Bus passes donated to Owensboro shelters, food pantries

Many people ride the bus to work, home and other places. For some, it's their only way getting around places like Owensboro.

And hundreds of riders are getting help getting to their destination with a free bus pass.

It's one way to get around Owensboro. But for some, it's their only way.

"It's a really great need. A lot of them don't have their own vehicles. If they do, it's broke down," says Charlotte Statts of The Daniel Pitino Shelter.

"We don't think of that very often that people will need to get from point A to point B," adds Owensboro City Commissioner Larry Conder.

To help make their trip easier, Conder and other officials are buying hundreds of bus passes and donating them to shelters and food pantries for those staying at the shelters to use.

"It helps them get around the community. If not, they'd be walking in the heat and the cold weather, and it keeps them out of the elements. It helps parent get their kid to the doctors. Sometimes they have to use them to get to school," Statts says.

"It was nice of them," says Gary Swarts, who picked up one at Saint Benedict's Emergency Shelter.

"It helps us," he says. "It helps the homeless getting around town and do the things we need to do."

Conder, who bought the passes himself, says the gesture recognizes a need among those dependent on city buses to get around town, since many at the shelters don't have their own cars.

"Plus, it's cold right now, so it helps them out a little bit to say, 'Hey, we can go down, and buy these for them.' That is our entire city commission was well aware and wanted to be able to support this. So, all the city commissioners and the mayor wanted to do," he says.

Conder also says they'll be checking with people at the shelters and with other groups to see how many other bus passes are needed in the future.

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(This story was originally published on November 10, 2017)


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