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    ITN MC Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the Launch of ITNAmerica Transportation for Seniors with a “Storybook Tea” at Canterbury Woods

    ITN MC Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the Launch of ITNAmerica Transportation for Seniors with a “Storybook Tea” at Canterbury Woods

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    July 28, 2015

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    The community is invited to the ITNMontereyCounty (Independent Transportation Network Monterey County) “Storybook Tea” at Canterbury Woods, 651 Sinex Avenue in Pacific Grove, on Tuesday, July 28th from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first ride ever given by ITN, ITNAmerica Founder and President Katherine Freund will be visiting Monterey as part of her 60-day national “Storybook Tour” road trip to encourage others to give rides to seniors and those who are visually impaired, and tell their stories online. Theresa Wright, Director of Community Outreach at TAMC (Transportation Agency of Monterey County) and formerly of KSBW TV will interview Katherine Freund and talk with her and attendees about their local stories of what ITN transportation has meant to them and their families. The Storybook Tea will feature special treats from Eddison & Melrose as well as hot and cold beverages. RSVP to or call (831) 233-3447 (Monterey) or (831) 240-0850 (Salinas).

    About ITNMontereyCounty

    Dignified transportation for seniors

    Beginning its service in 2012, ITNMontereyCounty ( is a 501c3 non-profit organization that provides 24 hour/7 days-a-week transportation for seniors (age 60 and older) and visually-impaired adults (age 18 and older) to help them remain independent and active in their community. Supported by members and donors, ITN Monterey County is unique in that it provides arm-through-arm, door-through-door service.

    ITNMontereyCounty currently serves 275 members and has delivered over 16,500 rides in 12 local communities within the greater Monterey and Salinas areas. Volunteers have been trained and background checked, and drive at their convenience in their own cars that are insured and inspected. They give rides that are typically less than 20 minutes. The volunteer drivers find it rewarding, meet interesting people while helping others, plus they earn credits for themselves or a loved one, or receive mileage reimbursement. Seniors may also trade in their automobile for ITN transportation credits. The service, which may be used for any purpose, is often used to get people to and from medical appointments, personal care appointments, recreational activities, and social occasions. The organization, which does receive any public funding, needs more volunteer drivers and donors.

    For more information, go to or call (831) 233-3447.

    About Katherine Freund, ITN and the Storybook Tour

    Katherine Freund is an award-winning national expert on transportation solutions for America’s aging baby boomers. Freund has not only led the nonprofit Independent Transportation Network (ITN) senior transportation movement for more than 20 years, she has courageously told the personal story that inspired this movement. But this year, she’s all about telling others’ stories.

    More than two dozen “story stops” comprise the Storybook Tour, each chosen for the distinct way it personifies transportation needs that millions of aging or visually impaired Americans experience every day. Speakers will share their personal stories about how met or unmet transportation needs, for themselves or a loved one, have changed their life.

    More than 70 million Americans – that’s 1 in 5 – will be over the age of 65 in 15 years, and may start to experience diminished capacity to drive safely. Freund will drive to the people who are living with the decision to give up their keys, record their experiences, and share them with America through her blog, social media, traditional media and, later, a book.

    “Transportation needs are too often an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ experience. We need to take notice before the accidents occur, and engage the people who can become part of the solution. Viable, personal transportation is essential if we are to age in our own homes and communities,” said Freund. “The solution is parked in millions of driveways across America. But first we need to surface the needs of so many people, their families and their communities by sharing their stories.”

    Freund herself was inspired to start the Independent Transportation Network when she realized why her son was run over by an 84-year-old driver in 1988. That driver, like so many other older Americans, did not have equivalent independent transportation options available to give him the confidence to hang up the keys when it was time.

    About ITNAmerica

    ITNAmerica, composed of 20 ITN affiliates from coast to coast, is the only national nonprofit offering transitional and permanent transportation in personal automobiles for hundreds of thousands of older and vision-impaired people. The 24/7 arm-through-arm, door-through-door service uses innovative payment methods such as CarTrade or volunteer driver credits to bank rides, in addition to using Personal Transportation Accounts so no cash changes hand at the time of the ride. ITNAmerica also operates the only national toll-free hotline and searchable database of nearly 15,000 transportation options called Rides In Sight (855-60-RIDES).


    Tell your story by visiting and come to the Storybook Tea

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        Canterbury Woods

        651 Sinex
        Pacific Grove, CA 93950

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        July 28, 2015


        2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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