One year after launching Portland Adult Transportation, coordinator Terri DeZwarte said “(we’re) wanting to do more because I know there are more people out there that need it.”
Portland C.A.R.E.S. (Christian Association for the Relief of Economic Suffering) organizes Portland Adult Transportation, or PAT. It’s a grant-funded startup program that allows local seniors ages 60 and up who may not be able to drive themselves for one reason or another to arrange rides. Volunteer drivers will take them to doctor appointments, grocery stores, pharmacies and other places around Portland.
Portland C.A.R.E.S. and city officials worked for more than a year to develop the ride program, funded by a three-year, $50,000 Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability grant.
Riders — who have to be able to communicate and walk either alone or with a walker or cane — can request a ride within Portland city limits. The ride must be scheduled three days before the trip and can have up to three stops. Riders can sign up with a yearly $25 fee and $5 per ride.
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