Archive for the ‘ITNMemphis’ Category

Driving central to a person’s identity

September 9, 2015

Driving central to a person's identityThe Best Times

“Elderly couples who stop driving face unexpected outcomes,” reports a study in the journal Research on Aging as reported in Aging News Alert.

The ability to drive can be central to a person’s identity and can be an important expression of independence. When the elderly no longer drive, their emotional well-being can decline as a result of being unable to maintain social relationships.

A University of Missouri researcher has found that even if only one member of a couple stops driving, negative consequences result for both the driver and the non-driver.

The decision to stop driving is a major life changing experience and all options for transportation should be made at the time the car keys are given up.

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Drivers are needed for senior rides

September 9, 2015

Independent Transportation Network is now operating in Memphis in a limited service area.

ITNMemphis provides transportation for seniors over 60 and the visually impaired.

More volunteers are needed, ITNMemphis officials said.

The network asks: Do you like to drive? Have spare time?

If you answered yes, then you could be a lifeline to seniors and the visually impaired by:

Driving them in your car wherever and whenever they need to go.

Helping them stay independent and not a burden.

Connecting them to families, friends and activities that bring meaning to their lives.

Making driving safer for everyone.

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Commercial Appeal: ITNMemphis helps seniors be independent

July 31, 2015

ITNMemphis helps seniors be independent

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New Transportation Service For Seniors Available In Memphis

December 12, 2014

Fox13 ITNMemphisYou don’t have to wait until Black Friday to find a deal for the seniors in your life. Fox 13′s Earle Farrell has just the thing.

I-T-N, the Independent Transportation Network is coming to Memphis.

No more taking off work to get parents or grandparents back and forth to doctor or hair appointments. ITNMemphis offers door to door service.

“It’s for seniors and the visually impaired. And in the Memphis area we’re defining seniors as people over 60. And anyone who is over 18, who’s visually impaired, it will take people in those categories anywhere they want to go 24/7,” says Pat Hickman, Operations Manager at ITN.

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Senior transportation service now operating in Memphis

December 12, 2014

In early 2011, an official with a fledgling nonprofit transportation organization in Memphis talked about a plan to provide rides for older people who don’t drive.

The organization, ITNMemphis, would offer them — as well as people with visual impairments — economical, around-the-clock transportation in a car, he said.

At the time, ITNMemphis had obtained a state charter, a sponsoring organization and was raising money. The optimistic official said the company planned what he called a soft opening in about four months.

That four months grew into years.

ITNMemphis finally had its opening last month and now is providing transportation for older non-drivers and the visually impaired.

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Implement a Community-Based, Volunteer-Powered Transportation Model

September 16, 2014

Tennessee communities struggle to meet the transportation needs of older adults. The issues across America tend to be the same:

  • How to provide the kind of door-through-door service older people want and need;
  • How to recruit enough volunteer drivers and how to manage insurance;
  • How to arrange rides, especially in rural and suburban communities; and
  • How to pay for it all.4

Tennessee could consider implementing the ITNAmerica model, or something similar, throughout communities in the state. ITNAmerica works with communities to help develop dignified and sustainable transportation options. ITN volunteer drivers store transportation credits for their volunteer efforts. These credits may be used to plan for their own future transit needs or they may use these credits to help pay for rides for members of their family or for low income seniors through a scholarship program. ITN transportation credits are honored at any ITN in the country. ITN’s goal is to provide the expertise, tools and state-of-the-art technology that allow organizations to serve more people without additional resources or funds.

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Memphis City Council may permit new ride service for senior citizens

September 16, 2014

Katherine Freund of Maine has told the story many times. In 1988, her 3-year-old son Ryan was run over by a car. The driver was 84 years old.

The boy made a full recovery, but the incident changed his mother’s life. At first, she looked into the possibility of stricter licensing rules for older drivers, but then changed tactics.

“Older drivers need options if they’re going to give up their cars,” she told a New York Times reporter years later. “There’s a black hole in our public policy.” So, she started an organization called the Independent Transportation Network in Portland, Maine, to offer low-cost rides to senior citizens who have difficulty driving but want to retain their independence.

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ITNMemphis Mourns Loss of Great Memphis Leader

January 8, 2013

The ITNMemphis Board of Directors is sad to announce the loss of its cherished champion and Executive Director, Mr. Holden Potter.

Mr. Potter, 73, passed away on December 23, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis. A respected community leader who lived in Memphis for five decades, Mr. Potter took the helm of the organization in December of 2011 and led the young organization into full affiliation with ITNAmerica. He spearheaded big developments for the organization during 2012 with major announcements including the receipt of several large grants and the much anticipated movement from pre-affiliate to affiliate status. His experience and abilities positioned the organization well to transform transportation options for Memphis seniors and the visually impaired by adapting the successful ITNAmerica national model to meet the unique needs of MidSouth residents.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Jo Lofton Potter and their daughter Holly Nason Potter Gilbey. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 8, at Calvary Episcopal Church downtown with reception following. The Board of ITNMemphis will serve as pallbearers at the service.

“Holden Potter stepped into the role of Executive Director for ITNMemphis at a critical time,” shares Dan Murrell, ITNMemphis Board Chair. “Under his leadership, ITNMemphis fully affiliated with the national organization, ITNAmerica, and he was coordinating its first ride. Holden brought his years of experience, a passion for telling stories, and a deep personal commitment to the mission of the ITN. We will all miss him very much.”

The ITNMemphis board has named former Board Secretary, Gayla Schaefer, as Interim Executive Director through March to maintain the leadership legacy started by Mr. Potter. Schaefer, a 2012 MPA graduate of the University of Memphis with 15 years experience in public sector management, will oversee the daily operations and fund development during the search for a permanent Executive Director as the organization prepares to start delivering its first rides to Memphis citizens during the first half of this year.

Mr. Potter was born in New York City and grew up in Packanack Lake, NJ.  A graduate of the University of Iowa, majoring in theatre arts, he did further study at the University of Memphis. Holden and Jo made their home in Memphis where Holden distinguished himself with WKNO TV, Front St. Theatre, Holiday Inns, Geoff Sutton Advertising, Memphis Theological Seminary, Playhouse on the Square, Memphis Humane Society, Christian Brothers University, and as a prominent freelancer for a variety of clients. He helped found the Memphis Iowa Club and was honored as its 2012 outstanding member. He helped establish and present the Memphis Hunter-Jumper Classic Horse Show for a number of years and served on its board. He was a past president of the Memphis Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and president last year of the local chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. Mr. Potter also served on Calvary’s vestry, chaired its Every Member Giving Campaign, and was active in the Cursillo and Disciples of Christ movements and Kairos prison ministry.

In lieu of flowers, the Potter family has requested donations be made to Calvary, 102 N. Second 38103; ITNMemphis, 561 Prescott St., 38111; Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper 38104; or the Memphis Humane Society, 935 Farm Road 38134.