WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Family Services of Westchester Inc. announced that its RideConnect Program has received funding from the U.S, Department of Transportation that will allow it to expand into Cortlandt, Ossining, Peekskill, Yorktown and New Castle.
RideConnect's original communities are Bedford, Lewisboro, Mount Kisco, Pound Ridge, North Salem, North Castle and Somers.
The RideConnect program, an information and referral service providing transportation options for seniors, those with disabilities and home health care workers in northern Westchester, received renewed federal funding to continue the program through March 2017. The funding comes from the DOT under the federal New Freedom and Job Access and Reverse Commute competitive grant programs.
“We are thrilled to be able to continue offering this vitally important service in northern Westchester where public transportation options are limited,” says Program Director Karen Ganis. “Our usage rates demonstrate how great the need is: In 2012, RideConnect provided 1,000 rides/referrals while in 2013, we provided over 6,000.”
Older adults, individuals with disabilities and home health-care workers can call RideConnect at 914- 242-7433 to talk with a transportation counselor about transportation needs.
“RideConnect enables so many individuals, who otherwise feel isolated in their own communities, to remain mobile and independent,” says Ganis. “We are so grateful for the renewed funding which will allow people to get out and about!”
Ganis said there is an ongoing need for volunteer drivers in all communities. Those interested in volunteering are asked to contact Ganis at 914-864-0955 or firstname.lastname@example.org.