In our long and stable history, our goals have always been centered around continuing to provide satisfactory service to the community by increasing the potential number of clients and volunteers who are associated with ICare. As the needs of aging seniors in the Atlanta Metro area increase, we expect to grow in our commitment to human service and our expanded ability to meet their transport needs. You can help us meet our most important goals today by volunteering to drive a senior!
The DeKalb County Planning Department's Human Services manager, Margie C. Holmes wrote, I CARE: "At every public hearing and in two major studies of the needs of the elderly during the last ten years, transportation has emerged as the number one need for senior citizens .. Affordable, accessible transportation is ... a matter of life and death. Public resources alone cannot meet the need. (I CARE) is ingenious and a very important part of the solution."
We are a DeKalb County based 501 (c) (3) nonprofit that has been providing FREE transportation to medical appointments to fixed/low income seniors throughout the county. We are able to provide this FREE service with the help of our wonderful Volunteer Drivers, who use their own vehicles and gas to provide not only transportation to our seniors but also caring companionship to assist our seniors with door to door service. The I CARE program is designed to enhance and promote the quality of life, independence, dignity and overall health of those seniors served. We are the only FREE door to door transportation service of its kind. Our FREE service includes DeKalb County seniors with disabilities.
To serve DeKalb County senior citizens in need of free transportation to medical appointments. Our clients are unable to use other transportation services for financial and medical reasons, and many have no family members in the area to help them. I CARE volunteers use their own vehicles and set their own schedules. Each volunteer also provides caring companionship, usually waiting at the medical office for the client, then driving him or her safely home. The program is designed to enhance and promote the quality of life, independence, and dignity of those served. Services are available to those citizens who need more assistance than public transportation can provide.
"Transportation services are a major unmet need for older adults.” In 1997, a task force of concerned citizens met to discuss the lack of affordable transportation for senior citizens. They founded I CARE, INC. (Interfaith Companion And Ride Express) in 1998. That year, DeKalb County Human Service Manager Margie C. Holmes commented: “At every public hearing and in two major studies of the needs of the elderly during the last ten years, transportation has emerged as the number one need of senior citizen. I CARE is ingenious and a very important part of the solution.”