JCA Connect-A-Ride Plays Vital Role in County’s Award-Winning Program

The Jewish Council for the Aging is excited to announce that Montgomery County’s Free COVID Taxi Rides Program which enables seniors and adults with disabilities obtain free rides for COVID-19 testing, vaccinations, and booster shots and pick up free masks and test kits won a national award.

Our Connect-A-Ride program is a critical part of this program, which just received a 2022 National Association of Counties award. Individuals connect with our staff to learn about the program and obtain their vouchers for the free round-trip taxi rides.

Many of those callers were nervous and not sure where to turn. Often, they are at high risk of complications if they developed COVID-19 so this program, which we are proud to be a part of, is vital.

“We are the calming voice to get them what they need during these challenging times,” declared Sara Fought, JCA’s senior director at our Center for Information Services.

Under the program, Montgomery County pays the taxi cab companies for the rides by utilizing county money plus a grant from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government Enhanced Mobility for Older Adults and Individuals with Disabilities.

For information or to obtain a voucher, call C-A-R at 301-738-3252 or email ConnectARide@AccessJCA.org.