Norfolk, Va. (January 23, 2017) – Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Suffolk Foundation. The funds will support the agency’s I-Ride Transit program, specifically in providing transportation to medical appointments.
Thanks to the Foundation’s contribution, Senior Services will be able to increase its on-demand transportation services, providing service to and from medical appointments for seniors and persons with disabilities in the City of Suffolk. According to the recent U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, about 19 percent of households in Suffolk live in poverty, which is also a key indicator for the need for transportation. In addition, seniors make up more than 31 percent of those living in Suffolk without a vehicle. Without this partnership, many patients would have to pay the high cost of taxi-cab services or experience delays in receiving medical services.
The Foundation’s funds will be used to cover expenses for 175 trips for seniors and person with disabilities to and from medical appointments at a cost of $28.62 per ride. Overall, the program projects to provide 1,850 medical rides alone in Suffolk this fiscal year, utilizing a combination of funding sources.
“Senior Services is grateful for the opportunity to continue our partnership with the Suffolk Foundation,” said John Skirven, Senior Services chief executive officer. “With such support, we are able to help seniors in Suffolk live with choice and dignity.”
Director of Development and Community Relations