Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

WHITEHALL PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION RECEIVES $7,758.00 GRANT FROM CHRISTOPHER & DANA REEVE FOUNDATION FOR A CAPITAL ASSISTANCE MATCH

WHITEHALL, MT – Whitehall Public Transportation is proud to announce that it has received a $7,758.00 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The award was one of 84 grants totaling over $704,732 awarded by the Reeve Foundation to nonprofit organizations nationwide that provide more opportunities, access, and daily quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, their families, and caregivers. Conceived by the late Dana Reeve, the program has awarded over 2,500 grants totaling over $18.9 million since 1999.

Whitehall Public Transportation will use the grant for a Capital Assistance Match request to purchase a new 12 passenger ADA compliant state-of-the-art Para-Transit Bus to replace our 18 year old 1997 Ford Cutaway Bus..

Whitehall Public Transportation is honored to receive this grant funded by the Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. With their support we will be able to continue to provide quality and reliable transportation to the Whitehall community.

“The Reeve Foundation is committed to supporting programs and resources that foster independent living, improved health and community engagement,” said Donna Valente, Director, Quality of Life Grants, Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. “The awarded grantees are instrumental to our work at the Reeve Foundation as we strive to serve the community with a roadmap of invaluable resources and programs to enhance their quality of life.”

Awarded twice yearly, grant requests were evaluated and scored based on a rigorous review process to determine funding for organizations that improve daily life for those living with paralysis, as well as their families and caregivers. Quality of Life grants focus on initiatives that engage and involve individuals with paralysis and their families in their community. With these initiatives, these organizations plan to help those living with paralysis assert their independence in the community.

Whitehall Public Transportation, a program of Liberty Place, Inc., opened its doors in 2011 and continues to be the lead agency for public transit services in the Whitehall area. Our primary focus is to provide transportation services first to those with disabilities or are elderly and then to the general public. Liberty Place, Inc. alone serves over 20 individuals with disabilities and relies on transit to assist with getting them to their needed services. With a growing number of clients that use our services, we want to be able to provide high quality, affordable transportation to those who can benefit from our services. In honor of this grant, we will name our new Para-Transit Bus “Clark Kent,” ‘Clark” for short. Within the next year, you will see “Clark” zooming around town providing transportation assistance to those in need.

The Christopher & Dana Reeve FoundationQuality of Life Grants Programwas created to address the myriad needs of children and adults living with paralysis, as well as provide assistance and education to their families and caregivers. Funded programs serve individuals living with spinal cord injury and other injuries, diseases or birth conditions, including but not limited to, stroke, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The grants support life-changing initiatives that aim to increase quality of life byimproving physical and emotional health, broadening community engagement, andincreasing independence. This project was supported, in part by grant number 90PR3002, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.

About the Reeve Foundation
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. We meet all 20 of the Better Business Bureau’s standards for charity accountability and hold the BBB’s Charity Seal.The Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) is a program of the Reeve Foundation, and is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Administration for Community Living, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (cooperative agreement number 90PR3002). For more information, please visit our website at www.ChristopherReeve.org or call 800-539-7309.

In the words of Whitehall Public Transportation, “Our mission is to offer independence and quality of life to those who depend on safe and reliable transportation services.”

This goes along the lines of Liberty Place, Inc.’s mission to encourage individuals with brain injuries to reach their highest level of independence and to enhance the quality of their lives by giving them the Freedom to Try…