Public Transportation in a rural county like Wabash is something most people probably don’t think about unless they need it. In 2009, Drew needed help. He was without a job for the first time in his adult life and was a single parent with a teenage daughter and her newborn baby. His daughter wanted to finish school, but she needed transportation. When a friend from church told him about Wabash County Public Transit, Drew called and found the Transit team easy to work with and very accommodating. Initially he used transit during a promotional
period when rides were offered free of charge, but later the $30 a week for two rides per day, five days a week was more than he could afford.
“There was a time in my life when $30 was no big deal, but when you don’t have it, it’s everything,” he says. Drew faithfully made payments as he could, but when it became more than he could handle, the transit team decided to use Good Samaritan passes so his daughter could finish the school year.
When Drew found a job, he made two life-changing decisions. He began purchasing Good Samaritan passes to help others, and like so many who have used the services of Living Well in Wabash County CoA, Inc., has given back more than he was ever given. “Transit was there for me when I needed it,” says Drew. “I want to do the same for someone else.”
The second decision was to give up his car for good and use Wabash County Public Transit. “With the price of fuel going up and now living alone, it seemed logical,” he said. “Besides, I enjoy the people I meet.” Like many, he thought Transit was just for seniors, but he found a variety of people use it. “If you haven’t needed public transportation, you have no idea how important it is to have this in Wabash County. It is a blessing for many.”