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Seniors in Queens Take to the Road, Thanks to Councilman

City Councilman Eric A. Ulrich announces a new shuttle service for the senior citizens who use four Catholic Charities senior centers in Queens.
City Councilman Eric A. Ulrich announces a new shuttle service for the senior citizens who use four Catholic Charities senior centers in Queens.

Councilman Eric A. Ulrich (R-Queens) and Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens (CCBQ) held a press conference on Monday, Sept. 22, to announce city funding to support bus service for seniors at four CCBQ centers in Howard Beach, Woodhaven, Rockaway Beach and Ozone Park.

The announcement took place at Catholic Charities’ Howard Beach Senior Center at the Peter J. Striano Residence.

Day Trips, Activities

Ulrich allocated $25,000 for a driver to transport older adults from their homes to the centers, where they can take part in a variety of recreational activities. Additionally, the van will be used for day trips to shopping centers, farmers markets, parks, sporting events and other destinations.

The councilman was joined by Debra Hoffer, director of field operations for Catholic Charities; Edna Dzigas, president of the Howard Beach Advisory Council; facility employees and seniors from the center.

“Our seniors deserve better transportation options,” the councilman said.

“Since Hurricane Sandy, far too many of our elderly friends and neighbors have become isolated in their homes or apartments. This shuttle bus service will ensure that our seniors have direct access to senior centers and the vital services and programs they provide.”

“We are delighted again to partner with Councilman Ulrich who always responds with conviction to the needs of the older adults in the community,” said Judy Kleve, vice president for Catholic Charities Older Adult Services.

“We are grateful for his response in providing additional transportation for the seniors in the South West Queens area; this certainly enhances the ability of our seniors to live independently and increase the quality of their lives.”

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