Southeast Senior Services provides seniors with door-to-door transportation services in the Southeast Alaskan communities of Angoon, Craig, Haines, Hoonah, Hydaburg, Kake, Ketchikan, Klawock, Klukwan, Saxman, Sitka, Skagway, Wrangell, and Yakutat. Most of the transportation is operated out of the local senior centers who receive Nutrition, Transportation and Support Services grant money from the Alaska Division of Senior and Disabilities Services. We have developed a fleet of lift-equipped vehicles in each of these communities so that seniors with disabilities have access to community resources. We collaborate with other agencies to offer the best care possible to the special persons we serve.
For example, we partner with nine tribal organizations to operate their Title VI Part A (nutrition and transportation) programs for Alaska Native elders. In Angoon, Craig, Haines, Hoonah, Kake, Klawock, Sitka, Skagway, Wrangell, and Yakutat, our Title VI partners make it possible to offer more days of meal and ride services for local seniors. Some of our tribal partners provide additional support, such as for fuel or required grant matches.
In Juneau, Ketchikan, and Sitka, we serve as the Americans with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) Complementary Paratransit Provider. In these three communities where a public transit system is available, the local community contracts with us to operate as a “complement” to their bus system, accommodating the special needs of those passengers who are unable to use the regular bus due to disability. In Juneau and Sitka, the locals refer to the paratransit system as “the Care-A-Van.”
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (Alaska DOT&PF) grants us Operating Assistance funds to allow our senior centers in Haines and Kake to provide transportation to both seniors and people with disabilities of any age as well as transportation outside of the regular senior center hours. On Prince of Wales Island, the Operating Assistance grant pays for seniors and people with disabilities from Craig or Klawock to travel to the Hollis ferry terminal, giving them access to medical care in Ketchikan and beyond.
The Alaska DOT&PF also provides grants to help us replace our fleet of vehicles. In order to qualify for a replacement vehicle or operating assistance grant through the DOT&PF, we participate in the local transportation coordination planning group in each community we serve. Through coordination, we strive to provide the most safe and cost effective transportation services possible.
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