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.
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 Veteran's Office
MCH Family Outreach
Refugio County Elderly Services
South Texas Colonia Initiative Inc.
Superior Health Plan, a Centene Company
Texas A&M University- Kingsville
The Purple Door
For more information about the Mobility Leadership Circles, please contact the Feonix Partnership Director - Kate Schramm at email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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Washington, DC—Today, the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC) announced the award of $200,000 in competitive grants to ten communities in ten states ...