A grant has made it possible for a non-profit organization to supply free transportation for residents with disabilities in Genesee County. YNN's Rose Eiklor has more on this program.
The grant was given to Community Action of Orleans and Genesee County. The money is used toward a free transportation program for individuals with disabilities of all ages and elderly residents of Genesee County with proper medical documentation.
"We saw the need in the community, folks that are disabled that were calling us, were not eligible for our program as it was," said executive director Ed Fancher.
This program is funded through the new freedom grant by the State Department of Transportation. It serves all Genesee County residents outside the city limits. Drivers are allowed to take residents anywhere they need to go, as long as it can be done between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
"They can use it for anything. For social, work, physicians, basically anything at this time," said transportation manager Heidi Wyant.
All of the staff that works on the buses are trained in first aid, CPR, and to use emergency defibrillators. If you need it, there are some buses with wheelchair ramps.
Members of Community Action of Orleans and Genesee County say currently only 20 residents from Genesee County are using this grant, and they can help a lot more.
Rose Rosica, whose husband rides this bus, said that without this program, he would not be able to leave their home.
"I'm very happy about it because I had a problem trying to get Tom to the program at the Genesee nursing home and it was so nice. They walked him to the door and made sure they got in safely and they were the best," said Rosica.
Community Action of Orleans and Genesee County is a non profit organization that serves low-income residents. Fancher says they have a wide array of programs from head start to a teen pregnancy program, but he feels this program in particular is very important.
"The ability to help somebody get to a medical appointment that can be life saving," said Fancher.
The organization says they need 24 hours notice for appointments, but will make accommodations for emergencies.