of Fame in a presentation made by banquet chairman Rob Remig at the January 2017 Awards Celebration. Tom was recognized for his ongoing leadership by example, vision for our production to reach more disabled persons, and his enthusiasm and belief in this mission work to establish and exceed goals.
We are changing our name! In order to avoid confusion with animal care and shelters, PET International is now “Mobility Worldwide.” And PET San Antonio is now “Mobility Worldwide TX – San Antonio.” The new name better reflects what we do: We provide mobility to disabled people worldwide so far in over 100 countries. Locally we are also changing our mailing address to get our PO Box closer to our workshop. Effective immediately, our new mailing address is: P.O. Box 701172, San Antonio, TX 78270. Our mission is unchanged; our 501(c)(3) tax status is the same; and we have the same volunteers with the same heart for providing mobility to disabled people in developing countries. Please note our new logo.
We had the privilege during June, July, and August 2016 of having young men from the Community Service Restitution Program of the Bexar County Juvenile Probation Department come to our shop and help us build PETs. During their combined 90 hours of service, these young men drilled, painted, and assembled PETs, getting them ready for distribution to disabled people in distant countries.
Eight members of Schertz United Methodist Church came to the PET San Antonio workshop on April 24, 2016 as part of the church’s “Faith In Action” day and helped build PETs. Those members are shown here with Jennifer Felty (kneeling, center) a regular PET volunteer, who helped with training and supervision. Thank you, Schertz UMC for helping make a difference in the lives of those disabled people in distant countries who will receive the wheelchairs you helped build!
Thank you KSAT 12!
Meet José from Acuña, Mexico. José received a PET and has been using his new-found mobility to go out to the streets of Acuña to sell his artwork. As an expression of his thanks for his PET, José sent these two paintings as a gift to the volunteers of PET San Antonio to enjoy in their workshop.
PET San Antonio celebrated its 11th year of building PETs with a banquet dinner on January 23, 2016. Attendees were a mix of volunteers, donors, and special guests who support PET in many ways. One of the highlights of the evening was a presentation by Esther Talamas de Perez, President of DIF in Acuña, Mexico. Esther and her group crossed the border into the US and drove 150 miles to San Antonio to express their deep appreciation to PET for the many specialty wheelchairs crossed into Mexico and given to disabled citizens of Acuña. Pictured here with Esther is her daughter, Cecilia.
Scott Walters is the new Executive Director of PET International, the organization that oversees all 25 building sites around the US of the PET wheelchairs. We at PET San Antonio were honored by a visit to our workshop by Scott on January 13, 2016. We discussed the goals of the overall PET organization and specifically addressed ways of improving the design, manufacturing, and shipping of the wheelchairs. We wish Scott much success in his new role and look forward to a close working relationship with him and the other PET affiliates.
Since its beginning in 2004, PET San Antonio produced its 800th specialty wheelchair in October 2015. We feel blessed to be a part of these 800 lives that have been forever changed by this ‘Gift of Mobility.’
Twenty-three PETs were picked up at the San Antonio workshop on October 23, 2015 by Mac McCain of the Del Rio, TX Host Lions Club. The PETs will now be taken across the border into Acuña, Mexico, reassembled, and distributed to residents with physical disabilities that limit their mobility. That number represents 33 more PETs shipped already this year than in all of the Year 2014.
On August 27, 2015, three volunteers from PET San Antonio, Tom Martin, Joe Srubar, and Rob Remig, traveled to Del Rio, TX to deliver four PET wheelchairs and join the Del Rio Host Lions at their weekly luncheon and meeting. A Certificate of Appreciation was presented to the Club for its support in getting the PETs into Acuña, Mexico. A second Certificate was presented to Rodney Martinez, Immediate Past President of the Club, for his personal efforts in handling the PETs. This photo shows Rodney (left) receiving his award from Tom Martin, President of PET San Antonio.
On July 13, 2015, PET San Antonio was pleased to have Brenda Martinez visit our workshop. Brenda is the Coordinator of International Organizations for the city of Acuña, Mexico through their DIF (Family Integrity Development) program. We have shipped 54 of our PETs to Acuña in just the last 18 months. Shown here, Brenda is presented with a wheelchair back with “Amistad” stenciled on it, signifying the “Friendship” between our two cities and countries, by Joe Srubar, Vice President of PET San Antonio. Brenda then partially assembled a PET, which will be shipped to Acuña soon for distribution in that city.
