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Salem Council on Aging receives grant to enhance transportation for seniors

Posted by Terri Ogan  May 30, 2013 11:16 AM

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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has awarded a $45,451 Mobility Assistance Program (MAP) grant to the Salem Council on Aging. The fund will help the board purchase a new replacement van.

"I am grateful to the Massachusetts DOT for recognizing the importance of supporting and enhancing mobility assistance initiatives for our seniors," said Mayor Kimberley Driscoll in a statement. "This grant will enable us to better serve our community's senior citizens."

The goal of the MAP program is to support programs and initiatives that ensure a higher standard of living for seniors and individuals living with disabilities throughout Massachusetts.

"These funds will help our Council on Aging replace an aging van with a new, more reliable, and more comfortable vehicle," said Council on Aging Director Karen Partanen in an announcement. "We are very excited about the opportunity this grant presents and look forward to continuing to provide Salem's seniors with this beneficial service."

The Council on Aging vans provide Salem seniors with free curb-to-curb transportation to and from the Senior Center at 5 Broad St., medical appointments, food shopping and more.

All vans are handicapped accessible and are available Monday through Friday. Requests for rides should be made two days in advance.

For more information on van schedules or how to make a reservation, visit the Council on Aging website, or call the board at 978-744-0924.

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