Transportation is a common challenge for older adults and their families. From getting to medical appointments and running important errands, to visiting friends and attending community events, seniors need access to reliable, affordable transportation in order to maintain their health, vitality and independence.
That’s why JCA helps seniors find transportation solutions through our Connect-A-Ride resource center. We also help older adults get around through the VillageRides program and with our fleet of handicap-accessible buses.
Call Connect-A-Ride for Answers and Assistance
The Connect-A-Ride Transportation Resource Center is a free service that helps seniors and disabled adults of all ages find the transportation they need. Certified Information and Mobility Specialists help with schedules, benefits and eligibility requirements in Montgomery County, Maryland; in Arlington and Fairfax Counties in Virginia; and in the Virginia cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church.
If you live in one of these jurisdictions and need transportation assistance, call Connect-A-Ride at 301.738.3252 or 703.323.6494.
Connect-A-Ride also offers the following programs and services:
Ride Smart Workshops
Offered periodically, these workshops help small groups of older adults learn to use public transportation options and otherwise navigate the National Capital Region.
Our next Ride Smart workshop is March 29 & 30, 2017 at Mary’s Center, at the Bernice Fonteneau Senior Wellness Center, 3532 Georgia Avenue NW. The first day of classroom training will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and lunch will be provided at no charge. On the second day, the hands-on practice training will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Our next Ride Smart workshop is April 26 & 27, 2017 at
Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, Silver Spring, MD
Registration is required for Ride Smart workshops. Call 301.738.3252 to register or for more information or email ConnectARide@AccessJCA.org.
Still Driving? Support Groups
Click here for information about our next support group conversation about driving and changes that take place with aging that may affect your ability to drive safely.
This program serves qualified low-income residents of Montgomery County by arranging escorted rides to medical appointments, grocery stores and other destinations. Download a flyer or brochure for more information:
For information about the programs described above, contact Connect-A-Ride at 301.738.3252 or 703.323.6494 — or click on the bar below to use an email contact form.
VillageRides™ Provides the Gift of a Lift
VillageRides is a program that coordinates volunteer driver transportation amongst Villages and nonprofit organizations in Montgomery County and now Prince George’s County, Maryland. It helps older residents living in Villages get where they want to go.
Who does the driving? Drivers will be neighbors who live nearby. These volunteer drivers are there to help out older residents and get them where they need to go.
Who can use VillageRides? The program currently serves the following Villages in Montgomery County:
- Bannockburn Neighbors Assisting Neighbors
- Bikur Cholim of Greater Washington
- Burning Tree Village
- Gaithersburg HELP
- Olney Home for Life
- Potomac Community Village
- Silver Spring Village
- Village of Takoma Park
- Villages of Kensington
Do you think your Village could benefit? If you have an emerging or established village in Montgomery County or Prince George’s County and transportation is a priority for your community, we can help. Please call 301.255.4212 for more information.
Need a ride? If you are a resident of one of the Villages listed above, call 301.255.4212 for information about getting a ride — to visit friends, to take part in recreational activities, to worship, and to run basic errands like grocery shopping and trips to the doctor. You can also click on the village link above for information about your Village.
Volunteer drivers needed! As a volunteer driver for VillageRides, you can make a difference in the lives of your neighbors — and in your own life. Call 301.255.4212 today to learn more about how you can give the “Gift of a Lift” by becoming a volunteer driver in your Village. You can also click on the village link above for information about your Village.
Click here to view a 60-second PSA about VillageRides.
VillageRides is a program of the Jewish Council for the Aging funded by the Transportation Planning Board of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.
NV Rides Helps Seniors Get Around in Northern Virginia
NV Rides is a network of service providers aiming to enhance and improve volunteer driving programs throughout Northern Virginia. This community-wide initiative aims to serve more non-driving older adults so that they can get where they need to go at no cost. For more information, visit the NV Rides website, or contact NV Rides at 703.537.3071 or info@NVRides.org.
The Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (the J) administers the NV Rides program in partnership with Fairfax County and the Jewish Council for the Aging, and with additional support from the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia.
Click here to hear from very satisfied NV Riders.
Catch a JCA bus — or rent one for your group!
Groups throughout the metropolitan D.C. area can rent our handicap-accessible buses, most seating 18-20 passengers. In addition, many buses run regular routes, taking seniors to the JCA Misler Adult Day Center, Montgomery County Senior Centers, the grocery store and other essential destinations.
All JCA drivers have commercial licenses and are specially trained to meet seniors’ needs. For information, contact the JCA Rose & Harold Kramer Center on Transportation by calling 301.468.6280 or 703.652.1510, or click on the bar to send an email inquiry.