The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) announced recently a $3 million investment in local communities to aid the transportation needs of the elderly and disabled in Ohio. The money will be used to purchase new vehicles and equipment which were not available previously.
“We have an obligation to recognize the needs of the elderly and disabled in our community and do what we can to help get them get where they need to go,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray.
The new equipment will help provide access to medical appointments, employment, grocery shopping, banking and other services. The funding is part of the ODOT’s Specialized Transportation Program with a goal of increasing personal mobility for the elderly and individuals with disabilities.
Overall 63 different non-profit agencies and organizations across 36 different counties in Ohio are receiving the funds.
Terry Fruth, director of finance of Quadco Rehabilitation Center in Williams County has directly seen the benefits this funding has on his facility.
“The funding we receive is essential to our program. We serve 240 individuals across four different counties in northwest Ohio. The majorities of the people we serve are developmentally disabled as well as mentally, physically, and economically disabled individuals. On average we put 40,000 mi. per month on all vehicles combined. This year, we will be able to purchase four new, much needed vehicles, to help provide the best service possible to our area.” said Mr. Fruth.