Calendar | Community | Milestones | Good Neighbors

Family and Friends in the Armed Forces | Reunions | Reminiscence

CIEDC Corner
CIEDC on the Web

CIEDC obtains a new vehicle for senior transportation

Send a link to a friend

[OCT. 3, 2005]  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 counties.

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.

[to top of second column in this article]

"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 counties.

[Central Illinois Economic Development Corporation news release]

< Recent articles

Back to top


News | Sports | Business | Rural Review | Teaching & Learning | Home and Family | Tourism | Obituaries

Community | Perspectives | Law & Courts | Leisure Time | Spiritual Life | Health & Fitness | Teen Scene
Calendar | Letters to the Editor