Councilmember Kathy Lambert donates a van to Sno-Valley Seniors

Kathy Lambert donates King County retired van to Sno-Valley Seniors!

The Sno-Valley Senior Center in Carnation is thrilled to receive a retired van pool van from King county council member, Kathy Lambert on Thursday, September 21, 2017.  The Senior Center trip vans operate out of the Sno-Valley Senior Center which serves senior citizens in Duvall, Carnation, Fall City and Redmond Ridge. This new van will replace one of the Center’s current trip vans from 2004. This older van is needing increasing maintenance and is becoming unreliable. This new van from King County will be will be well used and well-loved and will save the Center revenue.

The Sno-Valley Senior Center’s trip van for seniors serves as a vital lifeline to our members, many of whom would be utterly home-bound if they were not able to access these shuttles.  The new trip van’s primary role is to provide a social outlet for activities. This van will go to Seattle for museums and ball games, to Monroe for shopping, to Bellevue for workshops and every Friday for hikes on local trails.  Its role in the valley is invaluable.  Director Lisa Yeager says, “We are so grateful to councilmember, Kathy Lambert for this gift and her on-going support for senior citizens in the Valley.  Kathy hears about a need and meets it. It will be well used.”

The popularity and need for the van is shown in the numbers. In 2016, 60 riders took regular advantage of our trip van.  It joins the Hyde Shuttle and SVT (Snoqualmie Valley Transportation) which provides transportation to doctors, post office, and grocery store plus to the senior center so that senior citizens can have access to good nutrition, exercise, and recreation.  The Senior Center has such a need for transportation that we also have another van that was newly purchased from auction funds and a legacy gift from the Scheidegger Family. We are thrilled to have this new van join in meeting the need of local seniors. Transportation allows many seniors options for remaining independent and in their homes.