Whirlwind is in its ninth year of providing free wheelchair repair to homeless people in San Francisco through the city’s model program Project Homeless Connect (PHC). Every other month, the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium is filled with thousands of homeless people receiving services from a host of volunteer organizations and municipal agencies.
Whirlwind’s Homeless Connect effort is led by lifelong SF resident Bob Incerti, who unfailingly organizes each event’s logistics and volunteers. Whirlwind staff and volunteers have fixed 728 wheelchairs, plus countless walkers and canes. They have also refurbished and given some 100 free wheelchairs to those whose chairs are beyond repair.
We’ve also made some good friends. Ralf Hotchkiss first met Rodney Bell a few years ago when Rodney was starring in an AXIS Dance Company performance. AXIS is an innovative ensemble that features performers with and without disabilities.
Ralf and Rodney reconnected by chance at PHC. In the time that had passed, Rodney had become homeless—and a client of Homeless Connect— due to a fire. Rodney now has a home and fixes wheelchairs with Whirlwind as a PHC volunteer.
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