obtains a new vehicle for senior transportation
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On Sept. 23, CIEDC staff members drove to
Kankakee to pick up a new handicapped-accessible vehicle from the
Illinois Department of Transportation. A 2005 Chevy Uplander joined
the fleet of vehicles that transport disabled and elderly
individuals in both Logan County and Mason County. Each year, the
Senior Transportation Program at CIEDC provides approximately 20,000
rides to elderly and disabled individuals.
This vehicle has all the
newest technologies available to provide the safest transport
possible of individuals in wheelchairs. The vehicle and its
modifications would have cost the agency $34,290.48 if it weren't
for IDOT's support of the program.
The program is funded with
federal money and state general revenue funds. CIEDC also receives
partial funding from the Area Agency on Aging for Lincolnland.
However, each year CIEDC must raise approximately $20,000 to
maintain the level of services currently provided in Logan and Mason
Seniors requiring rides to doctor visits and other necessary
trips can call CIEDC at 732-2159 to schedule a ride. CIEDC accepts a
suggested donation for the service.
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"We're so appreciative to IDOT for providing us this vehicle so
we can continue our services," said Mary Elston, who retired on
Sept. 30 after serving as CIEDC's senior transportation director for
the past 28 years. "Over 70 percent of all the rides we provide are
to important medical-related appointments like dialysis treatments.
By providing these services, seniors are able to stay independent
and in their own homes longer."
CIEDC is a nonprofit community action agency headquartered in
Lincoln. The agency provides services to low-income and elderly
residents in Fulton, Mason, Logan, Menard, DeWitt and Piatt
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