The mission of EmmanuWheel is to provide wheelchair ramps for mobility-impaired individuals who cannot afford the cost of the ramps.
EmmanuWheel clients are people who have impaired mobility due to illnesses, accidents, birth defects, or degenerative conditions. They are referred to EmmanuWheel from different sources including hospitals, social services agencies, physician offices, outpatient clinics, rehabilitation facilities, churches, or other charitable organizations within the community. Although clients are given the opportunity to pay for materials (if able), these modifications are conducted by volunteer laborers who donate their services. EmmanuWheel does not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, or sexual orientation when providing services to clients. No client is required to convert to Christianity in order to receive service from EmmanuWheel. Although EmmanuWheel volunteers are willing to pray with a client and may ask if the client wishes someone to pray with them, no clients are required to pray in order to receive services.
It is the intention of EmmanuWheel to secure materials for needed materials through private donations. EmmanuWheel conducts its marketing and fundraising in a transparent, ethical manner reflective of Christian values.
By addressing this specific need of mobility-impaired individuals, it is the intention of EmmanuWheel to share the love of Christ in a practical way. EmmanuWheel hopes to create lasting life improvements.
EmmanuWheel began in the fall of 2009 and grew out of the Service Projects Ministry of the Lexington Church of Christ. The requests began through the director's medical contacts and kept coming. In February 2010, God laid it on the hearts of several members to start the public charity known as EmmanuWheel.
Since then, the ministry has received its Certificate of Incorporation from the State of South Carolina, obtained its 501(c)(3) letter of determination, written By-laws, seated a board of directors, received three large corporate donations, been featured in local newspapers and other media, recruited volunteers, and added church partners.