Provided through the Gulf Coast Regional Center, the Connect Transit program provides free transportation to individuals with intellectual disabilities so they can get to appointments or go shopping.
To schedule transportation or for information call:
800-266-2320 or 409-945-0820.
I hate dwelling in hypotheticals, but I am wondering if they would be willing to cross county lines to take someone to an appointment on the Houston/Harris County side of Clear Lake? I’m going to ask the same thing of the Harris County RIDES program, will they take a resident of Houston in 77062 to the Baybrook Mall, which is technically outside of Harris County. . . if anyone has used either of these, please post a comment or review.
My name is Ashley Newell and I am a Transition Advocate with Mounting Horizons, a nonprofit that serves senior citizens and individuals with Disabilities in Galveston County. We are one of 27 Centers for Independent Living in the state of Texas, with a focus on promoting independence and inclusion for people with disabilities and seniors within their communities.
Some of our services include:
ADA Accessible Transportation- servicing Galveston County, Webster, Friendswood, Seabrook, Alvin, and the Clear Lake Area.
Advocacy- Assisting people with questions about Social Security would be an example
Employment/Vocational Training- We are an ESP (Employment Service Provider) and receive referrals from Texas Workforce Commission to assist individuals with gaining competitive employment.
I&R (Information and Referrals)- Help locating Prescription assistance, rental/utility assistance, or performing research based on expressed needs.
ILS- Independent Living Skills Classes- can include: cooking, how to budget, computer classes, and other life skills
TAP- Transition to Adulthood Program- for youth 14-22 years of age.
YAAL- Young Adult Advocates Leadership Club- Youth with disabilities 14-22 learn how to self-advocate, gain leadership skills, and to advocate for the increased inclusion of people with disabilities within their community.
Social/Recreational Opportunities- With all classes and events, these are currently via Zoom during the Pandemic. In the past, we’ve gone on trips to venues, baseball games, photography outings, etc.
According to their website, “The RIDES program through Harris County is a great option for people for whom public transportation is either unavailable or inaccessible — helping eligible residents make doctor’s appointments, do grocery shopping, or otherwise just get around and remain independent.”
When I called and asked if they provided service to the Clear Lake area, they initially told me no, but then said “yes.” If they turn you down, ask to speak to someone else. They serve the part of Clear Lake that is in Houston/ Harris County.
I am wondering if they would be willing to cross county lines to take someone on the Houston/Harris County side to the Galveston side of Clear Lake? Like to Baybrook Mall? If anyone knows, please post a comment or review.