"When you’re homeless, transportation can be a big barrier to getting the services you need. You have to figure out where to sleep, where to get something to eat, how to get to the places that can help you find services, and none of these things are right next to each other. You have to walk everywhere, maybe using a bus if you’ve got any money. Now add in the complication of being ill or injured and needing to get to the pharmacy or your doctor’s appointment. How could you possibly get well?
Transportation is one of the critical services that we provide to our guests at Samaritan House. We drive guests to appointments with medical providers, to benefit offices, to the pharmacy, and sometimes to Walmart. We’ve been handling this with staff members (mainly the Executive Director) and volunteers driving personal cars. Every trip to the doctor means 2 round trips for someone - it’s a constant juggling act.
We’ve had a car on our “want” list for a long time. Last spring, we were awarded a grant from Cardinal Innovations that covered the car and a year’s worth of expenses. We needed a vehicle that could carry several people at once (plus wheelchairs and walkers) and found a 2019 Ford Transit Connect at Capital Ford which is now the Samaritan House Transportation Service van!
You can’t have a transportation service without drivers. Katie Beth Caswell is still doing a good bit of the driving, but we’ve recruited 3 volunteers to help out. All you need to volunteer to drive for Samaritan House is a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record. Fill out our form and we’ll get you added to the insurance and put you in the rotation."
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