EPI-HAB “Shares the Love” with $10,000 Donation to Phoenix Children’s Hospital

The word “love” gets thrown out a lot around Valentine’s Day, but EPI-HAB Phoenix, Inc. spent the holiday week showing what compassion looks like in action.

Matt Redmann, EPI-HAB’s Executive Director, presented a $10,000 check to Dr. Varina Boerwinkle of Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The donation will support the global medical community leader’s research in targeting hard-to-treat tumors that cause epilepsy.

 

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It was the latest donation of the organization’s “Six Decades of Service” celebration.  EPI-HAB is giving a total of $60,000 to local nonprofits throughout 2018. To-date, EPI-HAB has also made donations to Lura Turner Homes and The Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona.

“A great many employees (past and present), local businesses and individuals worked together to make EPI-HAB thrive and provide six decades of meaningful employment opportunities for those with epilepsy and other challenges,” said Redmann. “Leading EPI-HAB into our 60th anniversary celebration, I could not be more proud. To give back to our fellow nonprofits, what better way to say ‘thank you’ to our customers, friends and community for supporting us since 1958?”

EPI-HAB was founded with the mission to provide meaningful employment to individuals with epilepsy by performing valued work for customers. Over the last six decades, as epilepsy seizure treatment significantly improved. EPI-HAB expanded its mission to welcome employees living with other challenges, such as hearing impairment physical limitations and mild intellectual disabilities

Typical work focuses on hand labor skills, with EPI-HAB often operating as a customer’s production plant and warehouse; receiving, storing and fulfilling orders.

 

EPI-HAB: Your Go-To Resource for All Your Hand Labor Needs

EPI-HAB focuses on the abilities of its employees, not their disabilities, and performs valued work for businesses, large and small, assisting with a wide range of affordable hand labor and other business solutions, like bulk mailings,  inspection and cleaningcustom packagingstorage and order fulfillment. For example:

– EPI-HAB assists The Bra Recyclers with the collection and sorting of gently–used bras which are redistributed to needy recipients, both domestically and internationally.

– EPI-HAB supports Maricopa County Department of Public Health by receiving/storing and then fulfilling orders for a vast array of health and safety items used by the county’s educational system.

– EPI-HAB helps Vinotive by receiving, storing and order fulfillment for its wide variety of innovative wine-related products. The EPI-HAB team also performs some assembly and inspection services as needed.

From simple hand labor to complex assembly, EPI-HAB can do it all! Are you wondering how EPI-HAB can help your company? Contact us today to learn more: 602-254-7027

Looking to follow EPI-HAB’s journey to 60? The recipients and the purpose of the “Six Decades of Service” donations will be showcased within blogsemail marketing and EPI-HAB’s social media pages as the gifts are given.

 

EPI-HAB Announces “Six Decades of Service” Donation to Arizona’s 5K for Epilepsy

Staying true to our organization’s values, EPI-HAB Phoenix, Inc. is a proud supporter of the Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona.  In September, we made a donation to support the Waves of Change for Epilepsy Gala and now (pictured) a donation for the Epilepsy Foundation’s 5k for Epilepsy to be held in March.

The Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona is EPI-HAB’s second gift recipient in our “Six Decades of Service Celebration.”

 

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About Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona

Since 1973, the Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona has been committed to the welfare of those suffering from epilepsy.  The organization works to prevent and cure seizure disorders, alleviate their effects and promote independence and optimal quality of life for individuals battling these disorders. The Foundation has developed free community support programs for people affected by epilepsy as well as public education programs.

 

EPI-HAB Supports Individuals Living with Epilepsy and its Many Challenges

At EPI-HAB, we provide meaningful employment for individuals with epilepsy and other challenges by performing valued work for our customers. Typical work focuses on our employees’ hand labor skills.

Our 501(c) 3 organization is unique in that we do not solicit donations or charitable contributions, receive any grants – government or otherwise, nor do we conduct fundraisers. EPI-HAB operates and competes, for the most part, as a for-profit business.

 

EPI-HAB’s “Six Decades of Service Celebration”

Throughout its 60 years, EPI-HAB has always been dedicated to giving back and supporting other non-profits by donating excess profits to charities. That is why, to celebrate our 60th anniversary, we have decided to donate a total of $60,000 to local not-for-profit organizations and charitable causes.

 

Join us to help spread epilepsy awareness and raise funds by walking, jogging, sauntering, or running in the 13th Annual 5k for Epilepsy on March 24, 2018!  Click here to register: https://secure.qgiv.com/event/5k-2018/

 

EPI-HAB Donates $6,000 to Lura Turner Homes

epi giftTo commemorate 60 years in business, EPI-HAB Phoenix, Inc. announced this month it will donate a total of $60,000 to local nonprofits during the coming months.

