RTA vehicle gets second life with Path of Life Ministries
RIVERSIDE, CA — April 20, 2012 — A homeless shelter in Riverside now has its own van to whisk its guests to job training and child care.
The Path of Life Ministries shelter on Thursday took delivery of a 2006 Ford El Dorado van as part of the Riverside Transit Agency's (RTA) vehicle donation program that connects buses and vans with non-profit groups. The vehicles have exceeded their recommended service life and are no longer capable of remaining in the active fleet, but are in good condition and equipped with amenities such as wheelchair lifts.
Path of Life's Vice President of Operations Damien O'Farrell said the white van, which seats up to 12 people and has space for three wheelchairs, will come in handy for transporting guests to employment centers where they get hands-on training and job skills necessary to succeed. The van will also transport children to day care facilities.
"We are truly excited about this partnership, and the opportunity to close those gaps in services for people who are the most vulnerable," O'Farrell said. "Providing transportation to job training and child care is a huge step in right direction."
In addition to a safe and warm place to sleep, shelter guests are offered an evening hot meal, breakfast in the morning, and shower and laundry facilities. Adults meet with staff to identify and reach their individual goals. Referrals to and assistance from community resources are also available. Each year, the shelter serves nearly 900 guests, the majority of which are children.
County Supervisors John Tavaglione and Bob Buster, who sit on the RTA Board of Directors, helped facilitate the donation. Buster said RTA's donation program prolongs the life of these useful vehicles and allows groups such as Path of Life Ministries to enhance their services.
"Transportation is critical for helping people get on their feet, restore family and strengthen their financial opportunities," Buster said. "RTA is putting tax-payer dollars to good use by giving these vehicles a longer, more productive life."
Said Tavaglione, "This is an extraordinary opportunity to put this vehicle to good use for a truly worthy cause. During these tough economic times, groups such as Path of Life are making a positive difference in our community."
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