Friday, April 1, 2016

Hope Awarded FDOT Grant: Hope Mobile Fleet Expands to 14 Vehicles

A new Hope PACE Hope Mobile will be on the road soon as the result of a $84,750 grant from the Florida Department of Transportation.

Hope was awarded funds from FDOT’s Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities program to add to their fleet vehicles for Hope PACE – a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly. Hope Mobiles transport program participants who want to remain independent in their communities and in their own homes to and from Hope’s PACE Centers in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties.

“Adding additional capacity to our fleet of Hope Mobiles helps us serve even more people in the community who will benefit from our PACE programs,” said Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope HealthCare Services. “The FDOT grant allows us to help ensure the safety and comfort of those in our care.”

The grant combines $67,800 in federal funds with $8,475 contributions from both the state and Hope HealthCare Services. The funds will be used to purchase a 26-foot-long bus with lift and capacity for up to 12 ambulatory seats and four wheelchairs that expands the Hope PACE fleet to 14 vehicles.

Get Connected to Hope during Parkinson Awareness Month

This April, millions of people around the world will recognize April as Parkinson's Awareness
Month. It's important to know that:
The red tulip became the symbol of PD in 1980 when
a horticulturalist named a tulip after Dr. Parkinson
  • Parkinson's disease is a movement disorder that is chronic and progressive. 
  • Nearly one million Americans are living with Parkinson's.
  • Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson's disease each year, and this number does not reflect the thousands of cases that go undetected.
  • Seven to 10 million people worldwide are estimated to be living with Parkinson's disease.
  • Incidence of Parkinson's increases with age, but an estimated four percent of people with Parkinson's are diagnosed before the age of 50. 
Unfortunately, the cause of Parkinson's is unknown and presently, there is no cure. That's why the Hope Parkinson Program is rallying the community of southwest Florida this April to raise awareness and funds for a cure.

Our recent Hope Parkinson newsletter details many special programs for those with PD and their care partners, including the inaugural Walk 4 Hope fundraiser at Lakes Park.

Please consider joining us - for exercise and movement classes, educational seminars and creative opportunities!