About Alternatives in Motion
Alternatives in Motion strives to provide quality used wheelchairs, and routine wheelchair repair services to individuals and families demonstrating financial need; in order to promote healthy, independent, and active lifestyles.
The vision of Alternatives in Motion is that everyone should be able to participate in this free society and not be limited by mobility needs due to disability or lack of physical ability.
Alternatives in Motion was founded in 1995 by Johnnie Tuitel and George Ranville to provide for unmet mobility needs. After recovering from a major surgery, Johnnie learned he needed a new wheelchair and that his insurance company had denied him coverage for it. Johnnie was furious because he knew if this was happening to him, it was happening to others. Johnnie teamed up with George Ranville, a Grand Rapids native, who went through a similar experience getting a chair for his brother-in-law. The two started raising money and making their cause known. Since that time Alternatives in Motion has grown tremendously and has been able to help people in 130 Michigan communities and 17 other states. While Johnnie has since left the organization to pursue other opportunities and interests, our staff, board, and volunteers are passionately committed to Moving People Forward!