PrimeLife honors drivers

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PrimeLife drivers display their new shirts. They are, back row from left, Morrie Adams, Tom Darling, Bill Jourdan, Gene Bruns, Steve Boros, Bill Whitehead, Keith Fiedler, Bob Beebe, Bob Morris, front row from left, Frank Diehl, George Billeisen, transportation coordinator Cindy McNeely, John DiCarlo and Phil Hagen. (Submitted photo)

PrimeLife drivers display their new shirts. They are, back row from left, Morrie Adams, Tom Darling, Bill Jourdan, Gene Bruns, Steve Boros, Bill Whitehead, Keith Fiedler, Bob Beebe, Bob Morris, front row from left, Frank Diehl, George Billeisen, transportation coordinator Cindy McNeely, John DiCarlo and Phil Hagen. (Submitted photo)

By Renee Larr

The clients and employees at PrimeLife Enrichment know that the senior center’s team of drivers is a key to its success, and they invited the community to help them say “thank you” on July 13.

The drivers for Carmel’s PrimeLife Enrichment, which provides activities and social events for adults age 50 and older, provide rides for members to go everywhere from the grocery store to doctor’s appointments to the center itself.

“We have over 20 drivers who drive our seniors throughout the community to the places they need to go,” activity coordinator Dee Timi said. “It’s extremely important that it’s a good program.”

Second Helpings provided lunch for PrimeLife’s drivers and others in attendance. Drivers received new shirts from Village Custom Embroidery in Zionsville.

The drivers work from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. but many work beyond those hours to fulfill the needs of PrimeLife members.

“We just need to tell them they’re appreciated. These clients would not be able to go anywhere without them. They get them where they need to be and even talk to the clients,” transportation coordinator Cindy McNeely said. “About 3/4 of them wouldn’t be here if we didn’t go get them, because they don’t drive. Our drivers are always willing to stay as long as it takes.”

McNeely said none of her drivers have had an accident or ticket while she has been transportation coordinator.

For more information, visit primelifeenrichment.org.

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