Most people who are familiar with the transportation service simply call it "the Gallivant". In April, Gallivant expanded its hours of operations to five days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., using two vehicles and three professional drivers. Gallivant has a 12-passenger handicap-accessible van with a wheelchair lift and a 4-passenger sedan.
The door-to-door service will take Darien seniors (and disabled people) anywhere they want to go in Darien, Stamford, New Canaan and Norwalk. While the service is free, many riders make a contribution of $5.00 per round trip to help cover some of the costs of the service. People use Gallivant to go to the hairdresser, to medical appointments, to the beach or the library, to the Senior Center or the DCA, or out to lunch with friends.
If you can't or don't want to drive somewhere, give the Gallivant sedan or van a try. Just call the dispatcher (available 24-7 and operated by Drivers Unlimited) at 203.655.2227. It helps if you can be ready to tell the dispatcher:
- Who you are.
- Where you a located.
- The name and address where you want to go.
- The time and date of your appointment and when you'd like to be picked up. (Medical appointments should be booked 48 hours in advance.)
- What type of appointment it is.
- Any other pertinent information.
Aging in Place+Gallivant is a nonprofit charitable organization whose mission is to help Darien Seniors live independently, comfortably and with dignity in their own homes and in the community as long as possible. Learn more about the organization and its services at www.aginginplacegallivant.org.
What a wonderful service for seniors in the Darien area. If only every community in America had something like this!
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