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Random Age-Friendly: Stephenville interested in CREST

Chairperson Larry Reid shares information about CREST with Ted Gracie, Director of Municipal Services for the Town of Stephenville.
Chairperson Larry Reid shares information about CREST with Ted Gracie, Director of Municipal Services for the Town of Stephenville. - Photo courtesy of Random Age-Friendly Communities

The Town of Stephenville heard great things about the CREST (Clarenville Region Extended Seniors’ Transportation) bus and was interested in finding out more about it.

The Town Manager made a call to Larry Reid, Chair of the governing committee for CREST.  He liked what he heard and was interested in pursuing things further.

Ted Gracie, Director of Municipal Services for the Town of Stephenville was in St. John’s on town business and took the time to visit the CREST office and speak to the volunteers on duty for that day.

Later he met with Larry Reid to get the details of how CREST actually works.

The CREST Seniors’ Transportation service is the only one of its kind in the province, as it is run solely by volunteers.  More than 80 volunteers have been running this unique service for the past 4 years.

CREST is a Clarenville and area transportation service for people who live within a 20 km radius of the town of Clarenville, are over the age of 60, or over age 25 and confined to a wheelchair. 

The sixteen-passenger/8-wheelchair bus operates from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday in 12 communities—Clarenville, Milton, George’s Brook, Harcourt, Random Heights, Elliott’s Cove, Snook’s Harbour, Deep Bight, Adeytown, Hillview, North West Brook, and Queen’s Cove.

In addition to providing a service to residents from Monday to Friday, CREST also provides transportation at the request of individuals and groups on evenings and weekends.

Mr. Gracie was given a copy of the CREST Handbook, information as to how the monthly schedules are prepared, along with statistical information to share with his co-workers at the Town of Stephenville.

Random Age-Friendly Communities, the governing board for CREST is delighted to hear that other communities in our province are interested in offering such an invaluable service for seniors.

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