Cutbacks force program to rely on fundraisers

Without a free door-to-door transport service for seniors, a Center Grove area woman wouldn’t be able to live in her home.

Patty O’Sullivan needs to go to dialysis three times a week. But the 67-year-old woman hasn’t driven for 10 years due to multiple health problems. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, a driver picks her up at her house, takes her to her appointment and brings her back.

Other days, O’Sullivan gets rides to the grocery store, the pharmacy or the post office — all places she can’t get to on her own. She’s one of more than 500 seniors in Johnson County who use the free transportation service offered by Johnson County Senior Services, which provided more than 10,000 free rides last year.

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