Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia has been awarded a grant from the Suffolk Foundation to support the agency’s I-Ride Transit program, specifically in providing transportation to medical appointments. Thanks to the contribution, Senior Services will be able to increase its on-demand transportation services, providing service to and from medical appointments for seniors and people with disabilities in Suffolk. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 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. The funds will be used to cover expenses for 175 trips at a cost of $28.62 per ride. The program projects to provide 1,850 medical rides alone in Suffolk this fiscal year, utilizing a combination of funding sources.
Director of Development and Community Relations