CoralGables@HOME members now using surplus police car

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CoralGables@HOME, the Coral Gables Community Foundation’s initiative helping residents 50 years and older maintain independent living in their own homes, recently unveiled the wrap on the surplus police car donated by the City of Coral Gables on Oct. 13, 2009.

“Transportation is the biggest need for the CoralGables@HOME members who do not drive,” said Coral Gables Community Foundation chair Jerry Santeiro. “The car is perfect for taking our members to doctors appointments and even trips to the airport for our entire membership.”

In addition to transportation services, CoralGables@HOME provides access to background-checked home repair and service providers at a discount; social and cultural activities; catered meals for home delivery, and dining and shopping discounts.

“Thank you for all your services and help in taking me to do the groceries, to holiday shopping and to the physician, when needed,” said member Clara Romero. “You are doing a great job, especially offering transportation — that is my most pressing need.” The Rotary Club of Coral Gables provided a grant to assist with applying the CoralGables@HOME logo and graphics to the car. CoralGables@HOME is modeled after the nationally known Beacon Hill Village in Massachusetts and is the only program of its type in Florida.

Founded by the Coral Gables Community Foundation, CoralGables@HOME is a membership- based program supporting independent living at home. Membership benefits include monthly social and cultural events; discounts on home repairs and services from background-checked providers; dining and shopping discounts; a one-call resource for any question, and transportation services. CoralGables@HOME membership dues are $60 per month or $650 a year.

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