In recent years, the Gates-Chili Community has seen an increase in seniors who are unable to find reliable transportation to doctor appointments, church services, or social functions. Many seniors are finding themselves unable to drive due to poor health or financial constraints. To combat this growing trend, a local group is seeking to create a volunteer based ride sharing program that would pair drivers with seniors who need transportation to important appointments.
This ambitious, and much needed initiative is being coordinated by Lifespan in partnership with the Chili Senior Center, Chili Public Library, Gates Recreation, Gates Public Library, Dunn Tower, and more than half a dozen churches including Trinity Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Parkminster Church, St. Christopher’s Church, St. Theodore Church, and the churches in the Gates Catholic Community.
In order to appropriately respond to this growing need, the coordinators are asking seniors who are in need of transportation and individuals who are interested in providing rides to take a short survey. Surveys can be found at any of the coordinating organizations or online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/gateschiliseniors.
If you are a member of a civic organization or church that is interested in joining the coordinating partnership, please contact Sr. Anne Guerin at firstname.lastname@example.org.