We welcome Sue to our Shuttle program. When I met Sue yesterday I was impressed. She has overcome so many obstacles in her life but still has a positive attitude. Sue is a very spunky woman who wants and needs to work. She got a good job but transportation to and from work is eating up her earnings. Since her workplace is not serviced by CENTRO at her work hours. she has had to use Lyft but it costs too much for her to continue using it. Lucky for Sue , a co-worker told her about our SHUTTLE TO WORK program and we signed her up. Having safe, reliable and affordable transportation to and from work will give her peace of mind now.
This is another person being helped to keep a job by affordable transportation. Let's wish Sue the best wishes as she begins this new chapter of her work experience.
We believe everyone who wants a job should have transportation to accept and keep it. Often times , the cost is quite small to help someone. A Donation of $30 , could pay for a Shuttle.
If 4000 people in the City got employment even at $10 per hour, it would provide $80 Million in new spending in our City. That is a large benefit to the City. Often, new low skilled workers start at $10 per hour but 2-6 months later they are making over $13 per hour. Imagine what Syracuse would be like with 4000 people stimulating the economy with $80 million -$108 Million a year.
We ask your support for our efforts to increase employment. We ask your support financially, by donating to our Non Profit. Please share our Mission with your friends.
The ultimate goal of our Shuttle To Work program is to give our riders enough time on the job to become transportation self-sufficient. It is with great joy that Herman now has a car after 5 months of saving and working hard. Beginning today, he no longer needs our help and in fact is transporting another co-worker to work.
From the beginning Herman was very appreciative of the opportunity to have reliable transportation so he could keep and excel at his job. His optimism and hard work sets him up for advancement at his company. This one thing, Transportation to Work, has made the difference.
There are 3370 more Syracuse residents who need the same chance. Don't they deserve the same opportunity to leave poverty through their hard work? Just a little help with Transportation made the difference.
We embarked on this Mission to help people overcome transportation barriers to employment, after a Board member , related how a similar program years ago had a huge impact in helping New Americans get jobs and enabled them to thrive. We see the same thing happening now.
If you know of a Company that has difficulty getting and keeping workers due to transportation barriers, have them contact us. We want to help Companies and potential workers to thrive to make Syracuse a City of opportunity for all its residents.
Join us change people's lives with a donation to our Nonprofit. Our success is due to people like you, since the government does not support us.
BELIEVE IN SYRACUSE !
We have reached our 70th rider in less than a year since we began the Shuttle To Work program.
We welcome Alandra a Syracuse native who graduated college and got her first business job in East Syracuse. Without a car or bus service she was trying to get to work spending 35% of her pre-tax salary . A co-worker who used our Shuttle told her about our program and we signed her up. What is interesting is that she was developing a business plan to help people get transportation to work as a Project in College.. We are exciting to have her on our Shuttle and we hope we can give her a good start in her working career.
Often times people think if someone goes to college they make big salaries immediately. Actually, that is often not the case. Many start at $12-15/hr. The number of people needing transportation help to get or keep a job is significant. If we want people to thrive and be self supporting, they often need transportation.
Partner with us to help Syracuse residents get and keep jobs, you can donate on our website or host a gathering of friends or co-workers and we will visit with you and share more about our Mission and how you can help.
Syracuse has 4300 people in poverty. With the 70 we have helped , only 4230 to go...
Over the last few weeks we have been contacted by other community leaders across the Country interested in finding solutions for their residents who cannot accept jobs because of the lack of transportation.
It is heartening to find other Grass Root efforts to find solutions to this terrible problem. The image of poverty is so misleading. Yes there are difficult issues in neighborhoods burdened by poverty. There are a lot of issues to address. However, if at the end of the day the individual cannot have a job because of fixable transportation barriers , it only breeds despair and hopelessness. Those mindsets do not allow a Community to have a of a good quality of life no matter how many buildings are rehabbed or bike lanes that are painted on the road. Rather, all of us must rise, TOGETHER. The strong must reach out to the weak. We cannot continue to leave people behind by blocking the one thing that can change their life...A Job! To get a job, most people in poverty must have affordable, accessible transportation.
Below is my Letter to the Editor of the Wall st Journal about the reality of poverty:
Food-Stamp Millionaires Are Hardly Typical
The people Ms. Rasmussen writes about who receive food stamps but have wealth are unique.
Jan. 29, 2018 12:55 p.m. ET
Kristina Rasmussen’s very misleading “How Millionaires Collect Food Stamps” (Jan. 16) purports to suggest it is easy to get food stamps.
I find people want to work but lack transportation to get to jobs, and the government isn’t providing the necessary transportation support. We are trying to fill the gap with no government support and limited funding. With a small amount of funding we could help 1,000 people get jobs and off assistance. A family of three, two disabled parents with a teen son, lives on $1,400 a month in disability checks. Although they are well below the poverty line, they don’t qualify for food stamps. I have met others even worse off. Food pantries only provide one bag of groceries a month, enough food for one to two days. The people Ms. Rasmussen writes about who receive food stamps but have wealth are unique. Clearly the average family who is in need is hardly getting by.
It is time to correct the system and make it compassionate and accountable. Eliminate the waste in the administration and help those who really need it.
Providence Services of Syracuse Inc.
Today is the first day that Natasha will have a car to drive to work. She is a hard working Mom who has had barriers to transportation to work. Our organization provided a Shuttle to Work for her and it allowed her to keep a job and excel. She wants to provide a good life for her children and also wanted to get her license for Cosmetology so she can supplement her current job but again transportation was a barrier.
This week David contacted us after listening to a WAER radio program and wanted to help someone by buying a car. This person must help others with rides to work and complete her studies so she can leave poverty. With tears of joy, she met David and picked up her car.
Having a car can transform a person's life outcome. The Bus system routes limits employment opportunities for thousands of Syracuse residents desiring to leave poverty.
Our Shuttle To Work program has helped 69 people since April 2017. We have not received any government monies so far although a SMTC Transportation Study recommended "Invest In Providence". Foundations and donors have enabled us to provide help.
If you Believe In Syracuse , let us make it work for all of our neighbors
Please help another person get a job by joining our Shuttle. Your money goes 100% to transporting low income people to jobs.
Donate online or mail a check to our office: Providence Services of Syracuse Inc, 1201 East Fayette St , Suite 13, Syracuse, NY 13210