Coastal Bend Region

Deploying Mobility as a Service Across 11 Counties

Transportation challenges in the Coastal Bend are creating gaps in services for seniors and individuals with disabilities in the rural communities.  Feonix is partnering with the Coastal Bend Center for Independent Living and the Area Agency on Aging to deploy mobility as a service to enhance transportation options for the community.


Through a planning grant sponsored by the US National Aging and Disability Transportation Center leadership circles have been established across the region to activate local community partners in transforming the mobility ecosystem.


Focus groups were also held throughout the region in Corpus Christi, Kingsville, and Aransas Pass to learn about local community challenges from the perspectives of community members experiencing daily challenges with transportation in accessing medical care, getting to work, and classes.


Finally, a pilot program was launched with the Coastal Plains Behavioral Health Center in 3 locations  to enhance technology coordination for in -house and volunteer drivers for patients in accessing the center for appointments.

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Mobility Leadership Circle Meetings

Members

Across the Coastal Bend leaders from a variety of agencies have come together to enhance mobility options in the region.  Below is a list of the organizations who have joined us in the mobility pilot program.


2-1-1 Helpline/United Way 

American Cancer Society 

Amistad Community Health 

Aransas County Independent School District 

Bayview Behavioral Health Outreach 

Bee County Community Affairs 

Brush County CASA 

Casa Ricardo- Senior Living 

CHRISTUS Spohn Health System 

City of Aransas Pass 

Coastal Bend Area Agency on Aging 

Coastal Bend Center for Independent Living Coastal Plains Community Center 

Coastal Bend College

Community Action Corporation of South Texas 

Corpus Christi Parks and Recreation Department Corpus 

Christi Regional Transit Authority 

Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Coastal Bend 

Green N Go Cab 

Kingsville Adult Probation 

Kleberg County 

Kleberg County Veteran's Office 

MCH Family Outreach 

Metro Ministries 

Refugio County Elderly Services 

South Texas Colonia Initiative Inc.

Superior Health Plan, a Centene Company 

Texas A&M University- Kingsville 

The Purple Door 

United Healthcare 

WellMed Foundation 

Located in the Coastal Bend and want to join?

For more information about the Mobility Leadership Circles, please contact the Feonix Partnership Director - Kate Schramm at kate@feonixmobilityrising.org.

Sponsored by: National Aging and Disability Transportation Center

In Washington DC, Feonix staff &  partners with NADTC sponsors at the Community Access Board

In Washington DC at the Program Planning Meeting, Valerie Lefler, - Steve Yaffee, Kate Schramm, Virginia Dize,  Carol Wright Kenderdine, and Russell Weir together at the Community Access Board conference room.

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PARTNERS

Coastal Bend Center for Independent Living

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Area Agency on Aging of the Coastal Bend

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Coastal Plains Community Center

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Mobility & Public health Challenges in the Colonias

The Voices of the Forgotten

One of the most under served vulnerable populations in the coastal bend are the Colonias.  Over 40 small communities where lack of transportation is just the beginning of the cascading issues facing over 30,000 people throughout the region.  


Affordable access to clean water, power, sewer systems, road maintenance, groceries, medical care, and even protection in the event of a fire are critical issues facing residents of these small villages.


Below are just a few recent images of the Colonias in Nueces County Texas.

Above, Lionel Lopez, Executive Director of the  South Texas Colonia Initiative, Inc., holds a map showing all the Colonias across the Coastal Bend and speaks to the Mobility Leadership Circle about current transportation challenges - children walking to school in raw sewage when the streets flood, veterans unable to leave their houses for medical treatment because poor road conditions, seniors starving from waiting 3 days to get to the grocery store for the public transit to come.  

Volunteer Drivers Needed

The Mobility Leadership Circle has identified that we need over 114 volunteer drivers across the region to fill in the mobility gaps for seniors, individuals with disabilities, veterans, young families, and students.


Volunteers will receive $0.58 cents a mile and have the flexibility to volunteer when it works best in their schedules.


To learn more and complete our 30 second application process
CLICK HERE!

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