Many frail elderly seniors stay at home all day since they either can’t get out of the house , feel unsafe on their own, or are unable to travel by public transportation due to medical conditions. Other seniors are frustrated by other transportation programs that require clients to wait outside for pick up. JCCGCI helps these seniors with one of the largest transportation programs in the City.
JCCGCI’s Senior Citizen Transportation Program serves seniors, 60 or over, from Brooklyn, who cannot afford private car service and have disabling conditions that make travel difficult. In addition we are able to serve Holocaust survivors who live anywhere in Brooklyn. We bring the seniors to medical appointments (if they are not Medicaid eligible), senior centers, benefit offices and other essential appointments. By doing this, we enable these seniors to remain in their own homes and maintain their independence. Senior center directors or senior citizen group coordinators can also arrange group trips to educational, recreational or shopping sites.
Our Transportation Program allows clients to wait in the comfort of their home for a phone call that their driver is waiting outside. Clients may book as far in advance as they like, but do not have to specify a return time in advance; they can call for their return trip when their appointment is complete. JCCGCI Transportation staff members are fluent in English, Hebrew, Hungarian, Russian, Spanish and Yiddish.
Depending on a client’s needs we offer individual car service trips, individual ambulette trips, group van shuttle trips to senior centers or shopping sites and group bus trips for education, recreation or shopping. When clients are not well and weak from treatments, we arrange for individual door to door rides so that they don’t have to ride around while other clients are picked up and dropped off.
When a client calls JCCGCI to enroll in the Transportation Program, the application can be processed immediately and the client can begin to schedule rides. They can also be referred to other JCCGCI programs or a case worker who can help them obtain additional assistance. In areas where JCCGCI offers both homecare and transportation, the two departments work together, so with one call the client can arrange both an aide to accompany them to the doctor, and the ride itself.
Our Transportation Program has serviced as many as 5,400 clients a year and has provided as many as 103,000 units of service (one-way trips).
The 2017 report regarding the need for, and accomplishments of, our highly acclaimed Senior Citizen Transportation program may be viewed HERE.
The Federal Transit Administration/NYSDOT for its contract to provide transportation to seniors residing anywhere in the borough of Brooklyn.
The Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany for its contract to provide transportation to Holocaust Survivors residing anywhere in the borough of Brooklyn.
The New York City Department for the Aging for its support of transportation services (including the New Freedom Grant) in Brooklyn Community Districts 10-15, 17 and 18 in the Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, Borough Park Kensington, Brighton Beach, Canarsie, Coney Island, Ditmas Park, East Flatbush, Flatbush, Manhattan Beach, Midwood, Sea Gate and Sheepshead Bay neighborhoods
The New York City Department of Youth and Community Development for its support of JCCGCI’s transportation services in Brooklyn Community District 13 in the Brighton Beach, Coney Island and Sea Gate neighborhoods.