Levy funds support senior transportation

March 19, 2014

XENIA — The Xenia Adult Recreation and Services Center received two new vehicles recently. The vehicles are 2014 Dodge minivans that both have wheelchair lifts. With the addition of these vans, the Center rounds off its fleet to 15 well maintained, all wheelchair equipped vehicles.

These two recent vehicles were acquired with the help of the Greene County Council on Aging (GCCOA) and the Senior Service Levy. Both vehicles were awarded through a grant from the Ohio Department of Transportation who requires a 20 percent match of the cost of the two vans. This match was a whopping $14,000. The Center applied for a grant through the GCCOA for this $14,000 and through use of Senior Service Levy funds, the grant was awarded.

The center transports both the aging and disabled in Greene County. All transportation starts in the county, but can go well beyond the Miami Valley if needed. Routine routes, such as dialysis and adult day care, take place each weekday as well as individually scheduled appointments for doctor visits, lab work and testing, radiation and chemotherapy, and more.

Some in-town, non-medical transportation, such as to the grocery store or hair dresser, takes place, but the majority is for medical purposes. In-town transportation generally costs the individual $4 each way while out-of-town transportation is often paid for by agencies such as the GCCOA with no cost to the rider. Just like with its home-delivered meal program, the Center never turns a client away from receiving needed transportation for inability to pay.

Executive Director Judy Baker of the senior center, indicates as the population in Greene County continues to age, the need for transportation becomes even more in demand.

She said, “The center has been very successful with its grant application and thanks to the GCCOA and the Senior Service Levy many services to the aging are available, including transportation, home-delivered meals, congregate meals, shopping assistance, home-making and more.”

For more information about the senior center, the services offered, recreational and trip opportunities, contact the center at 937-376-4353. To support the Center and the services they provide, contributions are accepted at the Center or by mail at 130 E. Church St.