For many seniors, finding affordable and convenient transportation can be a real challenge, leaving them feeling isolated and alone.
To address this need in the community of Langley, the Langley Senior Resources Society (LSRS) created the Outreach Transportation program, which provides transportation for local seniors.
When funding for the program came to an end earlier this year, local credit union Envision Financial stepped in with a $9,000 donation to keep the program running.
“The Outreach Transportation program plays a vital role in the lives of local seniors and when we heard it was at risk, we were happy to lend a hand,” said Susan Byrom, manager of corporate citizenship at Envision Financial.
“Our organization is committed to making a meaningful difference in our local communities and this program fulfills that goal.”
The Outreach Transportation program helps local seniors maintain their independence and stay connected in their community.
The vehicles are driven by a team of devoted volunteers and the program itself is run by four dedicated part-time staff members who connect the drivers to the seniors in need.
Often they can be driven to doctor’s appointments or to go grocery shopping. With concerns around losing B.C.’s taxi savers program, this service is more important than ever.
“Over 25 per cent of seniors living in Langley are unable to drive themselves and a lack of affordable and appropriate transportation leads to social isolation in seniors,” said Barb Stack, executive director at Langley Senior Resources Society.
“Our Outreach Transportation program provides rides for seniors using volunteer drivers, allowing seniors to take care of their personal needs, appointments and errands easily.
“We are very grateful to Envision Financial for supporting this community program.”