Scott Johnston from the North Coast News interviewed me today to help celebrate reaching the amazing milestone of helping 5,000 people. As we were talking about where we came from, I got to thinking about where we want to go. What will North Beach Medical Equipment be doing five years from now? I would love to say that we will be out of business because nobody needed us, sadly, I don't think that will happen. I believe that in five years, we will be approaching 15,000 people helped. I hope that we will have financial support smoothed out so that we can focus on helping people and not worrying about paying the bills.
I think that our service area will have expanded and may even have offices in other locations. We will be able to help people with financial things like building a wheelchair ramp or getting that special piece of equipment so little Suzie can go to school with her friends. I think that we will have people with disabilities on staff here, doing what they can, working when they can, and bringing much needed income and self-esteem into their lives. I believe that we will be working on Do-It-Yourself prosthetic attachments and other tools to make people's lives better. We may even have our own building so that we are not at the whim of a landlord.
Looking back over the first five years, and how we have stumbled and strained yet still surpassed our wildest dreams, I know that the next five years will be simply amazing!
And to those folks that advised me to close up shop and get a job flipping burgers, there are several thousand people who would disagree.
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Rich Lindquist is Founder, President and Wheelchair Wrangler at North Beach Medical Equipment in Ocean Shores, WA.