AMBUCS™ has transcended into a non-profit organization whose mission is to create mobility and independence for people with disabilities.
Today, AMBUCS™ provides AmTrykes® (adaptive tricycles).
These goals combined with the spirit of service displayed by its members helped spark the interest of local a businessman DAVE UPTON. He restarted the Birmingham Chapter of AMBUCS in October of 2007. Without his passion to make a difference in children with disabilities’ lives, we would not be here today without his generosity and his love for his Lord and those around him.
Since Dave eased away from the leadership of Birmingham AMBUCS, it has been led by several directors over the last three years. Greg Echols took over as executive Director in February 2016. Since October of 2007, Birmingham AMBUCS has distributed $420,000 worth of bikes and trykes. Birmingham AMBUCS owns a building in Vestavia that houses six other non-profit organizations as well.
Our goal is to make a difference in as many lives as possible. It is such a joy to see children with disabilities being able to be mobile, many for the first time in their lives, and ride in neighborhoods just like all of their friends. God has blessed us to be able to watch many children exhibit pure joy the first time they get the opportunity to ride their trykes. Our number one focus is to raise funds to be able to provide trykes to as many children as possible.
Birmingham AMBUCS has provided trykes to churches, United Cerebral Palsy, the Bell Center, Mitchell Place, the Exceptional Foundation, Easter Seals, Children’s Hospital, Children’s on 3rd, and other therapy centers. Our main focus which covers probably 90% of our work, is identifying and distributing trykes to families of children with disabilities. After the children ride our trykes at rehab centers across the city and central Alabama, the therapist and families contact us about helping the children attain a bike of their own, so they can ride daily at home instead of just periodically when they go to therapy. Therapists have realized the benefits for the children physically, mentally and emotionally.