Senior transportation program awarded state grant

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Gwinnett commissioners approved a $232,707 contract with the Georgia Department of Human Services. The contract will pay for transportation services for Gwinnett seniors 60 and older to and from senior centers and medical appointments and treatments. The state will provide group and/or one-way trips in wheelchair-accessible vehicles between July 1 and June 30 next year.senior transpor

“This is one of several transportation options we can offer seniors,” said Senior Services Manager Jamie Cramer. “We also offer transportation vouchers to get to and from medical appointments under a program called Get in Gear as well as a volunteer driver program with funding from the Atlanta Regional Commission that matches seniors in need of transportation with volunteer drivers. Thanks to the current SPLOST (special purpose local option sales tax) program, our senior centers are also getting dedicated vehicles to supplement our transportation needs.”

The nonprofit support group, Friends of Gwinnett County Senior Services, also helps raise money to support programs like home-delivered meals and light housekeeping that help homebound seniors age in place.

Seniors or caregivers who are interested in these services should call 678-377-4150 or visit the Gwinnett Senior Services Center in person at 567 Swanson Drive in Lawrenceville.

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