SPOKANE, Wash. – Retired Spokane Transit Authority van are now being used to offer free rides thanks to a new program.
Family of Faith Community Church Pastor Danny Green works to help people battling substance abuse.
"We have a lot of people they've lost their house, they've lost their cars, they lost everything so we go pick them up," said Green.
That is where the vans from the Spokane Transit Authority come in. Green said they were awarded their third from the Spokane Transit Surplus Van Grant Program this year. Spokane Transit Authority Communications Director Beth Bousley said when their Paratransit and Vanpool vans are no longer needed, they give them to community organizations.
“They still have a lot of life left in those vans so we like to make them available to the community," said Bousley.
She said the organization must be able to maintain the van, show it is being used by logging miles and it must be used to meet transportation needs of those with disabilities, low income or have mobility limitations. Artisans, an employment agency for those with disabilities, met those requirements. Artisan Director Polly Maxwell said they use the vans for a number of reasons.
“From providing on-the-job employment support for a variety of companies that we have and it can also be used to take a client to a job interview," said Maxwell.
If your organization is interested in applying for this grant, you can do so on the STA website. They will begin reviewing applications in January 2017.