Queens Gazette

QCH, Forest Hills Stadium & Lyft Partner To Help Local Seniors

On September 24 Queens Community House (QCH), the multi-site, multi-service nonprofit organization, announced its partnership with Forest Hills Stadium, the legendary sporting and entertainment venue, and transportation network Lyft, to help local seniors meet their important transportation needs. Through this partnership, the QCH Senior Medical Transportation Service will now provide those in need with free transportation to and from medical appointments and other important health monitoring events through Lyft’s easy-to-use ride scheduling service, Lyft Concierge. This service makes it easy to schedule transportation, allowing seniors to stay engaged in their community and continue to live vibrant, active lives.
QCH Senior Medical Transportation services will be expanded in the following important ways:
• The QCH service area will double, from just Forest Hills and Rego Park to higher-need areas including Corona, Corona Heights, Elmhurst and Lefrak City.
• Medical appointment destinations are no longer limited to Queens; seniors may take rides to Manhattan or beyond.
• Seniors will no longer contend with a monthly cap in their rides or be required to share a portion of the cost of each ride.
“For a growing portion of our older population, once-routine outings like going to a doctor’s appointment have become monumental challenges,” shared Ben Thomases, QCH executive director. “Fortunately, through our new partnership with Lyft and Forest Hills Stadium, we’re able to expand our Senior Medical Transportation services to include Corona, Elmhurst and Lefrak City and reach more older adults in Queens than ever before.”
“The Forest Hills Stadium home team is a huge fan of QCH and the work they do in the community we share,” explained Jason Brandt, general manager of Forest Hills Stadium. “We are thrilled to be involved and to help QCH address real problems with real solutions.”
“At Lyft, we understand how important transportation access is to all members of the community,” said Steve Taylor, New York and Mid-Atlantic regional director for Lyft. “We are proud to partner with Forest Hills Stadium to support the excellent work of Queens Community House to help those with limited mobility feel secure and supported.”

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