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Senior Adult Transportation Bus Service to start Jan. 4

The M-B-K Ecumenical Council is proud to announce the start of its Senior Adult Transportation Bus Service, an affordable, curb to curb, specialized transportation service for seniors and disabled residents of the Minoa-Bridgeport-Kirkville area. Beginning Jan. 4 the new 14 passenger handicap accessible bus will operate Monday through Friday, 9-4 pm on an on-call basis in Minoa, Bridgeport and Kirkville. Reservations must be made one week in advance to 454-2740. Trips will be provided for medical appointments (doctors, hospitals and physical therapy), grocery shopping, and the SAM program. Transportation is limited to seniors and residents with a mobility handicap. A donation of $5 per roundtrip is suggested. The bus is wheel chair accessible and easy to enter. Riders in manual wheelchairs must be accompanied by their own aide.

During January, the bus service will be introduced to each of the seven churches in the M-B-K Ecumenical Council. A Dedication Ceremony will be held 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 23 at the Minoa First United Methodist Church. Volunteers, the public, and all those who through their donations and efforts helped to make the bus possible are invited to attend. Sister Francis James Paris of the Ecumenical Council commented; "Our Senior Adult Ministry is rooted deeply in our commitment to building community and serving our seniors; enabling them to continue to build balanced social, spiritual, emotional and physically safe lives by providing for their necessary transportation needs."

SAM offers seniors a wonderful opportunity to have fun, enjoy good food, exercise and socialize with peers and form new friendships. Best of all, it's located in your community and is free of charge. Call 454-2740 for further information on "SAT" our new transportation service starting Jan. 4. Sponsored in part by the Minoa-Bridgeport-Kirkville Ecumenical Council and the Onondaga County Office for the Aging.

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