Who They Are
The Southwest Lending Closet in the principal source for those needing to borrow durable medical equipment in the Southwest Valley. They have been a staple in their community for over 17 years and are a completely volunteer-run organization. They are a 501 (c) (3) organization and are proud to be able to say that administrative costs are less than 5% (for printing and postage) and the remaining 95% goes directly to helping their community. Funding is through both monetary and non-monetary donations, as well as city and corporation grants. They are supported by all of the Southwest cities including Avondale, Goodyear, Buckeye, Tolleson, and Litchfield Park and they have on their board from a member of each cities’ City Council.
Items can be borrowed for up to 90 days at no cost. The following are some of the items available:
- Shower chairs, transfer benches, bath rails
- Raised toilet seats, bedside commodes
- Crutches, walkers, wheelchairs, knee scooters, canes
- Dressing aids, reachers
- Pediatric walkers and wheelchairs
A full list of items available can be found here
How To Borrow
The Southwest Lending Closet can be reached at 623-932-1016.
They are located at 218 N Central Avenue, Avondale, AZ 85323.
Hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 9:00 AM to Noon and Tuesday, Thursday from Noon to 3:00 PM.
A valid drivers license or photo ID is all that is required. Borrowers sign a brief legal contract. Proof of residency or physician orders is not needed. Equipment is available to all, not just those living in the Southwest Valley. Delivery and pick up is not available.
How You Can Help
The Southwest Lending Closet can’t provide the services they do without the support of their community. They are accepting donations of gently used durable medical equipment (click here to see the list of loaned items). They are also accepting monetary donations for the purchase of needed equipment. They are currently seeking additional donations to assist with acquiring a computerized system for tracking equipment loans as well as for expansion and remodeling of their current building. They are always looking for volunteers to serve in long-term roles such as assisting clients, bookkeeping, and equipment maintenance as well as short-term volunteer projects such as cleaning, painting, and landscaping at their facility. Contact the Southwest Lending Closet at 623-932-1016 for more information on how you can help.
Interview with Ann DeVlaeminck, Executive Director at the Southwest Lending Closet conducted on August 29th, 2017 by Rebecca Hampton, Lead Consultant for The Aging Advocate, LLC.