avatar

Transportation program returns; energy assistance still available

Written by Bruce Lindner. Posted in Featured, Senior Living

Published on May 31, 2020 with No Comments

The PCACS transportation program is slowly returning for clients who need help getting to and from their medical appointments.Our buses are back rolling!

We are ready to transition back into offering transportation services, which began June 1. Initially, we are only offering transportation to our clients that need to get to and from their medical appointments. We plan to have eight buses in operation from 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

We have procedures in place to ensure that our clients and bus drivers remain healthy. All passengers and our drivers will be wearing face masks. Before boarding our buses, clients will have to have their temperature taken. If it is higher than 99.6 degrees, we will not transport the client.

We will also inquire about COVID-19 related-symptoms. Clients or their personal assistants must confirm that they have not had symptoms and have not been in close contact with individuals who have been diagnosed.

We will also be limiting the number of passengers on our buses at one time during the first two weeks of June as we ease back into operation.

Rides can be scheduled between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, by calling 219-462-4302.

We are planning every precaution as we bring back this vital service to our clients.

Energy Assistance Extended

The Energy Assistance Program season is longer than usual this year. We are able to help community members through July 31, 2020. The program is for those who are struggling to pay their energy bills. If participants are approved, a payment is made to the client’s energy provider.

Our team is pivoting to offer assistance through no-contact channels. We can help those who are new to the program through our offices.

Community members can apply online through the EAP Connect website: https://ihcda.rhsconnect.com/portal.

Porter County residents new to the program can also download, fill out and mail in an application to PCACS. Access the application and receive more details at: https://www.portercountyacs.org/energy-assistance.

EAP applicants who have already received help during the 2019-20 season can apply for crisis assistance if they have a past-due balance on their energy bills. To seek help, call Northwest Indiana Community Action at 1-800-826-7871, Option 1, and ask for EAP Crisis Assistance.

Food Box Update

Funds raised by Boulder Bay Realty Group continue to support the food box delivery initiative.

Seniors or community members in need of food assistance can call PCACS at 219-464-9736, Option 1. The team helped raise more than $10,000.

Town & Country is boxing up needed food supplies and PCACS bus drivers are delivering directly to doorsteps on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

We are honored to have received these funds to help as many people as possible. We encourage community members in need to call and get on our delivery schedule.

All opinions, conclusions and recommendations expressed are those of the author and do not reflect the views of The Chronicle. Bruce Lindner has worked in the non-profit world for more than 35 years and for the past 12 years has been serving as the executive director of Porter County Aging and Community Services. For more information, contact him directly at 219-465-7144 or email at bhlindner@portercountyacs.org.

 

Photo cutline:

 

 

 

Be Sociable, Share!

Share This Article

About Bruce Lindner

avatar

All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle.  Bruce Lindner has worked in the not-for-profit world for more than 25 years and has been executive director of Porter County Aging and Community Services for five. A native of the Region, he was raised in Portage and he graduated from Valparaiso University. You can call him at 219-464-9736 or e-mail at bhlindner@frontier.com.

Browse Archived Articles by

No Comments

Comments for Transportation program returns; energy assistance still available are now closed.