More than one in five adults 65 years of age and over does not drive. Transportation is recognized as one of the most important and under-addressed needs for older adults. Transportation to grocery stores and to medical and dental appointments is essential.
The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond provides services to older adults in the community who, for whatever reasons, cannot provide those services for themselves. Included services are:Transportation: round-trip rides to medical & dental appointmentsGrocery Shopping: food shopping done for persons unable to shop for themselvesHandyman: minor home repairs including plumbing, electrical, and carpentry These cost-free services are available to anyone in the community who is age 60 or over. It is not necessary to be a Shepherd’s Center member to receive services. A client who needs help may call the office and speak with an office volunteer, who will match the client with a volunteer driver (handyman, etc.) who lives near the client.
Each year, roughly 85 volunteer drivers, using their own cars, fill over 1,300 round-trip ride requests. Drivers almost always stay with the client at the doctor’s office, and often stop with the client at a pharmacy on the way home to fill a prescription. The personal satisfaction derived from regularly providing transportation to clients who could not otherwise make the trip is tremendous. One volunteer driver insists on using the word “friends” rather than “clients”. This driver has routinely taken people to medical appointments and grocery shopping for more than 15 years. Moreover, volunteers made hundreds of Friendly Visits or Calls and many minor home repairs last year in response to requests.
Primary Population Served
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens