This seems an appropriate day to start an ITNBluegrass blog — something I’ve wanted to do for a while now. Our first ride of the day today (at 6:30 am) was also our 14,000th since we began ride service three years ago! One of our very devoted volunteer drivers Rick Johnson drove a gentleman to his dialysis appointment, a round-trip Rick does 2-3 times a week.
It has been an eventful three years. To go from an untried, untested senior ride service in 2008 to delivering about 600 rides a month is quite a testament to our ride coordination staff, our drivers, our board and the Lexington/Bluegrass community, the latter of which has entrusted us with the privilege of providing safe, dignified and affordable transportation to parents, grandparents, spouses and friends.
I was speaking to a woman this morning who still drives but uses the service when driving isn’t convenient. She commented that people looking in might think ITNBluegrass is a nice service to have in a community, but that until you actually need rides (or have a family member who does), it doesn’t register how vitally important reliable transportation is in keeping older people active and independent.
We are humbled that more than 250 people with their collective 14,000 rides have decided over the last three years that this service is vitally important to them and use us daily, weekly or monthly because they still have places to go, people to see and things to do. Here’s to our next 14,000 rides!