Posts Tagged ‘Independent Transportation Network’

WRDE Coast TV: New Transportation for Seniors

July 29, 2015

(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.

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CapeGazette.com: Network offers senior transportation options

July 28, 2015
Network offers senior transportation options

Nancy Feichtl, known for her active volunteer lifestyle, has helped spearhead a senior citizens transportation cooperative.

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.

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Savvy Senior: How to choose the best place to retire

July 23, 2015

Savvy Senior: How to choose the best place to retireDear Savvy Senior, My wife and I will both be retiring in a year or two and are interested in moving to a smaller house in a better climate but could use some help. What resources can you recommend for locating and researching good places to retire in the U.S.? — Looking To Relocate

Dear Looking, If you’re interested in relocating when you retire, like millions of other baby boomers, there are a wide variety of free Web-based resources that can help you find and research a new location that meet your wants, needs and budget. Here are several to help you get started.

Where to retire?

If you aren’t sure where you want to retire, a good place to begin is by taking a retirement test at sites like Sperling’s Best Places (www.bestplaces.net/fybp) or Find Your Spot (www.findyourspot.com). These are free quizzes that ask dozens of questions on your preferences such as climate, recreation, community size and more, and suggest possible destinations that best match your answers.

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Savvy Senior: How to choose the best place to retire

July 22, 2015

QUESTION: My wife and I will both be retiring in a year or two and are interested in moving to a smaller house in a better climate. What resources can you recommend for locating and researching good places to retire in the U.S.?

ANSWER: There are a wide variety of free Web-based resources that can help you find and research a new location that meet your wants, needs and budget.

If you aren’t sure where you want to retire, a good place to begin is by taking a retirement test at sites like Sperling’s Best Places (bestplaces.net/fybp) or Find Your Spot (findyourspot.com). These are free quizzes that ask dozens of questions on your preferences such as climate, recreation, community size and more, and suggest possible destinations.

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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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The Californian: Business News – Cuda joins ITNMontereyCounty

July 20, 2015

Aimee CudaAimee Cuda has joined Independent Transportation Network Monterey County as its Executive Director.

Cuda has more than 12 years experience in fund raising and related fields, including her work at Voices for Children – CASA, The First Tee of Monterey County, The Carmel Foundation, and York School.

ITNMontereyCounty is a nonprofit providing transportation for seniors and visually-impaired adults.

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The River City News: St. Onge Volunteers as Driver, Encourages Others to Help

July 14, 2015

St. Onge Volunteers as Driver, Encourages Others to Help

State Representative Diane St. Onge recently drove as a volunteer for ITNGreaterCincinnati (ITNGC), taking Erlanger resident Jean Bryson to a medical appointment.

St. Onge, an attorney and Republican from Lakeside Park, has lived and worked in Northern Kentucky for 30 years and said that she knows that isolation is a huge problem for older adults who no longer drive.

“I was very honored to be able to participate as a driver for ITN Greater Cincinnati,” St. Onge said. “Meeting Mrs. Jean Bryson and driving her to her appointment was a distinct pleasure. I thoroughly enjoyed the company of this remarkable woman. ITNGreaterCincinnati provides a necessary service to the elderly, allowing them to maintain the independence and quality of life we all cherish.”

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LOOK WHO’S DRIVING! – Representative Diane St. Onge

July 7, 2015

ITNGreaterCincinnati
PO Box 621006
Cincinnati OH 45262
Kathy Nafus, Member Services Representative
859-441-8111

LOOK WHO’S DRIVING! – Representative Diane St. Onge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Helping seniors stay mobileErlanger – State Representative, Diane St. Onge, recognizes the need for affordable, reliable senior transportation in Northern Kentucky. She put her concern into action when she recently drove as a volunteer for ITNGreaterCincinnati (ITNGC) taking Erlanger resident, Jean Bryson, to a medical appointment.

St. Onge, an attorney and State Representative for the 63rd district, has lived and worked in Northern Kentucky for 30 years. She knows that isolation is a huge problem for older adults who no longer drive. “I was very honored to be able to participate as a driver for ITNGreaterCincinnati.  Meeting Mrs. Jean Bryson and driving her to her appointment was a distinct pleasure. I thoroughly enjoyed the company of this remarkable woman. ITNGreaterCincinnati provides a necessary service to the elderly, allowing them to maintain the independence and quality of life we all cherish,” St. Onge says.

The mission of ITNGC is to provide seniors (60+) and visually impaired adults with a 24/7 transportation resource that is “arm-through-arm, door-through-door, go where you want to go when you want to go.” ITNGC breaks down the isolation that comes when seniors surrender their keys, and gives visually impaired adults freedom to go beyond bus routes at a cost they can afford with no ride restrictions. ITN stands for Independent Transportation Network. Independence is what the transportation service provides to its members. ITNGreaterCincinnati serves the I-275 loop in both Kentucky and Ohio.

Volunteer drivers provide the rides for ITNGC making this service community supported and sustainable. All volunteers are trained and background checked. This is one of the most gratifying volunteer positions you can have because volunteers work directly with clients. Mrs. Bryson says her drivers are “tremendous”. She calls them her “special angels” and says she never has to wait for a driver. There are older people and visually impaired adults in our community who need rides right now. Those who love to drive may find this a very rewarding experience.

ITNGC has been operating in the Greater Cincinnati area since May, 2010 and was brought to the area by the Vision Coalition of Greater Cincinnati and the Deaconess Associations Foundation, both of which realized there was a significant local need for transportation for older adults and visually impaired adults on both sides of the river. They coordinated their resources and efforts and together formed ITNGreaterCincinnati, a local affiliate of the national ITN organization.

More information on how to become a volunteer driver can be obtained on the website, www.ITNGreaterCincinnati.org or by calling 859-441-8111 or 513-559-2200

Road Warrior: A transportation godsend for seniors and the blind

July 2, 2015
ITN North Jersey volunteer driver Elizabeth Brand, left, assisting Joanne Divney, a Wyckoff senior who cannot drive.

ITN North Jersey volunteer driver Elizabeth Brand, left, assisting Joanne Divney, a Wyckoff senior who cannot drive.

Although legally blind since her early 20s, 57-year-old Johanna Baccan now has a realistic opportunity to return to school to get her real-estate license.

“For the first time, I won’t have to rely on friends, family or expensive taxicabs to get me to school or any other place I want to go,” Baccan explained as she waited for a ride outside her Mahwah condo. “This is a very liberating moment for me.”

Liberation for her and many others may have arrived courtesy of a non-profit, grass-roots transportation service – ITNAmerica – that last month added North Jersey to its national network of neighborhood volunteers who provide low-cost, 24-hour rides to seniors and visually handicapped adults seven days a week.

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West Hartford News: Job bank, network celebrate anniversaries

June 25, 2015

Photo courtesy of Bob Cave From left, Independent Transportation Network Executive Director Kevin Farmer, Seniors Job Bank office manager Bill Stachelek and West Hartford Town Manager Ron Van Winkle, during a recent anniversary celebration of the two non-profit organizations, which share office space at town hall.

West Hartford >> Two non-profit associations share an office in the West Hartford Town Hall: the Seniors Job Bank & Independent Transportation Network. Both of these associations have the same goal of helping and providing services to seniors and others in the greater West Hartford area.

The two non-profits were present at the SJB second anniversary celebration and said thank you to the town of West Hartford for its support in making their expansions successful over the past two years.

West Hartford Town Manager Ron Van Winkle, ITN Executive Director Kevin Farmer and SJB Office Manager Bill Stachelek led the group in singing “Happy Anniversary” at the celebration.

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