Greater Tulsa Reporter
On Election Day, Gatesway Foundation debuted its transportation program by providing free, handicap-accessible transportation to LIFE Senior Services and Vintage Housing residents in order to vote.
The inspiration for Gatesway’s new venture originated at the organization’s Board of Trustees meeting. Discussing ideas for broadening Gatesway’s community reach, Greg Arend, Gatesway Board treasurer and managing partner of Deloitte & Touche LLP, mentioned his connection to LIFE Senior Services. He recalled the staff’s frustration that some senior residents lacked access to transportation for doctors’ visits and shopping outings.
“The more the members of the board looked into the issue, it became clear that the dilemma for local seniors was not just one of limited mobility but of limited freedom in other vital respects like community participation, and expression,” said Arend. “Something as simple as free transport accommodation on Election Day could be a push toward more opportunities for so many.”