VIP will now transport county's seniors and residents with disabilities
ELKHORN—Beginning April 1, seniors and people with disabilities in Walworth County will have a new provider for transportation services: VIP Services, Inc.
The nonprofit agency—which was founded to serve adults with disabilities through vocational rehabilitation--has been providing transportation services to its own clients since 1983 and, in recent years, has significantly expanded both its fleet of vehicles and the range of individuals served. The agency is already providing significant transportation services for clients of the long-term care Family Care program. New consumers will include seniors and adults with disabilities who have been receiving transportation to medical appointments, to senior dining centers and for necessary shopping through the Transportation Division of the Walworth County Department of Health and Human Services (WCDHHS).
VIP Services Executive Director Cindy Simonsen said the agency has been hard at work gearing up to be able to provide safe, timely and comfortable transportation services to this new group of consumers.
“VIP Services is pleased to have the opportunity to share the benefits of our many years of transportation experience with these new populations,” she said. “We have assembled a fleet of flexible, safe, clean and comfortable vehicles outfitted to serve populations with a variety of special needs and look forward to meeting as many needs as possible in a county that is currently without a mass transportation system. ”
The new arrangement also provides ongoing support for consumers of services through the Walworth County Department of Health Services (WCDHHS). WCDHHS Director Linda Seemeyer said the change in providers will allow county resources to be more effectively targeted toward program service needs and anticipates an excellent working relationship with VIP Services.
To be eligible to receive transportation services a person needs to be a resident of Walworth County aged 60 or above or an individual 18 years or older with a diagnosed disability and living independently in their own home or apartment. Questions may be directed to VIP's reservation line at (262)723-4043, ext. 161 – voice/TTY.
VIP Services is funded through a combination of fee for service contracts, revenues generated through its own production facilities and gifts and grants from private philanthropic sources. The organization receives funding from local United Way and partners with the Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.