Renee Juelfs, who works at the Good Health Will store in Loveland, says she has a rewarding job helping people with medical needs.
“I have never had so much fun. I can’t call it work, ”she said recently.
But for people with medical needs, Good Health Will is serious business.
The 501 (c) 3 nonprofit, which has stores in Loveland and Greeley, receives donations of medical supplies and equipment and sells them cheaply to those in need.
The process begins with the members of the community.
Juelfs said that when people no longer need the medical equipment they bought, they often want to find someone else who can benefit from it.
“They hate throwing this wheelchair away,” she said. “They want him to go to someone who needs him.”
Prices may depend on the item and its use. A walker can cost $ 10. A hospital bed can cost $ 200.
For large items, staff can look up the list price and divide it by four, or by two if it’s brand new, out of the box.
Juelfs said that in her six years with Good Health Will, she has seen most clients learn of the nonprofit’s existence either through friends through word-of-mouth or by their doctor’s office.
Sometimes people call from the emergency room to ask if there are black boots available. And sometimes when they have surgery planned, they get a list of the items they’ll need while recovering and come pick them up, Juelfs said.
About 50% of customers who entered the Loveland store in the past month were new to the nonprofit, she said.
Juelfs said the store also maintains an onward payment fund and staff can offer additional discounts if someone can’t afford what they need.
The association helps fill a need of people facing short or long term medical needs and their associated costs, which it can only do with donations from the community.
“There are more and more donations,” Juelfs said.
Katie Diel, deputy director of Good Health Will, answered the following questions for The Reporter-Herald.
1) What services do you offer in northern Colorado?
Good Health Will is a local 501 (c) 3 organization that collects donated medical equipment and health care supplies and offers low cost purchase options for these items to the public at our two retail stores in Loveland and Greeley.
Everyone is welcome to visit our stores from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday to donate and / or purchase items. Additionally, we provide pickup and delivery options for bulky and hard-to-move items.
2) Have you seen the needs change during the pandemic, or have the needs changed over the years of activity?
The need for affordable medical equipment and health care supplies has remained constant over the years and even more so during the pandemic.
Fortunately, we continue to receive more donations to meet the needs of our customers.
3) What are the benefits of providing this service?
The greatest reward is seeing relief on our clients’ faces when we can provide a solution to their needs knowing that we have truly helped them during times of stress and uncertainty.
Good Health Will
Years of operation: 15.
Number of employees / volunteers: 12 employees / around 10 volunteers (between the two stores).
Address: 2003 W. Eighth St. in Loveland, and 2393 W. 27th St., Suite 528, in Greeley.
Call: 970-624-6002 in Loveland and 970-515-6935 in Greeley.
Websites: goodhealthwill.org and facebook.com/GoodHealthwill