Archive for April, 2015

Minnesotan transportation expert Tom Sorel joins national ITNAmerica board

April 16, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Lisa Wolff
Marketing and Communications Manager, ITNAmerica
207-591-6942 | lisa.wolff@itnamerica.org

Tom’s knowledge and accomplishments in the transportation industry will be
a great addition to the national non-profit’s Board of Directors. 

April 16, 2015 – WESTBROOK, Maine – The national nonprofit Independent Transportation Network of America (ITNAmerica), based in Maine, is pleased to welcome Tom Sorel to its Board of Directors. Tom SorelThe national board unanimously approved the appointment on April 16. Tom will vacate his seat on the ITNTwinCities Council of Advisors to assume this national position.

Tom is currently Vice President of Operations for KLJ Engineering in Twin Cities, MN. As former President and CEO of AAA Minneapolis and Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Tom brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this national seat.

Prior to becoming Commissioner, Tom worked for 30 years in numerous positions around the country with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration. He served as the Division Administrator for the FHWA Minnesota Division Office, the Mega Projects Team Leader in Washington D.C., the USDOT Intermodal Liaison for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, and the Director of Planning and Program Development in FHWA’s Regional Office in Albany, NY.

At the national level, Tom has served on numerous committees including the Transportation Research Board Executive Committee and the Intelligent Transportation Society Board of Directors. He also served on the board of ITNTwinCities.

“I first met Tom in 1994 when he worked for the Federal Highway Administration and agreed to write the highway section for the Task Force to Study the Safe Mobility of Maine’s Aging Population,” said Katherine Freund, Founder and President of ITNAmerica. “Our paths crossed again 20 years later when he joined the ITNTwinCities Board of Directors and Council of Advisors. Now, we are thrilled to have him on the national board. He brings to the table a unique blend of business and public policy knowledge at a time when such experience can wisely guide our growth in service to America’s aging and visually impaired populations.”

“I feel very honored to join the ITNAmerica Board and have the opportunity to give back to an organization that I have been very passionate about since its inception. I believe I can provide a strong linkage for ITNAmerica to the transportation community at both the national and grass-roots levels. I also believe my private sector experience can be valuable as I serve as an advocate for the organization,” said Tom. “ITN represents a mobility option for a population that may have none, and provides families a peace of mind during life’s transitions. I am extremely proud to be able to enhance peoples’ quality of life through this role.”

About ITNAmerica
ITNAmerica® is America’s only national, non-profit, community-based transportation network for older people and people with visual impairments, providing door-through-door and arm-through-arm service. ITN began as a single transportation service in Portland, Maine nearly 20 years ago and has since grown into a network of 28 affiliated communities in 20 states from coast to coast. ITNAmerica also operates the nonprofit toll-free hotline and website Rides In Sight, which lists more than 15,000 transportation providers across the country. Learn more at www.itnamerica.org and www.ridesinsight.org.

ITNCharlestonTrident Celebrates 50,000th Ride

April 10, 2015
ITNCharlestonTrident Celebrating 50,000th Ride

ITNCharlestonTrident Celebrating 50,000th Ride

ITNCharlestonTrident celebrated providing its 50,000th dignified ride since its First Ride on November 15, 2006 with rides delivered by area elected officials. Charleston Council Chair Elliott Summey, City of North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey, Town of Mount Pleasant Mayor Linda Page, Charleston County Council Member Teddie Pryor and City of Charleston Council Member Dean Riegel provided rides for ITN member riders on Tuesday, April 7th and Wednesday April 8th to help celebrate the 50,000th ride provided by ITNCharlestonTrident. All four government entities are long-time supporters of ITN CharlestonTrident’s dignified transportation program for seniors and the visually impaired.

During the eight and a half years of providing dignified transportation to seniors 60 and older and visually impaired adults, nearly 1000 member riders have counted on ITNCharlestonTrident to provide them with safe, reliable and affordable transportation while countless numbers of family members were confident their Mom or Dad were in good hands.

