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About Us

L-OMA™ was established by Heidi Fogarty in 1993 after a family trip to Germany, where she first encountered buckwheat pillows. After owning and operating the company herself for over ten years, she decided to retire. She donated the entire operation to The Bridges Foundation, which now uses L-OMA Organic Buckwheat Pillows™ to further its mission of helping people with disabilities to ultimately help themselves.

Individuals with developmental disabilities work alongside Bridges Foundation staff making and shipping our L-OMA Organic Buckwheat Pillows™, as they earn a living wage while at the same time helping raise money to fund programs and services for themselves and others. They are making a therapeutic product which benefits people around the world; they are also becoming more self-reliant and financially independent. They are less dependent upon receiving government aid in the form of monthly disability payments, and they are also promoting a small business dedicated to funding services for persons with disabilities. This also helps reduce the overall tax burden as their benefits decrease! We hope that this business model is one that will be adopted by other businesses, as we seek to tap into the full worth of each individual's potential to contribution to society as a whole.

Your Purchase Directly Helps Persons with Disabilities:  (L-OMA™ is the product brand of a non-profit organization)

You can verify our Nonprofit charity status using the IRS website.  Simply enter our EIN number of 20-2796974 and click SEARCH on this IRS web page.

For more information on the Bridges Foundation, please contact The Bridges Foundation Organization.

Bridges Of Maine Staff

Photo: Some of the folks of The Bridges Foundation, snow tubing in Maine

 

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