Oswego, NY: “The Call-N-Ride Bus gives me independence” was the common message shared with Jill Lyon and Natalyn Giverson, representatives from CENG, at the monthly Oswego County Visually Impaired (OCVI) luncheon held at Springside on August 19.
The two representatives of CENG, Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station, were invited to the luncheon in appreciation of Call-N-Ride. Call-N-Ride is a low-cost, curb-to-curb bus service that is available in Oswego County for the elderly as well as people with disabilities.
The service was initiated by an OCVI member who lost her ability to drive but still wanted to be able to visit her friend in a nursing home. CENG, a continued supporter of the program, recently awarded a grant of $30,000 to ARISE to help fund the Call-N-Ride bus service.
“OCO, which operates the bus service, provides about 600 rides a month, making it possible for individuals with vision loss and others to get to attend social events, shop, attend community events and see their doctor”, said Sabine Ingerson, Chair of the Vision Network. “The service is important for maintaining independence and reduces isolation.”
Members at the luncheon took the opportunity to share what the service means to them.
Jill Meade talked about how isolated she felt when she had to stop driving a few years ago despite wonderful family support.
“The bus is a gift,” she said. The members of the OCVI group have given her encouragement. “They have become my family.”
Another member, Frank Warren, shared that his family feels safe when he takes the Call-N-Ride bus.
“The bus drivers are very kind and well-trained,” he added. “Many of the members who attended the luncheon were only able to do so because Call-N-Ride was able to pick them up from home and take them to the monthly luncheon.”
If you would like to become involved in the Vision Network or learn more about Call-N-Ride, contact Sabine Ingerson at [email protected]
ARISE is a non-profit Independent Living Center run by and for people with disabilities. The organization has been providing advocacy and services since 1979, and each year ARISE works with approximately 4,000 people of all ages who have all types of disabilities. ARISE has offices in Onondaga, Oswego, and Madison Counties and operates ARISE at the Farm, a 77-acre recreational facility in Chittenango and ARISE & Ski at Toggenburg Winter Sports Center in Fabius.