“Many times our patients arrive from another hospital with a hospital gown and nothing else. We get patients up and into therapy on their first day when possible, but not without the proper clothes. Thanks to Assistance League, it’s one less thing that stressed-out family members have to worry about.”
Alana Shepherd, Founding Board Member of Shepherd Center
“I don’t know what we would do without the clothing donations from Assistance League of Atlanta. It is a big deal for our patients. Many of them are from far away and have no family who can be here to meet this basic need. The clothes closet allows us to remove a stressor from our patients and families so they can focus on their rehabilitation.”
Buddy Sledge, Shepherd Center Nursing Unit Manager
“When accidents happen, staff members get what they need from the clothes closet. “It’s a wonderful thing to go to that closet and grab a pair of pants,”
Gail Eckstein, Family Services Events Coordinator.
“We really appreciate your donations to our clothes closet. When patients have an emergency or need a bathing suit, we just grab something from the closet. Your sweet treats and cards mean so much to our patients who can’t go out for birthdays and whose families may live out of town.”
Katie Blair, Shepherd Center Volunteer Services Assistant
Supporting Patient Rehabilitation
Shepherd Center is a 152-bed, state-of-the-art rehabilitation facility specializing in patients with catastrophic injuries. Our Shepherd Center Patient Support supplies new clothing (long and short sleeved T-shirts as well as pants) appropriate for physical therapy to aid patients in their rehabilitation. Assistance League of Atlanta also helps patients, many of whom are far from home, celebrate birthdays with a gift of a lightweight backpack that can be used to hold supplies when on outings. The program also works with Case Management to cover the cost of a piece of durable medical equipment that a patient needs but which their insurance does not cover. During the 2022 – 2023 fiscal year Assistance League of Atlanta supported 540 patients.