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Hands of Hope NW basic need assistance programs.

The main services available from Hands of Hope NW involve the distribution of medical supplies and equipment as well as free food. They also offer referrals and have a general mission to assist the unfortunate and disadvantaged members of the Canyon and Ada County community.

The non-profit relies on donations and contributions from the region. In fact, the equipment and medical supplies are donated from hospitals, local doctors and by individuals who no longer need them. These donations from generous members of the community will in fact ensure that individuals have access to any needed supplies.

Free medical supplies and equipment

Low income households as well as doctors that need healthcare items for their patients (whether in the US or overseas) are supplied medical supplies by Hands of Hope Northwest. Typical items that are available as part of the programs offered include the following. There may be free Bandages, Dressings, Tape, Sutures, alcohol wipes, Forceps, scissors, insulin, other instruments, Blood pressure cuffs, stethoscopes, CPAP machines and also Gloves.

Those are just examples of what may offered offered in Canyon County. Other supplies not listed may also be available from Hands of Hope NW. Applicants need to simply ask to make an inquiry. Even if the non-profit does not currently have goods in stock, they will try to make the goods available at the Nampa Idaho Distribution Center. The items will be shipped with the recipient paying for the costs prior to them being sent out.

Throughout the community, Hands of Hope NW believes in helping low income and uninsured patients. There is help for the disabled as well as seniors and others. All of this is done by the agency sharing necessary medical equipment. They also coordinate their programs with other community resources both locally and within the United States as needed.

Regular donations of supplies for health care needs are given to Treasure Valley and other organizations further afield. If an individual or organization would like to donate equipment that is no longer needed, it is readily accepted at Hands of Hope NW. For clients wishing to borrow, the follow are available as a loan. This means they need to be returned. Patients or doctors can be given Frames (Grab Bars), Bath chairs / Benches, Wheelchairs, breathing equipment, Crutches / canes, Commodes, and more. Even read more information on finding CPAP machines.




Hands of Hope NW loaning out this equipment helps hundreds of people as they recover after a surgery or injury. It can also be there for someone as they recover from surgery. It helps them remain mobile in Ada County with dignity especially if they need help moving around their home.

The local program is currently being run from its own Distribution Center at 1201 S. Powerline Road in Nampa. To date, there are hundreds of inventory items available and equipment may be loaned for up to 6 months to clients for a suggested donation fee. In previous years hundreds of people from the area benefited from this service.

Hands of Hope NW is the collection center for Crisis Care Kits for the Church of the Nazarene. Boxes of supplies and basic needs are for the less fortunate as well as elderly. If someone wants to donate to the program, they can drop off items at 1201 S. Powerline Rd. Nampa, ID 83686.

Referrals are also available from the non-profit. When it comes to pay for medications, the Rx Discount Card program is run through a collaboration between local county governments in Canyon as well as Ada and the National Association of Counties (NACo). It is available at participating retail pharmacies in the region. When someone uses the card, it saves people of all income levels an average of 24% on prescription drugs. Participants of this program do not require an enrollment form completion or a membership fee.

Hygiene supplies and food from Hands of Hope NW

This is more of a personal hygiene type as well as free food service. Some of what may be offered by the non-profit is as follows. The center may have hand towels, shampoo, fingernail clippers, toothbrushes, food or boxes of groceries, soap, shampoo, and much more. Some gently used clothes may be offered as well for recovery purposes. Find more details on low income clothing assistance programs.





For people who seek and want to apply for governmental benefits, such as Medicaid, SNAP food stamps, disability, or Medicare, the process can be very difficult and confusing. There are Family Support Specialists who will help clients apply for those benefits and others, like Medicaid, Housing, LIHEAP, or SNAP food stamps in Idaho.  In addition, a client’s designated Family Support Specialist will advocate for them to ensure benefits are received and maintained over time.


As noted food and other support can be provided. For more information on medical equipment to be loaned or other support, Hands of Hope NW is based at 1201 S. Powerline Rd in Nampa, Idaho. The main number is (208) 461-1473.


By Jon McNamara











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