Since 1994, Hope Haven International Ministries (HHIM) has delivered wheelchairs to those in need around the world. Each wheelchair is selected and custom fitted for the recipient based on their unique needs. Physical Therapists and other specialists travel with HHIM on wheelchair distribution trips to ensure that each wheelchair is tailored to the specifications of the end user. Families are also trained and given information on how to assist the new wheelchair recipient on usage and proper care. See below for a few of the types of wheelchairs that are distributed to individuals with disabilities worldwide.
Hope Haven KidChair
Our KidChair was designed with combined efforts from engineering students at Dordt College and rehabilitation engineers and specialists. It’s created in three sizes and easily adapts to a variety of children’s shapes, sizes, and positioning needs. The KidChair was inspected by an independent evaluation firm called Beneficial Designs in Minden, NV. The equipment “cleared all requirements” for a person up to 120 lbs. The testing included: drop tests, static test, impact test, and fatigue tests, with every portion of the wheelchair measured and analyzed. Also, it meets the durability needs of very challenging environments, such as unpaved roads and uneven sidewalks. You can sponsor this specific wheelchair here by checking the "$275 Kidchair" option.
Thousands of volunteers, many of them senior citizens, invest their retirement years and bring a lifetime of expertise and skill to repairing and refurbishing used wheelchairs, crafting new chair cushions, and sewing wheelchair accessories.
Wheelchairs provide people with disabilities the mobility, inclusion, and care they deserve and need. Our ministry provides quality wheelchairs that are safety-tested and tailored to meet the needs and size of each individual, giving people the opportunity to live a fulfilling life! You can sponsor this specific wheelchair here by checking the "$100 Refurbished" option.
Wheelchairs are collected throughout the continent and sent to wheelchair workshops in the Midwest.
Volunteers in Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota – along with inmates from the South Dakota State Penitentiary – manufacture, rebuild, and repair donated wheelchairs to nearly new condition.
New and rebuilt wheelchairs are gathered, prepared for distribution at our International Ministries center, and shipped to their designated country.
A dedicated group of professionals – therapists, rehab specialists, volunteers – travel from around the world to help custom fit each wheelchair to the recipient.