Drive a Senior was founded on the premise that our senior neighbors lead happier, healthier lives when they “age in place.” But how does one continue to live at home without viable transportation?
• Family members may be distant or sometimes are unavailable.
• Public transportation is not designed for individual attention and can require physical stamina some older adults don’t possess.
• Taxi service can be costly on a fixed income.
So Drive a Senior matches volunteer drivers with seniors needing a way to get around. Our mission has its roots in a 1985 pilot program that showed a high concentration of people over the age of 60 in West Austin. Today a network of nine regional organizations serves Austin, Elgin, Pflugerville, Round Rock, Hutto and Southwest Travis County.
In 2016, our volunteers provided more than 30,000 rides. We currently drive more than 2,500 older citizens. And we see the need continuing to grow for years to come.
Ken Herman's column on self-driving vehicles (Austin American-Statesman, 9/29/17) points out the Drive A Senior Network as one of the few alternatives currently available to seniors who need help getting around town now that they've quit driving. “This past month, we have had calls every day from new clients wanting our services,” Terry Milman, president of Drive a Senior-West Austin, told [...]
'Give Back Austin' spotlights Drive a Senior in March Austin radio stations KASE101, 98.1 KVET and Sonic have selected Drive a Senior or their Give Back to Austin Spotlight for the month of March. Each month the program sheds light on an Austin area non-profit and let's its listeners and customers know how the can help. | See the full [...]
Still not sure our program is for you? Feel free to “test drive” these video testimonials for a glimpse of the Drive a Senior experience as seen by some of our volunteer drivers and senior riders. Is it about helping seniors get from Point A to Point B? Or is it about opening up a whole new world of friendships to go along with the community service? You be the judge.
Volunteer drivers Ron and Jan Gorman remember how difficult it was for their elderly parents in a distant state to get around once they stopped driving. So they’re giving back through Drive a Senior in a Texas community that doesn’t really have public transportation that works for their senior neighbors. It seems to be helping the community … and it creates some smiles for the drivers as well as the passengers. [1:32]
A senior passenger and her friend, Dale – volunteer driver for Drive a Senior – talk about the first time they met; about what free car service rides mean to elderly citizens living independently … and about how much a community service like helping seniors ends up giving back to the drivers as much as it does to the passengers. [2:56]