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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A program that will help seniors and adults with disabilities get transportation is now up and running.

The Central Midlands Council of Governments says their Assisted Rides Program launched Monday.

The program pairs the passengers with volunteer drivers, who then will take the passengers on errands, such as doctors visits and grocery shopping. The program is designed to help people maintain their freedom.

"As our seniors continue to age, they want to stay at home, some place that's familiar," explains Joe Perry, the Program Mobility Manager for Assisted Rides. "They don't want to go into an assisted living facility where they're not going to have as much freedom to do what they used to, so we try to do this as another service where they can stay at home as long as possible."

The service will be offered in Richland, Lexington, Newberry, and Fairfield Counties. People will need to make appointments for rides two to three days in advance.

For more information, contact the Central Midlands Council of Governments at 803.376.5390.

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