Archive for the ‘ITNBluegrass’ Category

Lex18 News Covers ITNBluegrass’ Call for Volunteers

November 2, 2020

https://www.lex18.com/news/covering-kentucky/independent-transportation-network-in-need-of-volunteer-drivers-to-help-seniors

ITNBluegrass Executive Director Interviewed by Local NBC TV Station

March 31, 2020

ITNBluegrass Continues to Deliver Rides, Despite Coronavirus

March 26, 2020

https://www.lex18.com/were-open/senior-ride-service-up-and-running-despite-coronavirus

 

Lexington Herald Leader: It’s like Uber for seniors — complete with ‘arm-through-arm’ walk to the door

December 11, 2016

ITNBluegrass Executive Director Laura Dake stands with rider Jack Carty. Carty, 88, works five to six days a week and gets rides from ITNBluegrass to get there. Photo provided BY TOM MARTIN

Laura Dake is executive director of ITN or Independent Transportation Network-Bluegrass. Due to a recent injury that left me temporarily unable to drive, I turned to ITN for transportation around Lexington and quickly discovered what an important difference this nonprofit is making in so many lives in the Bluegrass area. So, I invited Laura to share information about her organization.

Q: First, a brief history on the origins of ITN-Buegrass.

A: About 10 years ago or so, ITN-America decided to launch its model nationwide. In 2007, a lady named Gale Reece had recently retired and was looking for a project in the local community that had something to do with aging. She was particularly interested in housing, but went to the city of Lexington and was told that the real issue in this area was transportation — that people couldn’t really live in their homes without the transportation to get places. They found that ITN-America had started to launch their model nationwide, submitted an application to ITN-America, and it was accepted. I came onboard as a fundraiser because the requirement was that the affiliate needed to raise about $125,000 in order to start.

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Lexington Herald Leader: Tom Eblen: Non-profit transportation network celebrates 50,000 rides in seven years

January 26, 2016

Roger Parry drove Ruth Mercer, left, and Ethel Stepp on Dec. 11 on the 50,000th trip of ITN Bluegrass, a non-profit organization that provides transportation for elderly and visually impaired people in Lexington. Laura Dake

Ruth Mercer hasn’t been able to drive for some time, so when doctors last spring told her husband, Jerry, that he should quit driving, she was concerned how they would get around.

The couple recently gave up their home of 43 years off Clays Mill Road to move into an apartment at their daughter’s house, but they didn’t want to be constantly asking her for transportation

Then somebody told them about ITN Bluegrass, a non-profit agency that gives rides to people older than 60 or with visual impairment in Lexington and parts of Jessamine and Woodford counties.

“It has afforded me a lot of freedom,” said Mercer, who uses the service two or three times a week. “I really appreciate what they do. I don’t feel like I’m in a cab. I feel like I’m having a friend drive me.”

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Public News Service: Helping KY Seniors Get Around Town Safely

August 10, 2015

PHOTO: Driving means independence in our busy culture, and older people are understandably hesitant to give up their car keys. But they're also more willing to consider it when communities, such as Lexington, make alternate transportation a priority. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Research confirms what many folks already know – the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says per mile traveled, fatal crashes increase noticeably at age 70 and are highest among drivers 85 and up.

When Katherine Freund’s now-adult son was three, he was struck by a vehicle driven by an 84-year-old driver. After not talking about the traumatic experience for nearly two decades, Freund came full circle – now using it to shed light on safety and mobility issues facing seniors.

In her words, “telling stories helps solve problems,” so she’s in Kentucky today, to hear what others have to say. “This issue touches millions of people and there are millions of stories out there,” she says. “And, if we’re really going to solve this problem, it has to be about everybody’s stories, not just me, not just my son.”

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Kentucky.com: Business awards – Week of June 8

June 16, 2015

Twenty percent of i know expo sponsorship dollars from the 2015 i know expo went into the Blue Grass Community Foundation i know expo foundation. From it, awards were made to two local nonprofits. The total collected this year was $5,400. Of that, the 20 percent went to the i know expo initial nonprofit sponsor, ITNBluegrass (Independent Transportation Network), which offers dignified transportation for seniors. Kentucky CancerLink received the rest.

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Nashville Public Television: Aging Matters – Aging in Place

May 29, 2015

NPT Reports Aging in Place

The fifth installment in Nashville Public Television’s NPT Reports: Aging Matters series examines what it takes for Tennesseans to successfully age in place.

It’s what most of us say we want, to age in our own home until the end of our lives. But aging in place is no guarantee of a high quality of life. And as we age, our needs may change. Will we be able to climb the stairs, reach those upper cabinets, and manage the upkeep any home requires?

In the documentary you will hear from Americans facing decisions now. What are the common challenges, are there examples of people making it work?

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I Know Expo wants to educate elderly, caregivers

April 8, 2013

We noticed that if people have transportation they can stay in their homes five years longer,” she said. But even then, some of their clients needed services beyond just transportation.

That’s when the seed for the I Know Expo took root. The event centers on issues that affect the elderly and their caregivers and will feature vendor displays and breakout sessions with speakers on subjects such as veterans benefits, prescriptions, housing options for those who can no longer remain in their home, fall prevention and financial exploitation.

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Interview featuring Laura Dake of ITNBluegrass, describing how ITN works and the benefits of using the ITN

June 4, 2012