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Transport Vans

ʔáw c yaʔyíyəŋ (go on a short trip)

Transport Vans

Many of our elders are unable to drive, or lack transportation options since public buses do not serve the reservation. The Elder Services Program provides our seniors transportation to and from a variety of activities, including medical and dental visits. It also delivers hot meals daily to seniors in their homes and transports elders on group outings. A new 15-passenger van, underwritten by generous donations, helps us to address these transit needs.

We thank: Tulalip Tribes Charitable Fund, Norcliffe Foundation, and Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe Community Awards Program.

The Health Department is an integral component of Tribal services, helping ensure the health and wellbeing of all tribal members, and reducing many of the common barriers to healthcare access among Native American populations. One of the most important services provided by the Health Department is the ability to provide free transportation to and from medical appointments throughout the Puget Sound for patients in need. Families on the reservation are predominately low-income, and have limited or no transportation alternatives. Additionally, many patients are confined to a wheelchair or use walking devices, and cannot drive. The PGST Health Department provides a specially outfitted handicap and wheelchair accessible vehicle to accommodate all our patients’ transportation needs. Each week up to 20 tribal members rely on our transport services for travel to and from specialty clinics, treatment services, and doctor visits in Kitsap County, Seattle, Tacoma, and beyond. Thanks to our contributors, reliable and comfortable handicap accessible vans have been purchased to allow us to continue these important transportation services in support of the community.

We thank: Tulalip Tribes Charitable Fund.