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HOMELESS SHELTER GETS NEW SET OF WHEELS

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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BUS STUFFED FOR CHILDREN IN NEED

Donations exceed 10,000 items, reach all-time high for annual event

RIVERSIDE, CA — November 12, 2012 — The holiday season just got a little brighter for disadvantaged area youth.

Thanks to the generosity of students, teachers, police officers and community members, two 40-foot Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) buses were stuffed to capacity last week with a spectrum of donations for teens in crisis. The November 8 "Stuff the Bus" event produced a record-number of donations of non-perishable food, linens, toiletries and other items to Operation SafeHouse, a non-profit group that helps at-risk and in-crisis youth.

"RTA is proud of its tradition of supporting families and strengthening communities," said RTA Chairman of the Board Doug McAllister. "This was a great opportunity to help those who need it most."

Founded by UCR alumnus Amy S. Harrison, Operation SafeHouse runs shelters in Thousand Palms and Riverside for the county's homeless and runaway youth, providing them with intervention and outreach services and transitional living programs.

"The Stuff the Bus event helps our kids all year long with items they desperately need to make an already very disturbing, distressful life, at such as early age more bearable," Harrison said. "It helps them to know that 'yes they are good kids and someone cares.'"

Operation SafeHouse's fundamental goal is keeping teens safe and giving them the tools they need to survive in a world that isn't always ideal. The program deals with therapy, emergency housing, gender identity issues, and domestic violence intervention.

Last week's Stuff the Bus event produced more than 10,000 donated items, ranging from brooms and brushes to dish soap and shaving cream. Other items included toothbrushes, razors, lotion, bed sheets and pillows. There was plenty of donated canned food and cereal as well. The donations will likely keep inventory shelves stocked for the duration of 2013.

Donations were collected at several locations, including UC Riverside, Riverside City Hall, the Riverside County Administration Building, Kaiser Permanente and Riverside Plaza.

In addition to RTA, other organizations participating in the event were Riverside Sheriff's Departments from Palm Desert, Moreno Valley, Perris, Jurupa Valley, Norco, Southwest station, and Hemet and San Jacinto. The Moreno Valley department collected more than 6,000 items, which earned them bragging rights over the other departments. Also participating were the City of Riverside's Youth Advisory Council, the County of Riverside's Youth Advisory Council, Kaiser Permanente, La Sierra University, Riverside City Hall, Riverside Plaza, University of California Riverside, Van Buren Self Storage and Vons.

 

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Donated items waiting to be placed aboard a Riverside Transit Agency bus during the Stuff the Bus event in downtown Riverside on November 8.

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Moreno Valley Police and Riverside County Sheriff's Department lending a hand during the Stuff the Bus event in downtown Riverside on November 8.

 

 


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