Friday, February 22, 2013

An Ode to Volunteer Transportation

In the spirit of Dr. Seuss, here is a cheesy poem for your reading entertainment:
I could no longer drive and became quite upset;
for, who would take me to where I needed to get?
I felt downtrodden and quite stranded,
realizing how much I’d taken driving for granted.
I didn’t know what to do or whom to trust,
but was told, “Volunteer Transportation is a must!”
I called the program and registered right away
and scheduled my first ride for the next Friday.
My driver picked me up at a quarter to three;
she helped me into her car so patiently.
She made sure I was buckled in tight
as we drove off for my visit to see Dr. Bright.
Even though I hadn’t met her before,
we chatted as though we had strong rapport.
She made sure we arrived on time to the clinic
and was ready to take me home when I finished.
Our ride was soon over when we reached my abode,
and I waved to her as she backed into the road.
I smiled and thought with true elation:
“Thank goodness for Volunteer Transportation!”
I’ve had many rides and drivers since then,
and I’ve recommended the service time and again.
All of my drivers have been equally kind,
and  I’ve certainly noticed improved peace of mind.
Giving up my keys left me in utter disbelief,
but this program provided me with great relief.
To all of you volunteer drivers, I must say:
Thank you for gently helping me on my way!
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Client Profile: Mary Lou B.

This is Mary Lou's story, in her own words:

“I use both the Hyde Shuttle and Volunteer Transportation programs.  I don’t know what I’d do without these services.  I used to drive everywhere as a social worker caring for mentally ill veterans, but you never know what shocks life has in store for you.  I got very sick in 2003.  Everyone thought I was going to die.  After spending 7 months in the hospital, I remarkably survived.  However, I was no longer able to work or drive.  I now depend on these forms of transportation and can’t say enough good about them…The drivers are delightful and have made me feel so much better about losing my independence…  They are absolutely wonderful!”
*Mary Lou B., regular Hyde Shuttle and Volunteer Transportation client

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Funny Story: Not THAT Type of Grass

The following story comes from Eileen B., a Volunteer Transportation driver:
"I was driving a senior with limited vision who had a service animal.  We were sitting in the doctor's waiting room (for over an hour!) when she asked me: "Do you know if there is any grass around here?"  My immediate thought was that I have had some pretty strange requests from clients--but being asked to make a drug deal was a new one.  So, I said, "Marijuana?" She collapsed in laughter.  Turns out she just wanted me to take the service dog for a pee as we had been waiting so long. I did!"

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“Behind the Wheel” offers stories, reflections, news and updates about Sound Generations’ (formerly Senior Services') Transportation Program. Throughout King County, our inspiring volunteers provide needed mobility to local seniors, supporting them in their efforts to remain independent, healthy, and happy. Please drop by to read more about the unique experiences of our volunteers, clients and staff!
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