Monday, March 11, 2013

Hyde Shuttle Shoutout

Both our Volunteer Transportation and Hyde Shuttle programs provide equally valuable services to senior residents of King County, while offering fun and worthwhile ways for volunteer drivers to spend their time.  Although Hyde Shuttles can be found in 13 areas of the County, volunteer drivers run the routes in Shoreline/Lake Forest Park, Burien, and Des Moines.  They are a small but mighty bunch, and riders of the shuttles adore them. 

Here is the account of one such enthusiastic passenger:

“I love the Hyde Shuttle.  I would be very devastated if I didn’t have access to the program.  If I couldn’t ride the shuttle, I wouldn’t be able to get out and interact with other people my age at the Senior Center.  This is so important to me.  I’m always making new friends, and I really need socialization.  My life would be so boring if I didn’t have this opportunity.  Without that activity, I would feel lost and grow tired of watching TV so much.   Even weekends seem long.  I love meeting new people and making them feel comfortable. ..

Getting out also helps me with my mental agility.  I forget things a lot, and I’ve been told that I’m in the early stages of dementia.  I really think going to activities helps me keep my mind from getting weaker...I don’t know what I’d do without the program because I have balance problems and cannot use other transportation options…

The shuttles are all very nice and are in good condition.  The seats are also very comfortable, and I can come on in my wheelchair…

 The drivers are all so courteous and kind.  I appreciate them so much… I have every confidence in the world in them.  They all deserve a gold medal!!”

~~Carolyn A.,  regular Hyde Shuttle client

Three cheers (and a gold medal) for all Hyde Shuttle volunteer drivers!!


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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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