This “Six Decades of Service” celebration began with a donation to Lura Turner Homes (LTH).  A $6,000 gift allowed LTH’s Civitan House to comply with new utility requirements the organization neither anticipated nor had the financial resources to satisfy. With EPI-HAB’s donation, the upgrades were completed and approved by the utility inspector.

“EPI-HAB and LTH have maintained a long, rewarding relationship,” said EPI-HAB Executive Director Matt Redmann. “LTH has provided our organization with several employees as well as a board member.”

Who does EPI-HAB employ?

EPI-HAB was founded in 1958 with the mission to provide meaningful employment to individuals with epilepsy by performing valued work for customers. Over the last six decades, as epilepsy seizure treatment significantly progressed, EPI-HAB expanded its mission to welcome employees living with other challenges, such as hearing impairment, physical limitations and mild intellectual disabilities.

Typical work focuses on hand labor skills, with EPI-HAB often operating as a customer’s production plant and warehouse; receiving, storing and fulfilling orders. All employees are paid at or above minimum wage and are provided the option of a flexible work schedule.

What makes EPI-HAB unique?

epi2EPI-HAB, a 501(c) 3 organization, has always conducted its business as an atypical not-for-profit.  The organization does not solicit donations or charitable contributions, receive any grants – government or otherwise, nor does it conduct fundraisers. EPI-HAB operates and competes, for the most part, as a for-profit business selling its employees’ highly-valued hand labor services. With that revenue stream, wages and benefits are paid, materials and supplies are purchased, and investments are made in capital improvements. Moreover, excess profits made are donated to other not-for-profit organizations which share similar objectives.

 

About Lura Turner Homes

Lura Turner Homes’ strong history of providing a safe, enriching and loving environment for adults living with disabilities in the Phoenix area aligns with EPI-HAB’s commitment to the community. Founded in 1965, the organization emphasizes a family-like atmosphere, encourages the development of a strong, positive work ethic, and offers recreational and cultural activities and community involvement opportunities to its residents. Learn more about LTH here.


 

Looking to follow EPI-HAB’s journey to 60?

The recipients and the purpose of the “Six Decades of Service” donations will be showcased within blogsemail marketing and EPI-HAB’s social media pages as the gifts are given.

For more information about EPI-HAB, visit www.epihab.org.

 

EPI-HAB to Donate a Total of $60,000 to Local Not-For-Profit Organizations and Charitable Causes

As EPI-HAB approaches its 60th anniversary, we would like to celebrate and reflect upon the valued service and meaningful work we have provided to companies and individuals within our Greater Phoenix Metropolitan community. Over our “Six Decades of Service,” we’ve come a long way from our humble beginnings but have always remained true to our mission.

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EPI-HAB’s History

In 1958, a group of business and medical professionals came together, and EPI-HAB Phoenix Inc. was founded with the initial goal of providing meaningful employment to individuals with epilepsy. As the medical industry made strides in the control of epileptic seizures, EPI-HAB (epileptic habitat) grew to welcome individuals with other challenges, such as hearing impairment, physical limitations, and mild mental challenges. EPI-HAB has always focused on the abilities of employees, not their disabilities, and has grown to support a variety of businesses of all sizes by providing a wide range of valued hand labor.

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A Different Way of Doing Business

EPI-HAB has always conducted its business in a way that is unique for not-for-profit companies. EPI-HAB has not solicited donations, conducted fundraisers, or sought grants. It has always sold the “hand labor services” of employees to pay for wages and benefits, purchase materials, and invest in improvements.

Throughout its 60 years, EPI-HAB has always been dedicated to giving back and supporting other non-profits by donating excess profits to charities. That is why, to celebrate our 60th anniversary, we have decided to donate a total of $60,000 to local not-for-profit organizations and charitable causes.

Looking to follow our journey to 60?

The recipients and the purpose of the donations will be showcased within blogsemail marketing and EPI-HAB’s social media pages as the gifts are given.

For more information about EPI-HAB, visit www.epihab.org.

EPI-HAB Celebrates 2017’s Accomplishments at its Annual Christmas Party

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EPI-HAB Phoenix, Inc. stopped operations at noon last Friday to ring in the holiday season with its annual company Christmas celebration.  More than 70 people attended the year-end bash, including EPI-HAB staff, customers, vendors, past employees and board members. The event featured a buffet-style feast, with every guest bringing a favorite dish to pass alongside a traditional spread of turkey, ham and gravy provided by Affordable Catering.

