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A ride to lunch at The Neighbors meal site

C.I.D.E.R. currently operates 7 staff-driven vehicles for transportation of seniors and persons with disabilities living in Grand Isle County.  These include 3 wheelchair-lift equipped 14 or 10 passenger mini-bus sized vehicles, 3 Dodge Grand Caravan vehicles equipped with manual wheelchair ramps that carry one wheelchair plus a couple of ambulatory riders, and a standard Dodge Grand Caravan. These vehicles are used to bring individuals and groups to medical appointments and therapy, meals at the C.I.D.E.R. senior meal site, weekly shopping trips to Saint Albans and Williston (Taft Corners including Walmart), adult day programs in Saint Albans and Chittenden County, as well as a variety of personal, social, and group excursion trips.

The funding to operate these vehicles comes from several sources including a grant from the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans), billable and contracted services (e.g. Medicaid), rider donations, United Way of Northwest Vermont, and general fund raising. There is no set charge for riding on one of these vehicles, however donations are always gratefully accepted and encouraged.

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Two of our 14 passenger vans at the office on a warm June day.

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 Our newest manual ramp equipped mini-van.

For individuals who are ambulatory and can ride in a regular automobile we usually turn to our wonderful crew of volunteer drivers…arguably the best volunteer driver program in Vermont!

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C.I.D.E.R. Transportation Coordinator Deb Piché (left) and volunteer driver Dori Fairbanks