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United Way agency transports Tallapoosa County residents

Published 6:40pm Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Aerial Referral Information Service for the Elderly or ARISE provides rides all over Tallapoosa County.

“We take people anywhere they want to go,” said Pat Tapley, executive director of ARISE. “We take people to work, physician’s appointments, exercise, visit a friend or shop.”

Tapley said ARISE is open to the public and offers rides for more than just elderly patients.

“We do not have age or income restrictions,” Tapley said. “We take people to physical therapy who otherwise wouldn’t be able to get there. But we also help elderly who just don’t drive anymore. We provide the means to help them keep their independence by allowing them to be able to get out on their own.”

Tapley said ARISE has fully handicap accessible vehicles and is more reasonably priced than a taxi service with fares starting at $5 for seniors and $6 for adults wishing to travel inside Alexander City limits and increase based on where a person wishes to travel.

She said ARISE began in 1976 as a referral service for the elderly, and the organization added transportation to its list of services in 1982.

Tapley said ARISE is a federally funded program that requires local matching money, which Lake Martin Area United Way helps provide.

“United Way is great supporter of us and our agency,” Tapley said. “United Way helps provide part of funding for our federal matching program. We appreciate the United Way and all of those who have helped us through the years. The last few years have been tough years, but we’re still open.”

Tapley said ARISE helps the community by providing a basic service.

“We take so much for granted,” Tapley said. “You never know when something might happen that might make you unable to drive. This is a great service for our community.”

To schedule transportation with ARISE contact the office at 256-329-8444. Tapley said appointments need to be made at least 24 hours in advance, and reservations may be made up to a week ahead of time.