Sometimes we take for granted the many organizations in Gibson County that work to bring a better quality of life to the people of Gibson County. Each of these organizations has dedicated people working long hours to achieve a mission to serve a segment of the population. Ride Solution is one of those organizations that offers a hand in meeting a need for many.
Ride Solution is on call to provide low cost transportation for people who have no reliable transportation otherwise. They provide transportation for those who need help to get to medical appointments, grocery and pharmacy visits, and according to Ride Solutions Director, Becky Guthrie, “We even to take some elderly folks to visit their spouse in a nursing home.”
The number one use of the service is to provide transportation to work. Many of us take for granted that our car will start, and run reliably to get us to work on time, but others are not as fortunate. Without this service, The clients utilizing Ride Solutions would be unemployed as they would not be able to travel to their jobs. The rate structure is set to allow service based income for each trip, with the understanding that supplemental income is needed to sustain the program. The rates are $2 for an in-town trip, $4 for an in-county trip, and $6 for a county to county trip. They even have a fee structure allowing multiple stops. For example if an individual has multiple stops in town such as a medical appointment and a pharmacy, they charge $2 for the first stop and $1 for each additional stop.
Ride Solution made 26,975 trips in 2011. To support this impressive number of service, they have 3 dispatchers on duty at all times and well trained drivers in the vehicles. They have a variety of transport vehicles available to accommodate the needs of all clients. Our riders include young children, as well as patients with disabilities, who rely on wheel chairs and scooters. and according to the director, “We are looking right now for qualified drivers to help support the ridership. Give us a call if you are interested.”
Becky Guthrie says, “While funding has been made available from state agencies, 20% to 50% funding must come from local sources.” “The cost of vehicles, fuel, upkeep, personnel, and general operating expenses is always on the increase, and grants from organizations such as the Gibson County Community Foundation help so much. And individual donations help too and keeps this service going in our area.”
For more information about the services offered, or to make a donation to Ride Solution, call 877-369-8899 toll free, or visit www.ridesolution.org.