“2017 was an exceptional year for EPI-HAB, and our Christmas party is one of the ways we express our gratitude and recognize each team member’s contribution to the organization’s success,” said Matt Redmann, EPI-HAB’s Executive Director.

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The celebration was warm. It was relaxed. It was an excellent time to reflect on how lucky we are to do what we do while providing meaningful employment for individuals with epilepsy and other challenges. It was Christmas.

In the spirit of the holidays, we’d also like to extend our warmest appreciation to our customers for their continued loyalty and support. We wish you a very merry Christmas and all the best in 2018! Every day, we look forward to serving you!

 

5 Facts You Should Know About Epilepsy

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November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month. Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disease in the U.S., yet it remains misunderstood by many. Below are five facts everyone should know about epilepsy.

 

  1. Epilepsy is a neurological disorder.

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder in which brain activity becomes abnormal, causing seizures or periods of unusual behavior. It is diagnosed when a person has two or more seizures that cannot be attributed to another condition.

 

  1. Often times, the cause of these seizures is unknown.

The four most common causes of epilepsy are head trauma, stroke, brain tumor, and brain infection. However, the cause of epilepsy is unknown in about 70 percent of cases.

 

  1. Epilepsy can occur at any age.

It is most common, however, in children and older adults.

 

  1. Seizure symptoms can vary widely.

Since epilepsy is caused by abnormal activity in the brain, seizures can affect any process the brain coordinates. This means that symptoms can appear in a variety of different ways. However, most people with epilepsy tend to have the same type of seizure every time.

 

979d7ea52227c9b407867ea6bbd7316aThese symptoms include temporary confusion, staring spells, uncontrollable jerking movements, loss of consciousness or awareness, hallucinations, speech impairment, or psychiatric symptoms such as fear, anxiety or déjà vu.

 

  1. Approximately three million Americans have epilepsy.

One in 26 people in the U.S. will develop epilepsy in their lifetime.

 

EPI-HAB Supports Individuals Living with Epilepsy and its Many Challenges

At EPI-HAB, we provide meaningful employment opportunities for individuals with epilepsy. Typical work focuses on hand labor skills, and employees are paid at or above minimum wage with flexible hours.

epi2-1024x684Our 501(c) 3 organization is unique in that we do not solicit donations or charitable contributions, receive any grants – government or otherwise, nor do we conduct fundraisers. EPI-HAB operates and competes, for the most part, as a for-profit business.

Alongside our organization’s own efforts to increase the quality of life for Arizonans living with epilepsy, we donate excess profits to charities like the Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona to advance the study of the disorder.

For more information about EPI-HAB, visit www.epihab.org.

 

Sources:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/epilepsy/symptoms-causes/syc-20350093

https://www.aesnet.org/for_patients/facts_figures#Two

https://www.efepa.org/get-involved/neam/

EPI-HAB Supports Disabled Adults by Participating in Lura Turner Homes Golf Tournament

In September, EPI-HAB Phoenix Inc., a non-profit/501(c) 3 organization, sponsored a foursome (three customers and EPI-HAB’s Executive Director) to compete in The 21st Annual Lura Turner Homes Golf Tournament.

All proceeds from the golf tournament benefit the Lura Turner Homes’ mission: to house and care for adults living with developmental disabilities in Phoenix. Founded in 1965, Lura Turner Homes provides adults with disabilities a safe, enriching and loving environment. The organization emphasizes a family-like atmosphere, encourages the development of a strong, positive work ethic, and offers recreational and cultural activities and community involvement opportunities.

“Participating in the tournament is a way to invest in our community’s network of non-profits, a way to ‘thank’ our customers and a way to support Lura Turner Homes specifically, who on occasion, has provided us with employees,” summarized Matt Redmann, EPI-HAB’s Executive Director.

EPI-HAB was proud to tee off alongside three of our customers/community partners, Johnny Mitchell of The Bra Recyclers, Omar Hankton of Maricopa County Department of Public Health and Stephen Thomson of Vinotive-Innovative Wine Products.  Matt Redmann hosted the foursome.

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About EPI-HAB Phoenix, Inc.

EPI-HAB is a totally self-sufficient, not-for-profit company focused on providing meaningful employment for individuals with epilepsy and other challenges.  We achieve this primarily through our hand labor services. EPI-HAB is unique in that we do not solicit donations or charitable contributions.  We do not receive any grants – government or otherwise, and we do not hold fundraisers.  We operate and compete, for the most part, as a for-profit business, donating excess profits to local charities.

