With efforts to draw public transportation to Picture Rocks stalled, and immobile elderly residents in need of help, neighbors are taking matters into their own hands.
Applying CPR as quickly as possible to someone suffering cardiac arrest can mean the difference between life and death, Picture Rocks Fire District Chief Brett Lane said. That’s why the district offers free instructional classes to the community.
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Doug and Nancy Cassidy load up a van with groceries. They volunteer with Interfaith Community Services, which has expanded its transportation assistance to the Picture Rocks area. The agency now operates the "Care-a-Van" to help people in need with chores and other needs.
Chuck Strauss, right, gets a helping hand with groceries from Doug Cassidy, a volunteer driver with Interfaith Community Services. Strauss said the service has been a major help.
Living in an isolated, rural environment such as Picture Rocks has its advantages, but it also has some major drawbacks for those without transportation.
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Albert Lannon unloads groceries after a trip to a store on North Silverbell Road, nearly a 24-mile round trip. "It would be nice to have a public transportation option to not have to drive all the time, especially with the price of gas being what it is," said Lannon, 74. Such an option is un…
Albert Lannon is frustrated with the road conditions and the lack of public transportation in Picture Rocks. There are 10,000 people in Picture Rocks, more than 3,000 of whom are older than 55.
Picture Rocks residents were hit with a double dose of the cold shoulder in October - not only were hopes for connecting the community to Tucson's public transportation plan scuttled, but a major garbage collector pulled out of part of the area.
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Repairing or replacing ceiling tiles and installing new energy-efficient lighting are some of the proposed repairs for the Picture Rocks Community Center, 5615 N. Sanders Road.
The replacement of flooring is on the list of upgrades planned for the Picture Rocks Community Center, which was built more than 25 years ago.
Maintenance can make the difference between a rec center and a wreck center.
When Picture Rocks retiree Charles Strauss needs to get around - say, visit the doctor or pick something up at a supermarket - his options are limited. Since he has no car, he must either hitch a ride with a neighbor or spring for a $70 round-trip cab ride.
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