Modesto residents and twin brothers, Blaine and Brennen were once very shy and sheltered young men. In the summer of 2011, the two signed up for MOVE’s Travel Training program to learn how to navigate the Max Bus (Modesto Area Express). Thanks to MOVE’s Travel Trainers and the courteous bus drivers, the experience changed their lives. With their newfound independence, Blaine and Brennen now encourage everyone to ride the bus, saying “You never know what you’re capable of until you try!”
Donna, a Rhode Island native relocated to Turlock to be closer to her son. New to the area and without a vehicle, she struggled with transportation until she learned about MOVE’s Travel Training program during an outreach event at her apartment complex. MOVE’s Travel Trainers showed Donna how to transfer between the various bus systems and helped her plan routes to visit her friends and family. She is now comfortable riding the bus anywhere she wants to go and says that she lives by the motto “My going shoes are always on!”
From her time as a Navy Nurse, American Red Cross volunteer, and committee member of the Modesto 500 Lions Club, Sue has always recognized the importance of helping others. When MOVE posted an ad in the Modesto Bee, seeking volunteer drivers for our VetsVan program, she did not hesitate to offer her help. Passengers praise Sue for her friendly demeanor, always greeting them with a genuine smile. Thanks to the dedication of volunteers like Sue, VetsVan has provided 180 trips to homebound Veterans in need of transportation to medical care.