After years of making use of for grants and saving cash, the Jefferson Metropolis Housing Authority has a brand new bus for its senior residents.
The group obtained a $23,000 grant from the United Approach this 12 months.
Between the grant and about $30,000 saved throughout the previous couple of years, the Housing Authority lately bought a used bus.
“We’ve been saving cash for years making an attempt to buy a brand new bus,” venture specialist Amy VanOverschelde stated. “To get one that’s low miles and every part … they’re simply so costly. Even a used bus is round $50,000.”
She stated the Housing Authority utilized for 2 grants final 12 months and two this 12 months, looking for the funds.
“We had been very, very glad when United Approach selected us as one in every of their recipients,” VanOverschelde stated.
The 22-passenger bus arrived in Jefferson Metropolis from Tulsa, Oklahoma, this month and is getting detailed and decals added. It additionally consists of room for 2 wheelchairs and a carry for wheelchair-bound riders to get on.
VanOverschelde stated the bus is a 2016 Goshen Coach Impulse and is about the identical measurement because the previous bus.
She stated the Housing Authority primarily makes use of the bus at its senior
residing complexes — the place residents are at the very least 55 years previous.
“We’ve common journeys to the east finish and the west finish of city for purchasing to allow them to get groceries and that type of factor,” VanOverschelde stated. “Two days per week for certain, they’re out and about.”
VanOverschelde stated in addition they use the bus on weekly subject journeys, which had been quickly on maintain due to COVID-19, however are getting going once more.
As an illustration, the residents will go to a film or out for dinner.
The deterioration of the bus meant some common journeys modified.
VanOverschelde stated they might go to the Lake of the Ozarks in December to see Christmas lights, however because the bus turned unreliable, the Housing Authority stopped taking it outdoors metropolis limits.
“We wanted to remain throughout the metropolis limits so JeffTran might assist us if our bus broke down and we would have liked to get our residents again,” she stated. “We attempt to maintain our seniors very lively and provides them plenty of locations to go and issues to do.”
The Housing Authority plans to promote its previous bus and hopes to have the brand new one up and operating earlier than the top of the month.