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Transportation for the needy

Published: Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 5:30 a.m. CST

To the Editor:

While the subject of transportation for the needy, essentially in Sun City, was being discussed between Rutland and Grafton townships, the reality is that same need exists wherever a person in need resides.

Sun City became the center of the discussion because of its population demographic and, therefore, its needy population. Other than the option of a resident taking a cab to doctor visits and other similar appointments, Grafton Township offers a door-to-door-dollar-per-ride bus service to seniors in need, but only to residents living within its jurisdiction.

Rutland Township does not offer a bus service. A limited number of other townships offer various types of senior transportation plans.

The village of Huntley, in cooperation with Route 47 Taxi, allocated a limited co-op amount on a temporary basis for senior transportation.

What is not widely known to seniors in need, regardless of which township or county they live in, is the availability of free or minimally priced transportation services offered by social service agencies and the services of a few kind-hearted individuals acting independently as good Samaritans.

All of these agencies require the ongoing service of volunteers.

So much for discussions about senior transportation and its dependence upon municipal services, taxes, budgets and other challenges.

Jim Darow


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