EPI-HAB focuses on the abilities of its employees, not their disabilities, and performs valued work for businesses, large and small, assisting with a wide range of affordable hand labor and other business solutions, like bulk mailings,  inspection and cleaningcustom packagingstorage and order fulfillment. For example:

– EPI-HAB assists The Bra Recyclers with the collection and sorting of gently–used bras which are redistributed to needy recipients, both domestically and internationally.

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– EPI-HAB supports Maricopa County Department of Public Health by receiving/storing and then fulfilling orders for a vast array of health and safety items used by our county’s educational system.

– EPI-HAB helps Vinotive by receiving, storing and order fulfillment for its wide variety of innovative wine-related products. We also perform some assembly and inspection services as needed.

From simple hand labor to complex assembly, EPI-HAB can do it all! Are you wondering how EPI-HAB can help your company? Check out this short video summary hosted by Matt Redmann.

EPI-HAB Supports Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona, Attends Gala

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Staying true to our organization’s values, EPI-HAB Phoenix, Inc. recently sponsored a table at the Waves of Change for Epilepsy Gala. Four board members and their guests as well as EPI-HAB controller Torrey Rogers and his guest represented our organization’s commitment to the Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona.

The Great Gatsby-themed event took place at the Mountain Shadows Resort with the goal of raising money to support epilepsy education, awareness and advocacy through the Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona. The gala also featured a presentation from Stacia Kalinoski, an Emmy award-winning video journalist and creator of “Brainstorm,” a documentary telling the stories of three individuals battling epilepsy.

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“The room was energized with lots of swanky dressed guests, the presenters were well prepared, and Stacia Kalinoski told a compelling story about her experience with epilepsy,” said Rogers. “What I enjoyed the most was being part of a worthwhile cause. We were honored to attend the gala.”

c1Since 1973, the Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona has been committed to the welfare of those suffering from epilepsy. The organization works to prevent and cure seizure disorders, alleviate their effects, and promote independence and optimal quality of life for individuals battling the disorders. The Foundation has developed free community support programs for people affected by epilepsy as well as public education programs. Events like September’s gala are vital to funding the many programs and services offered by the Foundation.

Epilepsy in Arizona

Epilepsy is a generic term for a group of diseases characterized by recurring seizures. A seizure is a sudden surge of electrical activity in the brain that usually affects how a person feels or acts for a short period of time. Severe symptoms can include violent shaking and loss of control.

More than 66,000 Arizonans suffer from the disease; yet it remains one of the most misunderstood health issues. Even after receiving treatment, half of the people suffering from epilepsy continue having seizures. Many have trouble with employment, transportation and social interaction.

EPI-HAB Supports Individuals Living with Epilepsy and its Many Challenges

At EPI-HAB, we provide meaningful employment opportunities for individuals with epilepsy. Typical work focuses on hand labor skills, and employees are paid at or above minimum wage with flexible hours.

Our 501(c) 3 organization is unique in that we do not solicit donations or charitable contributions, receive any grants – government or otherwise, nor do we conduct fundraisers. EPI-HAB operates and competes, for the most part, as a for-profit business.

“Alongside our organization’s own efforts to increase the quality of life for Arizonans living with epilepsy, we are pleased to donate excess profits to charities like the Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona to advance the study of the disorder,” said Rogers.

To learn more about the team at EPI-HAB Phoenix, Inc., please visit our website.

If you’d like to get involved in the Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona’s mission, click here.

EPI-HAB Employee Demonstrates Perseverance while Balancing Work and School

EPI-HAB Phoenix Inc.’s staff of expert assemblers and supervisor superheroes is united around a single goal: “to provide meaningful employment for individuals with epilepsy and other challenges by performing valued work for area businesses.” Each member of this hardworking dream team brings a unique skill to his or her role and has an interesting story to tell.

Throughout this blog’s series of employee spotlights, we look to introduce our staff to business partners and readers while showcasing their achievements. You’ll learn what they do (on and off the clock) and how they make our organization an outstanding one.

August’s employee spotlight features Fransisco A. Garcia, an assembler at EPI-HAB:

Fransisco has been working at EPI-HAB since 2015. He started his career in the packaging and shipping department. However, after a few months, he was promoted to assembly. Fransisco is currently assembling four to five types of products for EPI-HAB customer Heckler Design. He also supports other departments, operating the forklift and pallet jack and will sometimes fill in as a truck driver. Fransisco is a standout employee, often arriving thirty minutes early to review his schedule and prepare for the day ahead.

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So, what has kept Fransisco at EPI-HAB over the last two years?

“The people at EPI-HAB are very friendly, and I like the variety of jobs I am assigned,” he said.

