Heather Napolitano, president of the Philadelphia Chapter for the Foundation Fighting Blindness, stopped by the Fourth Annual LIVE Conference in Georgetown Oct. 19 to show her support for ITN Southern Delaware’s efforts to provide transportation for seniors and adults with visual impairments in Sussex County. The urgent mission of the Foundation Fighting Blindness is to drive the research that will provide preventions, treatments and cures for people affected by retinal degenerative diseases.
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Delaware Beach Life: The Unstoppable Nancy Feichtl – Ride-sharing service is just the latest endeavor for this community-minded dynamoJuly 13, 2016
Nancy is someone you could write a book about. She’s larger than life. And irrepressible:’ says Rehoboth Beach poet Sherry Chappelle about her friend Nancy Feichtl. lt’s that Energizer Bunny enthusiasm, combined with twinkle-in-the-eye humor charm and charisma, that help explain Feichtl’s special gifts and accomplishments: For more than 3 1/2 decades, she has performed countless good works that range far, and wide, and deep.
Indeed, the roots of her community involvement reach back even further. In the late 1960s, Feichtl (pronounced Fike-tell) began her career as an English teacher at Sussex Central High in Georgetown, later transferring to Indian River High School in Dagsboro (local politicians Pete Schwartzkopf, Ruth Briggs King, and Ron Gray were among her students). A decade passed and she moved into administrative roles, becoming the principal of both Woodbridge and Shields elementary schools. Next, as director of instruction and special education for the Cape Henlopen district, she formalized programs for at-risk and special-needs students, before heading the private Jefferson School in Georgetown. Feichtl accomplished all this while earning her master’s degree from Salisbury State University, her doctorate in education from the University of Maryland, and serving on the executive boards of nearly two dozen cultural and education-related organizations – from Clear Space Theatre Company to the Delaware Association of School Administrators.
Westminster Presbyterian Church has contracted with Independent Transportation Network Southern Delaware to provide transportation for any church member to and from any church service or event.
ITN Southern Delaware recently began operations providing safe and affordable transportation services to seniors and the visually impaired in Sussex County. Aware that some senior church members could be or will be in need of these services, the Westminster Mission Committee agreed to provide this service for a trial period.
Thanks to volunteer driver Cathy Taylor, ITN Southern Delaware’s first official ride went off without a hitch.
Taylor picked up Jack Refsnider at his Rehoboth home for a scheduled appointment Dec. 2. She also volunteered to bring him back home.
Taylor said, “Jack loves American history, so an interesting conversation was had!” Refsnider said next time he needs a ride, he hopes Taylor will be his driver. She assured him that all the volunteers are wonderful people, but if she is available she would love to drive him again.
When Carol DeCatur found out she could trade the value of her car for credit toward future ride services, she immediately called ITNSouthernDelaware. Although DeCatur still drives, she said, “Two cars in the garage is one too many!”
In exchange for her 1993 Chrysler LeBaron, she will receive the highest local value of her car deposited into her personal transportation account as mileage credits for future use.
A car remaining unused in the garage still costs money. Registration and inspection fees, insurance, and maintenance costs can mount up to as much as $8,000 a year. ITN’s trademarked CarTrade program allows a person to trade a car for mileage credit in a member’s rides account, or to donate the car outright for tax purposes. Both programs are especially popular during the holiday giving season. Cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats and even RVs can be donated through the CarTrade program.
CapeGazette.com: Members of ITN Southern Delaware to get free transportation to medical eye care servicesOctober 13, 2015
ITNSouthernDelaware is proud to recognize Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. as a corporate sponsor committed to helping raise awareness of the challenges associated with low vision, vision impairment, senior mobility issues, and the shortage of locally-available transportation options for seniors.
One way Regeneron is assisting ITN is by sponsoring ITNSouthernDelaware‘s provision of funding for transportation to and from medical eye care services for all ITN riders. This means that members who need transportation to or from an eye appointment or eye procedure will have their rides funded by Regeneron!
GEORGETOWN – A private-sector, non-profit transportation solution for Sussex County’s aging seniors who cannot or no longer want to drive is on the launching pad.
Memberships and volunteer drivers are the month of August focus as iTNSouthernDelaware gears up for a September 2015 launch of its ride program for seniors 55 and over.
“We have happily become an affiliate of iTN (Independent Transportation Network) America,” said Nancy Feichtl, founder of iTNSouthernDelaware, in an update to Sussex County Council Tuesday. “We became an affiliate with the only nationwide senior transportation cooperative.”
The Sussex County senior transportation cooperative is merging with a national organization.
Nancy Feichtl is the director of the Sussex Senior Transportation Cooperative, which provides volunteer-based transportation for senior citizens in the county. She tells the county council on Tuesday that the group is now an affiliate with ITNAmerica.
The national organization has been in business for 20 years and has Congressional approval. ITNSouthernDelaware will launch phase 1 in August, along the beach side of the county. A countywide launch is scheduled in September.
(REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.) – The Independent Transportation Network, ITN, company is in 27 states across the country and now it’s coming to Delaware.
All thanks to Sussex County native, Nancy Feichtl who spearheaded the idea.
“We’ll take you to the doctor’s office, the grocery store, get your hair done, take your dog to the vet, go to the movies, even if you want to go to the bar and watch the football game,” explained Feichtl.
The network provides transportation to senior citizens over the age of 65 and adults who are visually impaired.
The network already has sparked an interest with some middle-aged children.
“They won’t have to take off work, they just have to make sure that their parents’ accounts are active so they can get where they need to go,” said Feichtl.
For a growing number of Sussex County seniors, finding reliable transportation has become a pressing problem. As more older residents realize it’s time to give up their driving licenses, the problem is only compounded.
One local senior citizen has taken the issue to heart. Thanks in great part to Nancy Feichtl’s efforts, this fall Sussex seniors as well as adults who are visually impaired will have a new transportation cooperative providing door-to-door service.
Based on the national nonprofit Independent Transportation Network model, ITNSouthernDelaware is set to kick off Phase 1 in September for seniors on the eastern side of Sussex County.