ReCARES in Oakland

Open Hours: 
Fridays, 12 PM-4 PM
2619 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612. In the underground parking lot behind the 1st Presbyterian Church.
Entrance via 27th St. 
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Site Manager: Jordan Woolsey

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Receive Equipment & Supplies

How does it work?

1 – Before coming to ReCARES

Make a list of the healthcare equipment and supplies you need.

Make sure you know the estimated size of the person who will use it.

2 – Coming to ReCARES

Pick the ReCARES location that is more convenient for you.

You can find the address and open hours of our 3 locations by clicking here.

Arrive during open hours and line up.

Remember: if you are unable to come, someone else can do it for you and pick up what you need.

3 – At ReCARES

When is your turn at the line, a volunteer will work with you.

The volunteer will do their best to find what you need. We give as much as we can depending on the number of items available.

The volunteer will ask you to sign a liability waiver, but they won’t ask for your ID or insurance information.

Information for Donors of Equipment

All items must be in excellent condition and clean with no damage, dirt, corrosion, stains, or rust. If you would take the item home to your mother then likely we will be able to reassign it back out.  Please check the undersides of the equipment and clean them if necessary. If any of your items are past their usefulness, please consider placing them in your recycle or debris bin as our bins are limited.

We usually accept donations of:

  • Incontinence supplies (Pull up briefs, Tape On briefs, Chux, Insert pads)

Items we don’t accept:

  • Walking boots
  • Knee/back/arm/leg braces
  • Pharmaceuticals & IV fluids and supplies
  • Feeding supplements
  • Tube feeding supplies
  • Needles, syringes
  • Ostomy supplies
  • Drainage supplies
  • Urinary supplies
  • Respiratory supplies include oxygen tanks, opened tubing, CPAP machines, and CPAP supplies. To donate this kind of item please try contacting Breathe California.

Do you accept electric wheelchairs and/or scooters?

No, we do not have the capacity for these items. If you would like to donate a working electric wheelchair or scooter, we suggest you contact the Center for Independent Living or NorCal SCI. These organizations might be able to help you.

Do you accept indoor stairlifts?

No, we do not accept them at this time.

Do you accept large equipment, such as hospital beds and Hoyer lifts?

We do not have the storage space to accept these large items. However, we can try to match you with someone in need of a hospital bed or Hoyer lift. If you would like us to help, please fill out this form* and we will contact you soon. *Please notice this form requires you to sign in using a Gmail account.

Sometimes, our volunteers might still reject “commonly accepted” items when you bring them to the site. We understand that this might be frustrating, but we ask you to understand that these decisions are made in order to better serve our operations. There are many reasons why we can’t accept them right now, such as:

  • Storage Space
  • Overstock
  • Little demand or no takers
  • Safety or hygiene-related concerns

Please, help us help by respecting these restrictions. You can click here to learn about other organizations that might accept the items we don’t take.