Northwest Valley Connect: An Overview. April 2014. Northwest Valley: Timeline. Sun Cities Area Transit closes doors in December 2010 Northwest Valley Transportation Stakeholders Group launched December 2010 ADOT/MAG Transit Systems Study of region – June 2013. Northwest Valley: Timeline.
Northwest Valley Connect: An Overview April 2014
Northwest Valley: Timeline • Sun Cities Area Transit closes doors in December 2010 • Northwest Valley Transportation Stakeholders Group launched December 2010 • ADOT/MAG Transit Systems Study of region – June 2013
Northwest Valley: Timeline • Benevilla and Sun Health represent the Northwest Valley region on MAG leadership committee to assess community needs to allow Aging in Place • Study of Community Needs • Community Leader Briefings (Dec 2012 and Jan 2013) • Focus Groups (March through May 2013) • Community Survey (March/April 2013) • Research on models and best practices (June – August 2013) • Business Plan development (June – December 2013) • Implementation (April 2014)
Summary of Research • Community Leaders • Need an accurate inventory of available services in the region • Transportation remains a challenge • Focus Groups • People turn to friends and neighbors for info on available services • Most everyone was volunteering formally or helping a friend/neighbor • Not one agency that comes to mind as the information hub • Transportation is a need in region • Initial interest shown in timebanking
Summary of Research • 75-78% of people surveyed expect to “age in place” • 80% of respondents drive themselves currently • Majority relying on friends/neighbors • Most pressing needs today: • Yard maintenance • Physical fitness, exercise • Housecleaning • Most pressing needs in 2-3 years: • Yard maintenance • Physical fitness, exercise • Housecleaning • Public transportation • Rides to appointments
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Connecting to Community NORTHWEST VALLEY CONNECT will enhance the opportunities that older adults have to be meaningfully involved within their communities through enhanced access to community resources, social opportunities and transportation.
Transportation Objectives • Northwest Valley Connect believes senior transportation can be enhanced in the region through a combination of efforts: • Public transportation enhancements, building on work of Northwest Valley Transportation Stakeholders Group • Continued advocacy to ensure regional collaboration of public transportation enhancements • Public-private collaboration and innovation, through development of hybrid model using a mobility manager, volunteers and paid drivers to fill existing gaps in service.
Northwest Valley Connect • Mobility Management Services • One-call center • Optimize use of existing resources • Identify gaps in transportation services (evenings/weekends) • Senior transportation service providing door-through-door service to fill identified voids • Combination of volunteer and paid drivers for 24/7 service • Paid dispatch using transportation software to promote trip efficiency
Northwest Valley Connect • Volunteers • Volunteer drivers can use own car or one of the small fleet of donated vehicles • Volunteer drivers can be compensated on a per mile basis or can donate miles • Revenue • In these models, riders typically pay an annual membership fee and a ride fare per trip. Alternatively, may use “suggested donation” • Grants and donations are expected to comprise 50-75% of annual program costs • Vehicle donation program: most donated vehicles will be liquidated; a few will be kept in fleet • “Scholarships” available for low income residents
Northwest Valley Connect: Current Status • Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws developed – February 2014 • Incorporated - March 2014 • Domain name reserved (www.northwestvalleyconnect.org) – March 2014 • Board formed; First board meeting April 18, 2014 • Recruiting underway for Executive Director/Mobility Manager • Developing logo • Identifying office space • Researching transportation software • Applying for 501(c)3 status
Northwest Valley Connect: Current Status • Board members: • Jennifer Drago, Sun Health staff • Jack Stephenson, Sun Health Board member • Darl Bachman, Sun Health Foundation Board member • Jane Bruzzese, Benevilla staff • Carol Struck, Benevilla Board member • Amber Curto, Benevilla Board member • Joyce Stoffers, Community resident, Sun City • Merlyn Carlson, Community resident, Sun City West • Deb Richards, Community resident, Surprise • Ex-officio: Michelle Dionisio, President/CEO, Benevilla • Ex-officio: Ron Guziak, President/CEO, Sun Health
Northwest Valley Connect: Current Status • Board Committees: • Recruitment/Selection Committee (Executive Director) • Philanthropic Committee • Marketing Committee
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