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First Jet Express Ride Is In The Books

July 10th, 2017 - Brett Diaz

Ingrid, volunteer driver showing off her JET Express placard

Goodman Jewish Family Services of Broward is excited to announce that our new program, JET Express, successfully provided transportation to its first client. The rider was picked up and driven to their destination by Ingrid, one of our generous volunteer drivers. Ingrid went through a training course to better understand the ins and outs of JET Express and how to best transport JFS clients to their destinations.

JET Express has been made possible by funding from the Community Foundation of Broward Funds: Frank P. and Blanche S. Buck Fund, Stephen and Ethel Keller Fund, Berta Hirsch Fund and Mary and Alex Mackenzie Community Impact Fund

“It was my pleasure to drive (JFS client) Diane to her meeting.  Diane was a delight! I look forward to driving her again and spending more time with her.” – Ingrid

JET Express provides volunteer drivers with the opportunity to serve the community and build long lasting relationships with their riders.  As a result of our first successful ride, Diane and Ingrid are now building a relationship based on trust.

“My first experience with JET Express was great,” said Diane, the first rider with JET Express. “The driver was very nice, accommodating and caring.”

The goal of JET Express is to help older adults in both the Jewish and general communities remain active and independent by accessing safe and reliable transportation with community volunteers. This pilot program provides door-through-door transportation in select areas of Broward County, and is open to residents age 80 and above who do not have access to readily available transportation. There is a 30-mile round-trip limit, beginning from the rider’s home. Wheelchair-bound riders must be able to transfer themselves from their wheelchair into the volunteer’s car. JET Express will also offer care management services to those who become members of the program.

Volunteer drivers are being sought for this new community pilot program. Drivers need to be at least 21 years of age, hold a valid driver’s license, have current auto insurance coverage, participate in an hour-long training and agree to take a minimum of one ride per month. In addition, volunteer drivers will be reimbursed at $0.14/per mile.

“JET Express is a volunteer driver program that will count on the residents of Broward for support. Without that support, this exciting and innovative program cannot flourish,” said Dawn Staton, director for JET Express.

If you or someone you know is age 80 and over, and is interested in learning more about becoming a JET Express member, please contact Dawn Staton at 954-909-0829 or at dstaton@jfsbroward.org.

 

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