One Member Shares His Story
Why Senior Transportation Is So Valuable
Recently, a member with ITNMontgomery County needed transportation service for only a couple of months while he recovered from open-heart surgery. Robert needed a driver three times a week for his cardiac rehab appointments. Though this was a temporary situation, he was moved by how much it affected him.
His volunteer driver, Deborah, runs a produce market through a local church. She picked up Robert one Wednesday and offered to take him by the market on the way back to his house. That afternoon he called, elated with his new discovery, and wanted to make sure that every Wednesday his driver could take him back to the market to shop and visit with Deborah.
The next Wednesday, they scheduled him with Bob, one of their shining volunteers. In the short trip after the produce market, Robert and Bob discovered they shared a common interest in restoring old cars. Five minutes later, they were in Robert’s garage devising a plan of action for one of his projects. They have since become friends and are able to stay connected because their garages are within walking distance of one another.
A couple of weeks ago, Robert called after one of his appointments and he gave the wonderful news that he had been cleared for driving. Then, he got choked up and said, "This has been such a wonderful service. It relieved me of so much worry... It has filled a hole in my life. I never expected to make new friends and I plan on taking myself to the produce market every Wednesday from now on." Robert was so grateful and he wanted to give back so he asked if he could donate the balance of his Personal Transportation Account back to ITN.
What a great example of the potential we have to serve our older adults with iTNLanier! Whether short term or long term transportation, iTNLanier can help those in need lead a more meaningful life.