For over 28 years, Project MEND has a rich history rooted deep in San Antonio. Founded in 1992 by Murlin Johnson (1936-2007) and formally incorporated in 1993 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Project MEND, also known as the “Medical Equipment Network for those with Disabilities,” has been providing for the home medical equipment and assistive technology needs of persons with disabilities in San Antonio and around Texas.
Mr. Johnson was born with a rare progressive Vitamin D deficiency resulting in his inability to walk without assistance. While volunteering with the Texas Department of Human Services, Mr. Johnson observed a lack of medical equipment and knew that used medical equipment was often stored or discarded.
Seeing the need and the solution, our innovative medical equipment reuse program was born.
Project MEND is committed to improving the quality of life for individuals living with disabilities and illness through the refurbishment, reuse and distribution of medical equipment and other assistive technology.
Believing that mobility and independence are basic human rights, Project MEND promotes the health and self-sufficiency of people living with disabilities or life-altering illness by providing innovative solutions that assist in overcoming obstacles and barriers.
For 27 years, Project MEND has provided medical equipment for the community’s most vulnerable people. Founded in 1992, Project MEND helps thousands of individuals in need acquire the right tools to overcome or better manage a disability.
Project MEND engages in ongoing outreach and fundraising efforts to ensure program sustainability. Key to our success is developing and maintaining relationships with community partners, keeping informed of the needs of individuals living with disabilities, and strong strategic leadership through a diverse staff and board of directors. 85 cents of every donated dollar is invested back into our community.
Director of Operations
Community Engagement Manager
Freddie Zapata, Jr.
Distribution & Logistics Manager
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Senior Associate,STREAM Realty
Partner & Chief Ideation Officer, GDC Marketing & Ideation
CPA, Akin, Doherty, Klein, and Fuege
Secretary of the Board
Executive Operational Planning Manager, USAA
Chief Culture Officer, GDC Marketing & Ideation
Associate, Jackson Walker, LLP
Sr. Vice President, Chief Information Officer University Health System- Information Services
Cathy Valdez, CEO