By Mary Wilson

In April, a new ADA Van was purchased for the Lynchburg Day Support Program. Community outings have always been difficult for the program because the existing vans could not accommodate the needs of some of the individuals. They are now able to go on outings with a group of three to four individuals and better accommodate individuals who use wheelchairs.

“The new van is amazing,” said Heather Cash, Statewide Day Support Manager. “Some of our folks that use a wheelchair have not had the opportunity to participate in Meals on Wheels and they are very excited that they can!”

Staff received a short training on the new equipment and were excited to see that securing wheelchairs is now easier and can be done quickly. This allows for more time to be spent in the community.

Multiple grants were written to fund the ADA van for the program. We would like to thank The Greater Lynchburg Community Trust, The Easley Foundation, Titmus Foundation and the Hunter Trust Foundation for their contributions.

“Overall, we are so pleased with the new van. Staff love it and all the extra perks it has to offer,” added Cash.