New Round-the-Clock Transportation for NORC Seniors

A program of the Aviv Older Adult Services – Tools for Aging division of Jewish Family & Career Services (JF&CS), the NORC has teamed up with Checker Taxi Cab Company to allow older adults to pay $5 for two $10 vouchers ($20 value), which they may use for curb-to-curb taxi service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Wheelchair-accessible taxis also are available if booked in advance.  This helps offset the cost of transportation, particularly at night, when transportation for seniors may be more difficult.

In addition to the taxi vouchers, JF&CS provides a similar voucher service for its Alterman/JETS transportation program, which is a shuttle service that gives priority to medical appointments, primarily for the late morning and early afternoon.  JF&CS also has a voucher program within its Legacy Home Care, allowing older adults to request a “transportation escort” – a certified nursing assistant who can accompany them for the duration of their trip.

“These programs address an important need for older adults in the community and will provide an excellent means for them to stay active and to move past what may have been limitations to their independence,” says Karen Harvell, the Georgia NORC Initiative program manager at JF&CS.

For more information, contact Jessica Wilson, Toco Hills NORC Coordinator  at 404-633-3033 or jwilson@jfcs-atlanta.org.

The Toco Hills NORC works to help fulfill social, emotional and educational needs for older adults and to create opportunities for them to engage their community and obtain access to a wide range of services.

Seniors in East Point may participate in a reimbursement program for volunteer drivers through East Point NORC (contact Leslie Bridges, program coordinator, at 404-762-2094 or leslie.bridges@fultoncountyga.gov). In addition, the Meyer Balser NORC in North Buckhead (contact Anne Grabois-Davis at 404-355-5696, ext. 2222, or agdavis@meyerbalser.org) has short notice medical transportation vouchers and other transportation discounts available to eligible seniors.

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ABOUT JF&CS

Jewish Family & Career Services (JF&CS) is a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization that offers a variety of programs and services to people in metro Atlanta, providing tools for living to individuals and families of all ages and needs.  Having provided social services to the greater Atlanta community for 120 years, JF&CS has grown to serve more than 30,000 individuals annually.  The agency currently manages more than 40 programs without regard to age, race, religion, national origin or ability to pay.  For more information, call 770.677.9300 or go to www.YourToolsForLiving.org.  The main office is located at 4549 Chamblee Dunwoody Road in Atlanta.