STC RECEIVES FEDERAL AWARD TO EXPAND TRANSPORTATION SERVICES

CLEVELAND – February 2, 2017 – Senior Transportation Connection (STC) is one of six programs in the U.S. selected by The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC) to develop practical, sustainable innovations in accessible transportation. The competitive award of $50,000 will help to create an evening and weekend transportation service for residents of North Olmsted who are aged 60 and older and adults with disabilities.

STC PLUS will leverage STC’s reputation, resources and infrastructure that have offered reliable, trusted transportation in North Olmsted on weekdays since 2009. STC’s accessible vehicles accommodate passengers’ mobility needs, and drivers are trained in service and assistance skills that deliver a safe, quality experience. “The ‘plus’ means independence and autonomy, especially to adults of all ages who will benefit from affordable, accessible transportation,” STC executive director Janice Dzigiel explained. “Consumers will enjoy flexible access to social, worship or recreation destinations, more personal autonomy, provided by an organization they know and trust, with no surprises.”

About 26 percent of North Olmsted residents are over age 60, and more than 1,700 working age residents live with a disabling condition, according to the 2014 U.S. Census estimates. The partnership will offer evening and weekend services to destinations that increase social and recreational opportunities. Project partners are North Olmsted Senior Center, Services for Independent Living and the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA), collaborating to create and promote an effective program that meets consumer demand. The 12-month project will begin booking transportation in early Spring.

Senior Transportation Connection  Since 2005, STC has provided comprehensive, coordinated, efficient and affordable transportation to seniors and adults with disabilities throughout Cuyahoga County. Cuyahoga County residents who have mobility challenges due to age, lack of access, disability, frailty or inability to drive use STC in partnership with municipalities and social service agencies. Destinations include medical appointments, including dialysis and treatment; senior centers for meals and social activities; grocery shopping and personal errands.

The National Aging and Disability Transportation Center is funded through a cooperative agreement of Easter Seals, the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, and the U.S, Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, with guidance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living. NADTC’s mission is to increase accessible transportation options for older adults, people with disabilities and caregivers nationwide.

The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) (www.n4a.org) is a 501c(3) membership association representing America’s national network of 622 Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and providing a voice in the nation’s capital for the 256 Title VI Native American aging programs. The mission of n4a is to build the capacity of its members so they can better help older adults and people with disabilities live with dignity and choices in their homes and communities for as long as possible.

For nearly 100 years Easterseals (www.easterseals.com) has been the indispensable resource for people and families challenged by disabilities. We offer hands-on, vital programs through our network of affiliates to help people of all ages reach their full potential through development and life skills learning, workforce training and placement services, and fun, healthy recreation programs for children, adults, and caregivers.

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STC Serves Rose Centers Passengers

STC will provide transportation for seniors attending programs at the Rose Centers for Aging Well, effective Feb. 1, 2017. About 250 senior adults rely upon transportation to participate in congregate meals, social, health and wellness programming Monday through Friday at the following Cleveland and East Cleveland Rose Center locations:
  • Ernest J. Bohn, 1667 Ansel Rd., 216.373.1913
  • Gunning Park, 16700 Puritas Rd., 216.373.1917
  • King Kennedy, 2501 East 59th St.. 216.373.1918
  • East Cleveland, 16200 Euclid Ave., 216.373.1919
  • Paul W. Alandt Lakeshore, 6600 Lakeshore Blvd. 216.373.1915
STC will also provide transportation for special outings for center participants and expects to deliver about 15,000 trips during the year.  Older adults seeking transportation to Rose Centers location should contact their local Rose Center directly to obtain qualifications and details. “STC is pleased to provide access to the quality services the Rose Centers offer,” said Janice Dzigiel, STC executive director. “Our purpose is to be a critical ‘connection-maker’ for seniors who do not drive and need access services like STC to stay active. One third of our passengers rely upon a wheelchair, walker or cane. Not only do our vehicles accommodate them in comfort, our drivers are trained to offer the appropriate customer service and assistance.” The Rose Centers for Aging Well LLC, a subsidiary of the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, provides meals to homebound seniors and in neighborhood centers and offers social, health and wellness programs to seniors in the community. “When agencies of the Rose Centers’ caliber partner with STC, it validates the quality of reliability of our services,” Dzigiel said.