Partners In Care (PIC) has received a 2012 "STAR Award for Excellence" from the Beverly Foundation. From 378 applicants across the country, PIC was one of only five programs earning the STAR Award and a $15,000 grant to continue promoting and providing transportation for older adults.
Helen Kerschner, Ph.D., President and CEO of the Beverly Foundation, recognized PIC's 20 years of providing niche, neighborly transportation services with volunteer drivers. The arm-in-arm, door-through-door transportation fills gaps in services and complements the efforts of local area agencies on aging and public transport systems. Ride Partners is being enhanced with PIC's new Mobility Bus program this year.
This fiscal year, PIC's Ride Partners program is on track to provide almost 10,000 rides, 11,000 hours of time and over 100,000 miles of transportation, in addition to almost 20,000 hours of other services which are important for maintaining health and combating social isolation.
The Ride Partners program, which utilizes volunteer drivers, is being augmented with the addition of two small, wheelchair accessible buses for those who have limited mobility or who need to have caregivers travel with them. The new mobility buses will help to make sure that members who have accrued many hours throughout the years in our time-exchange, are still able to get around and participate in community activities if they are unable to get in and out of volunteer driver cars. The STAR Award will help to initiate the operation of the Mobility Bus program. For more information, see www.beverlyfoundation.org.