[tabi] Re: Community Transport Budget Woes Strand Disabled Residents

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  • Date: Thu, 14 May 2009 23:48:38 -0400


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  From: Lynn Evans 
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  Sent: Wednesday, May 13, 2009 9:19 PM
  Subject: [tabi] Community Transport Budget Woes Strand Disabled Residents

              Found on WCTV site with video: 

              Community Transport Budget Woes Strand Disabled Residents 
              Posted: 5:50 PM May 13, 2009
              Last Updated: 6:16 PM May 13, 2009
              Reporter: Lauren Searcy
              Email Address: Lauren.Searcy@xxxxxxx




              "I can take a walk to the store but can you see me walking down 
27, no sidewalks, no safe area but the grass and the ditch and it's that way 
all over the county, these people would have to walk to town in their wheel 
chairs, walkers, canes, in the heat, in the rain," said Hadassah VaShem who is 
legally blind.

              One of those people who is now affected is Dorothy Martin. She 
used to run errands with the Dial-A-Ride program, but now she has her 
prescriptions mailed in, never gets to church and only visits with friends who 
come to see her. 

              " I have no lifestyle, no life at all. I have relatives on the 
road that will not take me anywhere lots of times, and I depend on the transit 
system," said Dorothy Martin, who is completely blind in both eyes. 

              But the system that helps elderly and disabled folks recently hit 
a financial setback and had to prioritize trips. 

              "Since the budget is tight right now, that's something the board 
decided to do to ensure that those who had medical trips and other types of 
much needed trips can still be done for the community," said Ronald Garrison, 
Star Metro Director. 

              Dorothy and Hadassah understand state funding isn't there. But 
they're afraid the program will be cut all together if members of the community 
don't step up to the plate. 

              "If it doesn't personally affect them, they don't care. If it's 
not their grandmother that's sick, if it's not their aunt, or uncle that's 
being directly affected they don't care," added VaShem

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