Utilizing standard automobiles with volunteers using their own vehicles and paid drivers using donated cars, ITNCharlestonTrident’s goal is to enable its member riders to enjoy the freedom and independence that comes from being able to go to any destination for any purpose in the areas served by ITN. All of ITNCharlestonTrident’s drivers, both volunteers and paid, undergo a thorough background and driving record check and participate in a comprehensive training program before providing their first ride. Providing reliable and on-time rides with a focus on a high level of customer service is the hallmark of the ITNCharlestonTrident door-though-door dignified transportation program.

ITNCharlestonTrident’s volunteer drivers routinely provide nearly 50% or more of all of the dignified rides provided to member riders.

Member riders have this to say about their experience with ITN:

Louise:  I love all of the drivers! There is not one who is not a joy to ride with. Each is special to me. Many thanks to them all.

Molly: I will be 88 in April and the drivers treat me like a QUEEN!!

Greta: Kathy and Sandy are the two drivers I see the most and they are both great! I sure couldn’t get by without ITN.

Edna: It was so lovely to meet the young man who gave me the ride home from church last Sunday. Such a nice young man.

For more information on ITNCharlestonTrident including how to become a member rider or volunteer driver, call (843) 225-2715, email info@ITNCharlestonTrident.org or visit the website www.ITNCharlestonTrident.org

WESH Orlando: Organization offers rides to people who can no longer drive

April 10, 2015

Watch the story online here

Moultrie News: Independent Transportation Network (ITN)CharlestonTrident 50,000th Ride Celebration

April 7, 2015

ITNCharlestonTrident will celebrate providing its 50,000th ride since its First Ride on November 15, 2006 with rides provided by area elected officials. Charleston Council Chair Elliott Summey and City of North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey will provide rides for ITN member riders on Tuesday, April 7th. Town of Mount Pleasant Mayor Linda Page will provide a ride on Wednesday, April 8th. All three government entities, along with the City of Charleston have been long-time supporters of ITN.

Over the eight and a half years of providing dignified transportation to seniors 60 and older and visually impaired adults, nearly 1000 member riders have counted on ITNCharlestonTrident to provide them with safe, reliable and affordable transportation while countless numbers of family members have felt confident that their Mom or Dad was in good hands.

AgingCare.com: An Affordable Alternative for Older Adults Who Can’t Drive

April 1, 2015

When three-year-old Ryan Walsh was hit by an 84-year-old driver, his mother, Katherine, did something that most people would find difficult (if not impossible) to do.

“I put myself in the shoes of the older gentleman who was in the car. I wouldn’t want to be the person who ran over a child,” she says. “It was a horrible situation for everyone involved and he shouldn’t have been behind the wheel. So I asked myself, how did it happen? Why was he driving when he shouldn’t be driving?”

This line of questioning led Freund down several paths towards a potential solution for preventing other families’ lives from being turned upside down by an unsafe older driver. First, she considered trying to create a fool-proof test to screen for hazardous drivers and prevent them from operating a motor vehicle. But even a perfectly-developed driving evaluation wouldn’t address the important underlying issue of an older adult’s desire to remain mobile and independent.

Read the full article online here

The News Record: Class connects students with Cincinnati’s aging population

April 1, 2015
Lisa Ventre - University of Cincinnati

Lisa Ventre - University of Cincinnati

Through a new course offered by the Center of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, University of Cincinnati students are serving the community and connecting with a demographic they may not usually think about: the elderly.

The Driving Community Connections course allows students to volunteer to drive aging adults around the Cincinnati area. The program, which began this semester, also gives students the opportunity to learn about the service industry.

“There are a lot of things we just don’t understand about aging because we’re all too young,” said Michael Sharp, director of the Center of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement. “With this program, we can teach students about engaging with the elderly.”

Read the full article online here