Grant Program Profile: Geer Transportation Dial-a-Ride
Geer Transportation Dial-a-Ride provides free transportation to seniors and disabled persons primarily for the residents of North Canaan, Canaan (Falls Village), Sharon, Salisbury, and Cornwall. We work with other public transit services to coordinate appropriate rides for seniors and disabled persons living outside the direct service area.
The target population has good knowledge of this program and many medical providers are aware of this service and recommend their patients use Geer Transportation. Several new senior riders are added monthly and the senior living groups advise their clients of this service regularly.
While the focus of our mission is to get our riders to their non-emergency medical appointments, rides for shopping, groceries, errands, social events, and employment are also provided. We have a variety of vehicles to meet the needs of our riders and our scheduler works with the riders to determine the best type of vehicle for their mobility needs.
Along with providing safe, clean, and timely rides we support our riders with assistance in making appointments and accessing resources to improve their quality of life.
Rider surveys consistently demonstrate the need and appreciation of this service with 100% of respondents considering their experience as excellent and good, the drivers courteous and respectful, the vehicles clean, and 100% declare they arrive on time to appointments.
Geer Transportation strictly follows CDC and state guidelines following proper safety protocol. We will continue to follow protocols for combatting the Covid-19 pandemic as long as necessary. The vehicles are sanitized numerous times throughout the day and drivers and riders wear faces masks and stay safely distanced.
You can read more at www.geercares.org. Our main phone number is (860) 824-2600. Dial-a-Ride number is (860) 824-7067.
All photos by Geer Village Senior Community
Listen to the 7/28/21 recorded interview of Ivana Powers, Director of Transportation at Geer Village Senior Community, talking about their transportation service and the Foundation for Community Health with Marshall Miles on Robin Hood Radio