Emilsin, age 22, lives in the village of Trinidad, Honduras. He was the victim of a shooting intended for another individual two years ago. This resulted in his being paralyzed from the waist down. His new PET, made in San Antonio and delivered by AMIGA in mid-June 2015, will help him get around town, to church, and, as he said, “traveling.”
On May 9, 2015, a group from St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, pictured here, volunteered at the PET workshop and helped with painting and assembly. We thank them for their work and look forward to their return.
We delivered four PETs to the Del Rio (TX) Host Lions Club on April 30, which they will now take across the border to Acuna, Mexico for distribution. While there, the Lions donated about 8 gallons of paint, left over from one of their projects, to PET for use in painting our PETs. Pictured with the paint are Rodney Martinez, President of the Del Rio Lions, with his son, Andres. Thank you, Del Rio Host Lions!
Nine volunteers from the “Faith in Action” group at Schertz (Texas) United Methodist Church came out to the shop on April 26 to help us build PETs. While others from their church worked in the community building ramps, repairing fences, and singing at a retirement community, we were fortunate to have these nine drill, saw, paint, and assemble PETs. Other churches and community organizations are invited to join us in this meaningful activity.
On April 24, four people from AMIGA (A Mission in God’s Amor) came to the shop and picked up 10 PETs. These will be loaded into a shipping container and leave from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Schertz, TX for Honduras. The medical mission team will arrive a few weeks later to receive the PETs, medical supplies, and household goods for the people in Honduran villages.
The Windcrest Lions Club drove a San Antonio PET during their recent Fiesta Especial in April 2015
Tony Fama, host of the nationally syndicated TV program, “50 Plus Prime,” is putting stories together about Baby Boomers and the activities they pursue in their early retirement years. He has chosen PET volunteer Jodi Sell as one such subject to feature, which will air in several months from now. The show currently airs locally on WOAI-TV on Sunday mornings at 6:30 a.m. While at our workshop, Tony was impressed with the concept of our specialty wheelchairs and obtained additional video of our production and interviews with other volunteers for a later story. Pictured here is Tony with PET volunteer Jodi Sell, along with Tony trying out a PET.
On April 11, 2015 we were fortunate to have members of the Windcrest Lions Club join us to assemble PETs and various front end parts. Nan and David put assembled three full PETs. Don and Tim put together chains and front fork assemblies with Bill’s help Everyone had a blast and we look forward to this group being with us in an ongoing basis.
We delivered 30 PETs to PET Austin to be consolidated with Brazos Valley PETs for delivery to Nigeria. Getting everything on the trailer can be loads of fun.
Students from the Pre-Pharmacy Association at the University of the Incarnate Word came to the PET San Antonio, TX workshop on February 21, 2015 to help us build PETS.
On November 29, we loaded a Dole Fruit Company shipping container (18-wheeler) with 117 PETs to sail out of Freeport, TX with a destination of Honduras. This was a combined effort of PET Austin, PET Brazos Valley, and PET San Antonio who all contributed PETs for this shipment. Thanks to Dole for the free shipping and to all who helped load the container. At the receiving and distribution end in Honduras will be the mission groups, Arms of Mercy and Jesus is Real.
Seun Oke, a PET-user for the past 9 years from Nigeria, arrived in San Antonio as scheduled on October 23. Seun is visiting in the US, with plans on returning to her clerical job in Nigeria later in November. Pictured here is Seun on a borrowed PET at the San Antonio Zoo. A luncheon in her honor followed at the PET San Antonio workshop.
Ken McGinnis (pictured here) and Rob Remig, volunteers with PET San Antonio, delivered another four PETs to the Del Rio (Texas) Host Lions Club on October 9, 2014. The Del Rio Host Lions have been successful in taking the PET wheelchairs across the border into Mexico for distribution to disabled people in that country. Following lunch, Ken and Rob made a presentation to the Lions, although this Club is no stranger to PET and has been getting PETs into Mexico for several years. We enjoy this close working relationship with the Lions.