Help Seniors and People With Disabilities Live Fuller Lives in Waukesha County
Background Throughout Waukesha County seniors and people with disabilities who can’t drive have been struggling to get to medical appointments and jobs, attend church, shop for food and visit their family/friends. Nonprofit taxi services, like Elmbrook Senior Taxi (EST), have been unable to satisfy the growing demand. By 2035, according to the Southeast Regional Planning Commission, the number of people aged 65 and over in Waukesha County will grow to 89,000 – an increase of 60% from 2010 levels.
For twenty years EST has been helping seniors and people with disabilities maintain their independence, stay in their homes and be active participants in society. It serves the City of Brookfield, Town of Brookfield, Village of Butler and the Village of Elm Grove. EST will provide over 6,000 one-way rides in 2014 serving approximately 120 people on daily, weekly or monthly basis. This represents a 20% increase over 2013, which had a 10% increase over 2012.
the need to meet growing demand is clear, EST needs first to deal with a $20,000 deficit caused by high insurance rates and increased fuel costs. If not, the service could shut down in just a few years.
Proposal EST and its supporters like Common Ground, a nonpartisan advocacy group, believe this vital service needs to be supported to a greater degree by the municipalities it serves. The City of Brookfield contributed $7,000 in 2013. The Town of Brookfield, the Village of Elm Grove and the Village of Butler did not contribute at all.
The EST believes that $27,000 ($20,00 new) in municipal contributions will provide stability for future expansion and eliminate the deficit. Click HERE for a table showing how the municipal contributions might be allocated based on residency of current customers.
Actions Backed by Common Ground and other supporters, EST will meet with officials from the four municipalities to explain their proposals. In addition, Common Ground will be mobilizing its network of members and supporters who live in these areas and beyond to attend government and community meetings and make the case for EST funding.
To support or learn more about this campaign please contact:
Sandy Wolff, Elmbrook Senior Taxi Board Chair, 262-844-2004 or email@example.com
Rusty Borkin, Common Ground, 414.708.2762 or firstname.lastname@example.org