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Glade Sun

June 25, 2014

FGRS to offer Transportation Program

CROSSVILLE — Over the last several months, Fairfield Glade Resident Services (FGRS) has been busy planning a transportation program for the residents of Fairfield Glade who are ambulatory, over the age of 60 and don’t drive, or have a medical condition prohibiting them from driving. This developing program is named “Way to Go,” and is the result of findings by the Fairfield Glade Community Club’s 2007 Long Range Planning Committee and the 2013 Strategic Planning Committee of FGCC which established transportation as a high priority need in Fairfield Glade.

FGRS is pleased to announce that this will be a door-to-door senior friendly program, featuring volunteer drivers using their personal cars to transport qualified riders to and from any location in Fairfield Glade and/or Crossville. Our drivers will pick you up at your door and escort you to their car, make you comfortable, take you anywhere you wish to go, and remain with you throughout your trip. This on demand program will enable you to schedule a doctor’s appointment, visit a pharmacy, go grocery shopping, stop off at the bank, or any other essential trip needed to make life easier for you. Once all your errand needs have been met, the driver will take you back home and escort you to your door. If you have accumulated packages, the driver will place them inside your door and you will move them from there. The driver will not be expected to enter your home, so plan carefully.

There will be an annual membership fee of $25 for a resident to be a rider in this program.  Rides will be prepaid in blocks of five rides at $6 per ride. A three-hour time limit has been established for each ride, which must be scheduled at least three days in advance. If excess time is needed or taken, a second trip charge will have to be paid.

At this time, FGRS is looking for those who would like to volunteer to be drivers, helping their fellow residents achieve greater independence. If you would like to learn more about volunteering for this program, please contact FGRS at fgrsoffice@frontier.com. You must have a computer and a cell phone to be able to volunteer for this program.

Another position to be filled is that of a part-time operations manager. This manager will be hired as an independent contractor. Having good computer skills and being able to communicate well with others is essential in this position. If this interests you please contact FGRS at frgsoffice@frontier.com for more information.

FGRS is looking forward to making this “Way to Go!” program a reality and providing the needed service to the residents of Fairfield Glade. The goal is to launch this program in January 2015. You will hear more about this upcoming program in the future so look for articles and announcements and prepare for the day when you can Ride with FGRS.

Please visit our new website at www.fgrservices.org and learn more about FGRS and the many programs offered to the residents of Fairfield Glade. You can now find us on Facebook.

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