ITN SunCoast's Road Scholar Program - More Than Just a Ride!
by ITN SunCoast
iTNSunCoast 's Road Scholar program provides low and moderate income seniors (60 years of age and above) and adults with vision limitations (18 years of age and over) with rides for any purpose at any time on any day to anywhere within our service area. The Road Scholar program provides rides to qualifying individuals at a cost that is significantly less than our regular charge. We also waive the annual iTNSunCoast membership fee. Additional benefits to Road Scholar Program participants include improved physical, mental and emotional wellbeing due to access to transportation that allows riders to get out of the house and do the things they need and want to do. They can more easily and predictably go to doctors' appointments, do grocery shopping, attend exercise classes and visit with friends, for example. This is particularly the case for older people living on limited incomes who are often housebound and socially isolated. In addition, the social component of our service is for some of our riders as or more important than the transportation itself. Friendships develop between riders and drivers as well as our riders and our office staff. To many of our riders, we become members of their extended family.
Southern Rhode Island Volunteers is seeking support to provide services to home bound seniors and disabled adults. Our goal is to make it possible for seniors and disabled adults to remain at home as changes cause people to need a little bit of help to maintain independence. It is our philosophy that institutional care should be the last choice anyone should have to make.
These services include transportation to critical medical appointments, grocery stores, food pantries, the delivery of Meals on Wheels, and friendly visitation & companionship.
A key component/service of an Adult Day Care Center is providing daily transportation for our seniors to and from their caregiver's home. These transportation services incur annual costs of which we only recoup about 21%. The money raised through this campaign will go towards supporting these transportation costs and will allow Senior Care of Brevard to continue providing transportation to our seniors.