Are you or your parents in their 80s or 90s and need transportation?
Do you or your parents have doubts about continuing to drive and do so because you are not aware of a good transportation alternative? Do you or your parents not go out in the evening because of concerns about driving at night? If any of these situations apply, iTNSunCoast is here for you!!
iTNSunCoast is a Sarasota-based, non-profit organization that provides rides to individuals who are at least sixty years old and adults of any age with vision impairments. Our mission is to help individuals maintain their independence and live joyful and meaningful lives through a convenient, comfortable and affordable transportation option when driving a car themselves is not sensible or safe. Started in the Sarasota area in 2009 through a joint effort between Jewish Family and Children’s Services of the Suncoast and The Community Foundation of Sarasota County, iTNSunCoast has provided over 30,000 rides and will provide more than 10,000 rides in 2016.
Do you need to go to doctors’ appointments, do food shopping, attend church or temple services, or go to the hair salon? Would you like to go to lunch with friends, the theater, yoga classes, the beach, or community events? Rides are available from iTNSunCoast for any reason, any day of the week including weekends, at any time of the day or night, anywhere from Bradenton to Northport. Rides are provided mostly by volunteer drivers who use their own cars and no money is exchanged at the time of the ride. Drivers provide whatever support an individual needs to get from their home to the car and from the car to their destination.
To make a ride request, you need to become a member of iTNSunCoast and call to make a ride request by noon the day before you need the ride. There is a charge for rides and iTNSunCoast makes a concerted effort to keep the cost as low as possible so rides are affordable by as many area residents as possible.
Editor’s Note: For more information, call 941-364-7530 or visit www.itnsuncoast.org.