When a bus means more than a ride
Driving around town, they might look like regular transportation buses. But to the residents of Good Samaritan Society – Communities of Olathe, they’re a lifeline. Many residents on our campuses no longer drive, but they still have places they need and want to get to.
So when our two 15-year-old buses recently began showing their age — becoming less reliable and enjoyable to ride — we knew it was important to replace them. They come with a hefty price tag, though: $130,000.
This is where we need your help.
Why are we asking for donations?
As a not-for-profit organization, we rely on donations to purchase items and fund programs that are outside our operating budget. We believe residents deserve to feel loved, valued and at peace every day. And we’re honored when people like you join us in our mission.
The importance of independence
Asking you to make a donation to our bus fund isn’t just a request to help us purchase new vehicles — it’s a request to help our residents stay involved in the community they love so much.
“The buses are essential,” say Jack and Diane Bynum, residents at Cedar Lake Village. “We take the bus about everywhere it goes, since we no longer drive. We can’t imagine having to sit at home all day, every day. The bus keeps us involved.”
Many residents say the buses provide them independence. They’re thankful they don’t have to call a taxi or bother friends and family to take them places. Ruth Ellsworth, a Cedar Lake Village resident, loves having the bus services to help her run errands. “There will come a time that I will have to rely on my children more,” she says, “but right now, I am thankful for the bus!"
Daily tasks and special events
Our buses are a vital part of many of the outings residents take nearly every day. There are regular trips to medical appointments, grocery stores and favorite shopping spots. Other trips are just for fun to check out blooming flowers, colorful foliage, Christmas lights or new construction around town.
Going to entertainment venues and eateries around town are always popular bus trips, too. “What I like best are the lunch bunch outings!” says Diane Reimer, a resident at Good Samaritan Society – Olathe who likes trying restaurants around town with other residents every week.
Other favorite bus outings have become traditions. “I love going to the Louisburg Cider Mill every fall,” says one resident. “We get to look around, see how the apples are pressed, have apple cider and apple donuts, and shop in the little store. Sometimes there are little kids there looking around the pumpkin patch. This is my favorite trip.”
Connie Shideler, a Good Samaritan Society – Olathe resident who loves baseball, doesn’t hesitate when asked where her favorite place to take the bus is. “The Royals games!” she says with a smile. “Go Royals!”
How you can help
It will take many of us making gifts to achieve our $130,000 goal. Your donation can help make sure our residents — your parents, grandparents and friends — have reliable transportation to activities and appointments every day of the year.
For more information about donating to our bus fund, contact Roberta Lindbeck at email@example.com or (913) 780-9916.