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Ride service for elderly, visually impaired back in business

March 29, 2017

At 87, Jane Watkins of Winter Park still has places to go and people to see. She just doesn’t trust herself to navigate the unnerving highways of Central Florida to get there.

Video: Lisa Haynes-Henry talks about the impact ITNOrlando has on her life.

So when a nonprofit transportation network she relied on suspended its service late last year, she felt stuck.

“I called my son-in-law and said, ‘This is terrible. Can’t you do something?’” Watkins said. “Being a businessman, he knows how to talk with people.”

Jack Miles — once a top state government official and executive for CIGNA and AIG — agreed to look into it, not just for his mother-in-law, but also for the 350 other members of ITNOrlando. An affiliate of the national Independent Transportation Network, the Central Florida organization relies on volunteers and donations to help shuttle residents over 60 and those with limited eyesight to doctor appointments, shopping trips and social visits.

Early this month, a reborn ITNOrlando began operations again, thanks to Miles, now chairman of the ITNOrlando board of directors, and $11,500 donated by local members who say the service is essential to their independence.

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Orlando Sentinel: Lack of transportation has serious consequences for older adults

July 21, 2015

Ruth Combs, 80, of Orlando, who does not drive, gets a ride from John McCallister, 76, a volunteer driver for ITN Orlando.Ruth Combs stood on the sidewalk in front of her Orlando home in a pastel belted dress, stud earrings and rimless glasses, awaiting her ride on a recent afternoon. When the cherry-red Toyota Camry pulled up, she got in with ease.

“Since my husband has passed away, ITN has been like my soul mate again, you know?” said Combs, 80.

ITNOrlando is one of a handful of local groups that help shuttle the elderly to doctors appointments and errands.

Central Florida offers few options for older Americans who are retiring their car keys. For seniors who can no longer drive, the lack of alternatives poses myriad health concerns, psychologists say.

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

April 10, 2015

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Meeting The Transportation Needs of Central Florida Seniors

May 2, 2012

With more than three million residents over the age of 65, Florida’s population has the highest proportion of senior citizens of any state in the US. One challenge facing many of Florida’s seniors is how to get out and about once they can no longer drive. Private non-profit companies, public transit and volunteers are all trying to meet a growing need.

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Too old to drive? Group helps seniors get where they need to go

August 6, 2011

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Baby boomers will have limited choices for transportation as they age, report says

June 15, 2011

The baby boomer generation is starting to retire and, in the not-too-distant future, many will reluctantly start turning in their cars as the infirmities of age take hold.

That could be a big problem in Orlando and much of the country because millions of boomers will have little access to public transportation such as buses or trains, according to a study released Tuesday by Americans for Transportation, which promotes mass transit.

Another option for seniors: Independent Transportation Network Orlando [ITNOrlando], a largely volunteer group that takes seniors to and from their destinations for a small fee. The group has nearly 300 clients, almost 50 volunteers and provides about 500 rides a month….

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ITNOrlando: Ready for Rides!

December 3, 2010

The Winter Park/Maitland Observer in Florida has recognized ITNOrlando for its excellent senior transportation program. Even with the availability of other services such as public buses, taxis, and “Seniors First shuttle”, the article talks with Orlando seniors who prefer the ITNOrlando service because of the personal and comfortable touches, such as the door-through-door, arm-through-arm service, and the personal vehicles. The article serves as a glowing recommendation to all of Florida’s senior drivers!

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ITNOrlando Fall 2010 Newsletter

November 17, 2010

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Katherine’s 24-Hour Walk for Rides

April 19, 2010

When: Noon, June 18 – Noon, June 19
Where: Portland ME, Back Cove, along Baxter Boulevard

Less than a decade after the very first Walk for Rides™ fundraising event, Katherine Freund is embarking on a 24-hour, round-the-clock walk, in support of ITNAmerica and all affiliates. The walk is around Back Cove in Portland, Maine on June 18-19. Katherine will be traveling around the country gathering support for her walk. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, representing the 1st District of Maine, will join Katherine on June 18 to show her support for ITNAmerica and senior transportation.
If you are interested in walking with Katherine, please sign up on our website. You can register online to walk as part of Katherine’s team, and then share your page with friends and family asking them to sponsor your walk. If you can’t be with Katherine to walk in Maine, register as an individual to walk in your community. You can also promote your page on Facebook and Twitter to let more people know about Katherine’s 24-hour walk. Anyone, anywhere in the country can walk to support ITNAmerica in our Walk for Rides.

National Foundation Extends Funds for Innovative ITNAmerica® Program

February 22, 2010

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Internship Program a Model for Success

WESTBROOK ME – A generous grant from The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation has enabled ITNAmerica to expand its successful internship program supporting sustainable transportation resources for seniors across the country.

“The initial funding for this innovative project yielded such successful outcomes we’re doing it again,” says Katherine Freund, President and Founder of ITNAmerica. “With the Foundation’s funding of nine interns in affiliate communities across the country, we raised awareness about our services while also raising significantly more money than we spent.”

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation has supported the needs of low-income seniors for over 50 years. The Foundation’s 2009 grant to ITNAmerica enabled participating affiliates to generate more than $130,000 in revenue, with $20,000 of that money reserved for ITN®’s Road Scholarship Program™ for low-income seniors. In this way, the grant helped build community support for senior mobility, enabled access for all seniors, and ensured the special needs of low income seniors were not forgotten.

“The interns helped us build support that will continue to generate funds year after year,” says Freund. “With as many as 20 interns in affiliate communities across the country in 2010, we anticipate even greater success with what has now become The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Internship Program. This support will expand our commitment to more transportation resources for more people in more places.”