SERVING OUR COMMUNITY FOR OVER 25 YEARS
Senior Access was founded on the premise that our senior neighbors lead happier, healthier lives when they “age in place”. But how does one continue to live at home without viable transportation, basic chores around the home, or access to essential services?
Family members may be distant or sometimes unavailable.
Public transportation is not designed for individual attention and can require physical stamina some older adults do not possess.
Taxi service can be costly on a fixed income.
Senior Access connects volunteer drivers with seniors needing a way to get around. We focus on low-income areas, seniors who cannot afford transportation, and our aging neighbors who need a safe, reliable way to get around.
Our mission has its roots in a 1993 pilot program that revealed a high concentration of seniors over the age of 60 living in the Round Rock area. Today, Senior Access has expanded and serves the Round Rock, Pflugerville, Hutto, and East Austin areas with pride.
In 2019, our 609 volunteers dedicated over 25,416 hours of their time providing over 15,000 rides. We currently drive more than 1,756 clients, adding 304 new clients in the past year. We see the need for these services continuing to grow for years to come.
Every Senior will have access to essential services.
We provide free transportation and support services that enhances independence and quality of life for all of our Senior clients.
After 29 years working at Austin ISD, Janet retired and dedicated her time to her family. Her family needs settled down for her and she became bored. Janet saw the flyer advertising the van driver position and she decided to give it a try. Janet says, "It has been wonderful to be a van driver for Senior Access. The people you come into contact with are wonderful and very friendly. I've always been a sociable person and this fit perfectly. This job is so satisfying and rewarding."
Janet is also transitioning to a Transportation Coordinator role. This will allow her opportunities to get to know and help more of our clients.
After many years of volunteering at her children's schools and with school band, she decided she needed something that got her out of the concessions stand - at least a little bit. She began volunteering with Senior Access as a way to give back in a different way than she ever had before.
Melinda states, “I enjoy interacting with the Seniors that use our service, and getting to know them better. After a couple of years of volunteering, I had the opportunity to begin working in the office as an employee, but I am still able to volunteer as a driver a couple of times a month.“
Lynda began as a volunteer driver with Senior Access 3 years ago and then volunteered in the office one day a week. She now works three mornings each week in the office as a transportation coordinator.
She has always enjoyed working with senior clients, stating, “ I love to hear the stories about their lives, and I find them to be inspirational in my own life.“
When she is not working or volunteering, her other passion is quilting. Lynda's pleasure comes from putting together colors in all kinds of patterns. She also enjoys giving the quilts to other people. She states that working pays for her quilting addiction, which may or may not be an accurate statement.
Gloria Lopez has lived in Round Rock, Texas for 20 years. She has four beautiful children, several grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Her favorite thing to do is bake and enjoy gatherings with her family and friends.
Helping people has always been Gloria's passion, stating,” Being a part of Senior Access gives me the opportunity to do just what I love the most "help people". Senior Access is a wonderful program and I'm happy to be a part of this organization.”
JENNA ANDRÉ CHOWDHURY
A former personal trainer and current nursing student, Jenna has always loved working in roles that allow her to help others live their happiest, most fulfilling lives. As Client Coordinator for the East Austin and Manor area, she's honored to play her part in helping seniors remain independent and connected to their communities. "It's really energizing to hear our clients' stories" she says. "And it's a privilege to serve our mission."
When not working or studying, Jenna enjoys reading fiction, lifting weights, and taking long walks in the company of good podcasts.
As Client Coordinator for the Pflugerville, Round Rock, and Hutto areas, Ali enjoys meeting our new clients and welcoming them to the Senior Access family. And as a pediatric dentist, he appreciates the opportunity to talk to folks who have more than only a decade of two of life experience. Ali is close with his own grandparents and enjoys visiting them at their home in Cedar Park.
A transplant from Missouri, Ali has lived in Austin for 4 years now. He loves the abundance of hiking trails, gorgeous parks, and delicious vegan food trucks.
Tim spent 20 + years as an administrator of employee benefits with National Plan Administrators. He is a true central Texas guy - born and raised in Columbus, TX and attended Blinn College in Brenham, TX. He loves the county life even though he lives in the city of Austin with his wife Janice, and their daughter, Emily, whi is a student at Angelo State University in San Angelo, TX. His favorite time is being in the country cutting grass on his tractor while listening to music with his ear buds. He is a trustee at the Pflugerville FUMC.
Tim has a passion for being with “seasoned adults”. It’s a true pleasure helping them with their everyday lives and listening to their stories. He feels that he receives more from them than he ever could give to them.
Sylvain Lacasse started volunteering by driving the van from time-to-time when a regular driver was on vacation or out sick. It turned out that he really enjoyed helping our seniors get out and about to socialize and get the everyday things most take for granted. For him, it’s a great way to help our seniors stay Independent!
With a Masters in Social Work and a specialty in Geriatric Administration, Serita has been the Executive Director of Senior Access since 2004. While working as a social worker in Pflugerville, she was able to bring Senior Access services to the community in 2004.
She is a proud wife and mother who spends her spare time watching her daughter’s college soccer games and traveling around the USA. Serita is a die-hard Texas Tech fan and is married to a Longhorn graduate.
Serita’s greatest joy is seeing the smiles of the seniors when they are able to get out of their homes and socialize with others, stating, “Senior Access allows seniors to remain a vital part of their communities and grow older with independence.”
Sherrie Rose has a background in Sociology and Marketing Management. She and her family have lived in the Pflugerville area for 23 years.
Sherrie was very close to her grandparents, great-aunts, and uncles while growing up and has a soft spot for that age group. As a teenager, she helped her 85-year-old aunt get around after her aunt decided to quit driving. Sherrie enjoys her memories of the fun they had going to the grocery store and local department stores together; all while her Aunt shared many of her fond memories.
Sherrie loves the opportunity she has to share her love for seniors while also working with a great group of people who love to serve.
In comparison to her other two siblings, Jean was the strong-willed, push the limits, break the curfew kind of kid. She thought that being a stay-at-home mom wasn’t going to be her thing, but in fact, it was those experiences that cultivated her passion for serving others. Those 16 years of being home with her family, and the volunteer opportunities that this presented, are the reasons she not only loves to serve, but also enjoys getting others excited about a cause as well.
Jean states, “Active seniors are crucial to a thriving community. We need them and they need us and I love that I get to share that message with my kids, neighbors and community every day.”
Gina has a passion for her family and has a dream that all of her grown children will one day live near her. She thrives being organized and uses her skills to help the business side of Senior Access.