Independent Living

Senior citizens and persons with disabilities maintain their independence and self-reliance, and continue to participate in community activities. The Independent Living Pathway leads to dignity and choices throughout life.

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Customer Impacts (fiscal year 2017-18)

  • 4,593 senior citizens and 1,493 individuals with disabilities
    were able to continue living independently.
  • 122,742 meals were provided to 765 people through STEP Office of Aging’s Meals on Wheels program, while 25,488 congregate meals were served.
  • 1,448 customers in tax preparation programs qualified for federal or state tax credits in the amount of $956,000.
  • 131 seniors were able to remain in their homes instead of a nursing facility through the Aging Waiver program.
  • 120,658 one-way trips were provided through STEP Transportation, bringing approximately $385,730 in savings for 3,201 riders receiving reduced fares.
  • 504 reports of need were filed and 233 investigations were conducted by Protective Service workers.

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  Success Story

STEP Office of Aging 

Judy Elliott, former college professor who retired early due to health matters, recently sent a letter to Office of Aging director Fred Shrimp. A participant and volunteer at the Clinton County Senior Community Center in Lock Haven, Judy wrote…. “I wanted to tell you how much I enjoy and appreciate the Center. I started with Tai Chi, then added Healthy Steps, then Use Your Noodle. We started a knitting group and then started a Zentangle-inspired art group. Now we are doing the Healthy Aging through Local Harvest program, and I am the runner for a Meals on Wheels route on Fridays. I have such a nice group of friends there (at the Center). The Center has provided me with new activities, new friends and renewed purpose. I look forward to my continued involvement.”

STEP Transportation

“I would like to thank STEP Transportation for all of your service to us ‘older folks.’ There was a situation where there was a mix-up with a trip and the dispatcher did his best and set me up with a ride. The van was here pretty quickly and I was on my way. The van was also at the doctor’s office right when I got out! Whew! What a relief! So, again I’d like to thank you for all of my rides as I use the van more and more as my physical condition gets worse. It’s always a pleasure.”
Gretchen Kennedy
STEP Transportation Customer

“I have dealt with the public all my life and your drivers are top of the line. They are unbelievably pleasant
and I cannot say enough good things about them.”
June Lawrence
STEP Transportation Customer

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