Spring­dale res­i­dent able get to work through care2ride pro­gram

Nor'wester (Springdale) - - Front Page - BY DANETTE DOO­LEY

SPRING­DALE, NL — Re­becca Nor­man has more to over­come than most in get­ting to work.

The Spring­dale woman has cere­bral palsy. Mo­bil­ity is one of the ma­jor ob­sta­cles she has to over­come to be a pro­duc­tive mem­ber of so­ci­ety.

Nor­man wants to work, and loves her job at the Green Bay Com­mu­nity Em­ploy­ment Cor­po­ra­tion. Hav­ing cere­bral palsy, even get­ting to a job can prove to be dif­fi­cult.

She is thank­ful there is a pro­gram in Spring­dale to as­sist. The Green Bay North care2ride pro­gram pro­vides trans­porta­tion to se­niors and other peo­ple with mo­bil­ity is­sues. The 26-year-old, who re­quires a wheel­chair to get around, has been us­ing the pro­gram to get to work for nearly three years.

It is im­por­tant to Nor­man be­cause she en­joys her job — a lot.

“I shred pa­per, I get ev­ery­thing ready for events ... if there’s a big event com­ing up like Win­terfest, I get ready for that,” an en­thu­si­as­tic Nor­man said.

The Green Bay As­so­ci­a­tion for Com­mu­nity Liv­ing part­ners with nu­mer­ous com­mu­nity groups to host the an­nual Win­terfest ac­tiv­i­ties.

Nor­man likes hav­ing Joe Hann as her vol­un­teer driver. He not only drives her to work and picks her up, she said, but also takes her to any ap­point­ments she may have.

“He’s friendly and he helps me a lot,” she said. “I’d be lost with­out Joe.

“Sharon and Joe are very sweet and very kind,” Nor­man added, re­fer­ring to care2ride pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor Sharon Pel­ley. She also takes Nor­man and other care2ride par­tic­i­pants where they need to go.

About the pro­gram

Care2ride is a multi-com­mu­nity, vol­un­teer-driven ser­vice of­fered by the Town of Spring­dale and Life Un­lim­ited for Older Adults. Pel­ley is em­ployed by both the town and the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

“Ev­ery Thurs­day I take the Cen­tral Health Val­ley Vista bus here in town for any­one who’d like to go up­town,” Pel­ley said of the town’s part­ner­ship with Cen­tral Health. “There are (care2ride par­tic­i­pants) that use that bus ev­ery week.” She also uses the bus for Life Un­lim­ited Older Adults events.

Eigh­teen peo­ple in Spring­dale par­tic­i­pate in the care2ride pro­gram, ac­cord­ing to Pel­ley.

There is a small fee for users — $20 gets par­tic­i­pants five tick­ets. One ticket can be used for a ride to and from their des­ti­na­tion.

Fund­ing ar­range­ment

The pro­gram got its start through fund­ing from the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment — the depart­ment now called Chil­dren, Se­niors and So­cial De­vel­op­ment Depart­ment. Ini­tial fund­ing was for a three-year pi­lot pro­gram for Green Bay North, which con­cluded in May. How­ever, in July Pre­mier Dwight Ball an­nounced ad­di­tional fund­ing to­talling $300,000, ear­marked to six or­ga­ni­za­tions, through gov­ern­ment’s Age-Friendly Grants Pro­gram. The Town of Spring­dale re­ceived $50,000.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Re­becca Nor­man of Spring­dale, pic­tured with driver Joe Hann, avails of the care2ride pro­gram for trans­porta­tion to and from work.

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