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Into New Hands

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TRCIL accepts donations of durable medical equipment (DME) which is then redistributed, for a small fee, to people with disabilities.  There is no charge for equipment for Veterans.

Individuals who need home medical equipment and who have limited insurance coverage and/or financial resources are able to obtain the necessary devices through a REUTILIZATION program called “Into New Hands”.  Into New Hands was started by several Pittsburgh area social service agencies and health care institutions. Our goal is to reutilize equipment from those who have it and no longer need it to those who need it and do not have it.

Since its beginning, this program has distributed equipment to an average of three hundred (300) individuals per year valued at $70,000 per year.  Those individuals who donate equipment to our system receive a receipt for a tax deductible charitable donation for the value of the items donated.

Types of equipment distributed through our system include (but are not limited to):

  • Walkers
  • Reachers
  • Elevated Toilet Seats
  • Wheelchairs (Manual or Power)
  • Over-the-bed Tables
  • Tub Rails
  • Grab Bars
  • Hoyer Lifts
  • Bedside Commodes
  • Communication Device

The Into New Hands Program also maintains a 911 Emergency Cellular Telephone Distribution Program.

ELIGIBILITY:

Individuals who do not have insurance coverage for devices are eligible to receive pre-owned equipment.  For those under age 18, specific items may not be furnished unless a written prescription is furnished (i.e. a wheelchair which requires specific adaptations).

If specific types of equipment are provided, the person under 18 must be assessed by a qualified therapist.

All requests are considered on an individual basis.  All items are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.  Distributions from the 911 Emergency Cellular Telephone Program is by appointment only, Monday through Friday 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT:

Tax deductible donations may be made payable to:

TRCIL- Into New Hands Program
900 Rebecca Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15221-2938

For questions regarding this service or these programs,
call 412-371-7700 ext. 140, TTY 412-371-6230 or email Christina Chamberlain at cchamberlain@trcil.org