Fransisco also recently enrolled in courses at UEI College to earn a degree in Information Technology. Working full time and pursuing a degree isn’t easy, but Fransisco does it with a can-do, positive attitude. He has his sights set on the horizon.

“After I graduate, I want to attend boot camp to narrow down my fields of study,” he said. “I see myself working at Microsoft or Google.”

Why did you choose to pursue a degree in Information Technology?

F: I like to challenge myself, and I also enjoy gaming and keeping up with current technology. I’ve always wanted to be involved in tech—so, I figured, “Why not go to college and get a job in the field?”

What is the most challenging aspect of attending college?

F: It’s been a huge personal sacrifice. I’ve given up lots of free time and sleep preparing for classes. Studying for tests has also been challenging. For me, it’s like learning another language.

What class have you enjoyed the most?

F: I started attending two months ago and finished two modules. The first module was an introduction to computers. The second module was Server Administration. At this point, Server Administration is my favorite class because I see how important servers are and my role in the process.

What are some other life achievements, successes or milestones you take pride in?

F: Graduating from high school, getting my driver’s license, owning a car, and being independent

What is the best advice you’ve ever received? Why is it important?

F: A classmate told me “always be better than the next guy.” It’s important to me because his advice has driven me to work harder.

What is something interesting most people don’t know about you?

F: I have to work twice as hard as my classmates because of my learning disability. Also, I like 80’s music, and Elton John is one of my favorite artists.

About EPI-HAB:
EPI-HAB brings more than 59 years of experience and energy to fulfillment, assembly and inspectionfull-service mail processing, and storage. As a 501(c) 3 organization, it is totally self-sufficient while providing meaningful employment opportunities for individuals with epilepsy and other challenges.  EPI-HAB focuses on the abilities of its employees, not their disabilities, and performs valued work for businesses, large and small, assisting them with a assembly of medical devices to order fulfillment.

 

Meet the Team: An Interview with EPI-HAB Employee Yanet Velazquez

Two years ago, we kicked off a series of blogs and e-blasts introducing EPI-HAB Phoenix Inc.’s hardworking employees to our readers, partners and friends. These employee spotlights help us recognize their milestones and achievements and showcase our team’s diverse backgrounds, interests and talents. Plus, it provides a better picture of our company when employees can share stories in their own words.

July’s employee spotlight features Yanet Velazquez, an assembler at EPI-HAB.


Since 1958, EPI-HAB has helped companies save time, money and space with its hand labor solutions; including mailingsinspection/cleaningassembly and custom packagingstorage and order fulfillment. Salt River Project Power, for example, ships its M-Power units to EPI-HAB multiple times a day. Our team strips the units of their packaging, sorts them by model and scans in the units’ PINs which are relayed to SRP daily.

Yanet then “scopes” each unit for operational defects. The M-Power units that pass inspection are reset, which clears any personal data from a unit’s memory, and then sent to be deep cleaned.

Yanet has been working at EPI-HAB for five years and says she enjoys working for the organization because of its culture and environment.

“I am very proud of the family I have constructed at EPI-HAB, and I am thankful to have a stable job where I feel comfortable every day,” Yanet said. “I’m also very proud to have had the opportunity to come to the United States.”

Yanet’s energy and passion for trying new things and seeking new opportunities make her an asset at EPI-HAB. Outside of work, you will find her singing Karaoke, dancing the salsa, meringue, or bachata to Caribbean music, and planning her next big trip! Earlier this summer, Yanet traveled to Cuba.

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Why did you choose to travel to Cuba?
Y: I am Cuban, and I went to visit family and friends.

What are some of your favorite memories from the trip?
Y: Traveling to Cuba is an unforgettable experience. I went to the beautiful beaches with my family, walked through Old Havana, and visited “Gran Teatro de La Habana.”

Did anything surprise you during your travels?
Y: I know Cuba and its culture, and it is beautiful to return after years of not going. I am excited to see its streets again someday.

What about the country stands out the most to you?
Y: The essence of Cuba’s people, the joy in spite of the difficulties, and the courage that solves the problems

What was your favorite Cuban meal or food?
Y: My favorite Cuban foods are congris (rice and beans), roasted pork, fried bananas and Cuban tamales.

Where would you like to travel next?
Y: I would like to travel to Hawaii because it is a fantastic place according to my friends’ stories!

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EPI-HAB is centrally located at 2125 W. Fillmore Street, Phoenix Arizona 85009, with easy accessibility to all Phoenix locations and throughout Arizona. To learn more about how we work, check out our story here.

Interested in starting a career with EPI-HAB? Click here for more information.