Seniors in the area no longer have to rely solely on public transportation for free and low-cost rides, thanks to Devon-based nonprofit Surrey Services for Seniors, writes Erin Arvedlund for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Surrey Services was established by Jeanne LaRouche in the attic of her Wayne home. Over the years, it has expanded to more locations, including Devon, Havertown, Media, and Broomall.
The nonprofit offers its transportation service to elderly residents in Delaware and Chester Counties for free or at a discount on weekdays from 8 AM-5 PM. Reservations can be made by calling 610-993-9493. The service is only available to members of the nonprofit who pay an annual fee of $35.
To run the service, Surrey uses volunteers and paid drivers, all of whom are registered and known in the community. In the last fiscal year, Surrey completed nearly 15,000 rides with 65 volunteer drivers and 10 paid drivers.
“When older adults in our service area need a ride, I want to set up an accessible, minimal-cost, no-fuss transportation solution,” said Robert Madonna, Surrey’s president and CEO.