JFS Orlando’s RIDE (Reliable Independent Drivers for the Elderly) Program provides round-trip rides to vital medical, grocery, and other essential appointments for qualifying, low-income seniors or disabled adults. This in turn increases independence, promotes well-being, and improves access to healthcare. Program participants are entitled to two free roundtrip rides per month within a ten-mile radius of their residence. The program is for Orange and Seminole County residents only.
Due to the success of the RIDE program, our waitlist is temporarily closed to new clients.
Please check back periodically for updated availability.
Client Impact Statements
Participating in the RIDE program for a few years really helped Janice stay on budget and still receive the vital care she needed. However, money soon got even tighter due to recent family financial trouble. Janice needed to find other ways to alleviate her situation. Luckily, she found out that, in addition to the service she already received, JFS Orlando also had a food pantry that could help her. “This is my first time at the Pantry, but I plan to use it again. I’m so grateful we could come here to get food!”
Ken and Merry Bell have always been independent. Both worked in the hospitality industry, Ken as a maintenance man and Merry a housekeeper. Their marriage, now 28 years strong, blended two households of one son and one daughter each. One of their sons moved to Orlando, they followed and moved into the Kinneret apartments.
Merry’s illness has left her weak and needs a wheelchair, which is very difficult for bus transportation. Their insurance allows reimbursement for 4 roundtrips to doctor appointments, but Merry needs to go often to multiple doctors.
“If we didn’t have the RIDE program, we would have to change doctors, or not go at all. We like the drivers. They are very courteous and show up on time. They give us a text when they are outside the apartment building and we come on down. This is very helpful so we don’t have to wait around downstairs.”