Are there any requirements to get items from ReCARES?
No. All people are welcome. At times we need to help those in the greatest need first, such as the homeless and uninsured.
What does it cost?
There is no charge for the items we give away. Financial donations are always welcome. We do not rent, sell, or loan equipment.
What do you have?
We almost always have: canes, commodes, shower chairs, crutches, standard two-wheeled walkers, toilet risers, cushions, blood pressure monitors, diabetic test equipment, nebulizers, CPAP, BiPAP, occupational therapy supplies like as sock aids and dressing sticks, ice machines, briefs, chux, gauze, cleansers.
Do you have indoor stair lifts?
No. We recommend Accessible Home Lift Company in Alameda, 510-521-9526.
What items are in short supply?
Tub transfer benches, wheelchairs, and four-wheeled walkers with seats and brakes. Requests for these items far exceed available donations. We try our best to prioritize for those in the greatest need. Because there are so many people looking for these items we no longer are able to keep waiting lists.
Do you have power wheelchairs and electric scooters?
No, If you are homeless and a Berkeley resident we recommend: Easy Does It. 510-845-5513
Is there paperwork to sign?
You are asked to sign a liability waiver when you receive equipment from us. The equipment is yours to do with as you wish however we ask you not to sell it. Give it away or re-donate it to our program when you no longer need it.
Will you deliver?
No. We have no vehicles and our volunteers are unable to lift or move items. We recommend you contact a friend or family member to pick up on your behalf.
Are you open every week?
Yes, we only close on major holidays such as Christmas or Thanksgiving.
Can you repair broken items?
It depends on the availability and skills of volunteers at each site. We do not have a budget to make repairs or buy parts.