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Saint Therese Foundation: Driving Independence

March 31, 2015

Saint Therese recently became a member of the Independent Transportation Network or iTN Twin Cities. iTN is a transportation alternative for older adults who can no longer drive. iTN provides rides in
personal vehicles 24-hours a day, 365 days a year, with drivers who are trained to ensure safety and comfort. All rides are coordinated through iTN with the support of volunteer drivers.

“Available and reliable transportation is a key factor in maintaining independence for older adults,” said Barb Rode, President & CEO of Saint Therese. “Support from iTN provides our residents and tenants, as well as their family members, another reliable option to get to appointments, to visit with friends or to simply run some errands.”

Saint Therese and Catholic Senior Services from the Archdiocese of Minneapolis and St. Paul have been working to find a transportation system that will bring support to older adults who need help getting to appointments or out to social gatherings. Several Catholic parishes are also beginning to consider this service for their parishioners.

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Sun Post: “A sort of ‘Lyft’ for west metro seniors”

January 14, 2015

ITNTwin Cities’ mileage-based rides could fill the spot left by Five Cities Transportation

A little more than a year after Five Cities Transportation was shuttered due to a lack of available buses and concerns over high subsidy rates, a new transportation company could be poised to take over the service it left behind.

Independent Transportation Network Twin Cities, the state’s affiliate of national nonprofit ITNAmerica, offers a similar dial-a-ride service to residents of Crystal, Robbinsdale, New Hope and St. Anthony.

The network operates much like Lyft, the popular driving service that recently set up shop in the Twin Cities: instead of a bus or taxi system with paid drivers, which can be prohibitively costly, network drivers are trained volunteers who use their own cars, gas and insurance to drive riders anywhere in the metro area.

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Transportation for the aging poses mounting challenge in Twin Cities

August 12, 2014

Several years ago, Bob Halko began cutting back on his driving. He stayed off the freeways, avoided rush-hour traffic and stopped driving at night. Then he found he could no longer drive, and that public transportation couldn’t move him efficiently from his home in Inver Grove Heights to the places he wanted or needed to go. His four daughters, each living in widely scattered Twin Cities suburbs, stepped up, shuttling him to and from medical appointments in St. Louis Park, to the pharmacy and on shopping errands.

“Between us, we made it work,” says daughter Trish Halko. “We drove him all over the place.”

Their support enabled Bob to remain in his home until he died, at age 81. Eventually, the experience led Trish to help organize, and now to chair, a local affiliate of a national nonprofit here, ITNTwinCities, which will transport the growing ranks of nondriving seniors living mostly in Hennepin County’s northwest suburbs starting this fall.

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