Lebanon, TN 37087
MISSION: To preserve quality of life and foster a connected community for older adults in Wilson County by providing safe transportation to local destinations.
Transportation continues to rank as a top need for senior adults in Wilson County, Tennessee. Kelly Cab serves the Lebanon community but doesn't extend to Mt. Juliet or Watertown. Mid Cumberland Transit serves more than Wilson County and is a good service for non-ambulatory clients. Uber and Lyft also provide services here, however, they may not always be the choice of transportation for older adults.
In 2019, there were 23,195 people over the age of 65 living in Wilson County making it the 5th highest number of seniors out of 95 counties in Tennessee. Of this population, 20% lived alone and 6% did not have a car or didn't drive anymore. It is estimated that by 2030, the 65+ population will increase by 44% and 20% of all residents in Wilson County will be 65+. *
Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto recognized this need for transportation and was passionate about making Wilson County a great place for seniors to live. He had a vision to change the face of aging in Wilson County by engaging older adults and connecting them to the community. At the same time, Maggie Lea, owner of Home Instead Services located in Lebanon, TN recognized that hospital re-admission rates for seniors were high and knew that part of this was due to seniors not having access to affordable transportation in order to keep their regular healthcare appointments. Mayor Hutto and Maggie Lea engaged with the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce Healthcare Roundtable to take this transportation project on. Soon after, a highly effective Board of Directors was formed. In April of 2020, Wilson Rides, Inc. was established as a new nonprofit organization whose mission was to preserve quality of life and foster a connected community for older adults in Wilson County by providing safe transportation to local destinations. In February of 2021, a new Executive Director was hired, Gaye Lynn Wilson, with plans to start giving rides in May of 2021.
Wilson County is changing the face of aging with services to reduce the isolation and support the active lifestyles of our older adults. Senior Ride Wilson helps to preserve the quality of life and foster a connected community for older adults in Wilson County by providing safe transportation to local destinations.
In 2019, this is the picture of our aging community:
• 23,195 adults over age 65
• 20% live alone
• 6% of these households do not have a car
In 2021, Wilson Rides plans to give back with:
• At least 25 volunteers giving a minimum of 1-2 hours per month
• At least 250 roundtrip rides within Wilson County
Our volunteer drivers fill a gap in transportation services with this individual scheduled ride service in the county.
Top 5 Most Pressing Needs as an Organization
1. Volunteer Drivers
2. Funding to Offset Volunteer Driver Expenses
3. Funding for Additional Program Expenses
4. Vehicle to Transport Riders
5. Permanent Office Location
|Primary Category:||Human Services - Senior Centers/Services|
|Secondary Category:||Human Services - Transportation Assistance|
Services are currently available for residents in Wilson County.
|TN - Wilson|