CHANGING LIVES ONE RIDE AT A TIME
Celebrating 500,000 miles!
The mission of Nutmeg Senior Rides is to improve the quality of life for people 50 and older and adults with visual impairments by providing members affordable, door-through-door, personal transportation. Rides to work are available as well as any other purpose and service are 365 days a year.
Volunteers provide over 50% of our rides and are the key factor in keeping rides available & affordable, keeping program costs down, and keeping our program intrinsically connected to the community. We have a service area in CT: West Suffield, Bloomfield, South Windsor, Somers, Enfield, Vernon, Granby, East Granby, Suffield, Windsor Locks, and East Windsor.
Russ Pound, East Granby
My dad, Russ Pound, was fortunate enough to have been able to have driving services provided by Nutmeg Senior Rides for many years. He had been an avid hockey fan of the Hartford Wolf Pack since they came to Hartford after the Whalers left. When his eyesight starting to deteriorate and he was unable to drive at night, he still wanted to see his beloved Wolf Pack play their games. This was when Margaret started driving my dad back and forth to the games and this continued for the next 8 years. He would also call on her to get to many doctor appointments that he was unable to drive to, or we were not able to take him to. My mother also used the services provided by Nutmeg Senior Rides, as she stopped driving many years ago. If my dad wasn't available to take her to a doctor appointment, they would make arrangements with Margaret to get her where she needed to go. I can't even begin to explain how happy this made our entire family that my dad was still able to go see these games and see This boys" play hockey. It meant the world to him to be able to continue to do so. It was what he looked forward to all winter and we were just happy that we were fortunate enough to have these services provided to my dad for so many years. When my dad passed away this past July, it was a very difficult time for our family. It meant so much to our family when Margaret was there to give her support to us, once again. My dad truly considered her to be a dear friend. We will be forever grateful to Margaret and her wonderful staff for the wonderful service they provided, to both my parents, over the years. She truly has been an angel to our family over the years! Keep up the important work you do Margaret, it truly gives people a wonderful quality of life! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Debbie Sponzo and Family
Thomas Grossi, Windsor
I am 75 years old and have been blind since birth and live at a retirement community in Windsor CT. For some of my transportation needs I utilize Greater Hartford Transit and the town of Windsor Dial-a-ride, but they do not offer 24 hour a day service. I also regularly use Nutmeg senior rides as they provide service 7 days a week 24 hours a day. To be eligible for their service you must be over the age of 50 or be visually impaired or blind. Their service is door to door and their drivers are friendly, kind and helpful and always pick me up on time. Nutmeg Senior Rides has taken me to my volunteer jobs at the library for the blind in rocky hill and CRIS radio in Windsor. They have also taken me to a low vision support group and Sacred Heart Church both located in Bloomfield. I most appreciated the time nutmeg provide me with transportation to the funeral mass of my best friend’s sister on a Saturday morning at 9 am in Granby CT. None of my family members or friends were available to take me. I have been utilizing Nutmeg since January 2009 and will continue to do so in the future. Because of their assistance I have increased my ability to travel independently.
Judy, South Windsor
When I got out of the hospital my doctor gave me a list of doctor appointments I had to go see. But I couldn’t drive my car and everybody I knew worked, so I could not get to my appointments. Someone at the hospital gave me a list of drivers that could take me. I called Nutmeg Senior Rides. They were my life saver. They took me to all my appointments on time and brought me straight home after. They are an excellent dependable service.
Paulette Dumais, the first Nutmeg rider
Why Nutmeg Senior Rides is so important to me! Nutmeg Senior Rides provides more than ‘transportation.’ A member who utilizes the service no longer feels ‘shut in’. With this independence, they contribute to society, their community, and their families. I strongly believe if a person’s outlook is at a high level, it affects your health! For whatever reason they chose to no longer drive, this option is there to participate in life’s every day scenarios. Every member has a story of our service, and keeping the cost down is so important. This program helps accomplish that. Society and communities benefit when seniors’ are able to share!
Walter Bednaz, Windsor Locks
Thank goodness for Margaret Hale and her Team at Nutmeg Senior Rides! In caring for our aging parents, Mom 91 and Dad 93, my sister and I have come to realize how much is lost when a loved-one is no longer able to drive. It’s far more than just an inconvenience. For our Dad, driving his car was a source of pride. When he lost that ability, his personal freedom, spontaneity, independence and sense of identity and well-being were significantly impacted. Thank goodness we found Nutmeg Senior Rides because they’ve played an invaluable part in filling that loss. The ride service they provide is truly life-saving and the care and quality with which they provide it, is nothing short of amazing! Over the last 2+ years, a Nutmeg driver has taken our Dad out for a ride every Wednesday… wherever he wants to go… and on Friday evenings… Dad and Mom enjoy a ride out to dinner, are escorted into their favorite restaurant and then safely driven home again. Margaret and her Team are responsive, flexible, and caring… and their rates are more than fair. My family and I are very grateful for Nutmeg’s commitment and service and expect their ride service to be an integral part of our parents lives as long as possible. Jacqueline & Diane
Debbie Schack, Enfield
Nutmeg Senior Rides has been an important part of my "support" team since I moved back to Connecticut 5 years ago. They have provided me with transportation to and from my life-saving dialysis treatments and that was whether I was in my wheelchair or using my walkers. At one point they had picked up a member of my family then went to my house to bring my wheelchair to me while I was in the hospital. Another time they picked up my dog and I to get to a Vet appointment. For errands, Doctor visits or Doggie "care" these kind, considerate and helpful people have been there when I needed them. With many thanks, Debbie Schack
Phyllis Small, West Hartford
Margaret and her staff at Nutmeg Senior Rides provided wonderful support to my brother for many years when he could no longer drive himself. They took him to his dialysis, medical appointments, and sometimes grocery shopping. They were punctual, warm, friendly, and supportive, and I could count on them to call me if my brother’s condition worsened. Their service relieved me as primary care giver of a great deal of stress, We could not have managed without them.
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