Village of Fredericton Junction

Partnership with Urban Rides Update

Mrs. Smith is a spirited senior whose zest for life is as vibrant as the blooming flowers in her garden. However, behind her warm smile lies a tale of struggle and perseverance, one that many seniors across urban and rural areas can relate to—the challenge of accessing reliable transportation to medical appointments.

For Mrs. Smith, the simple act of attending medical appointments became an arduous task. Living alone and without access to a vehicle, she found herself relying on neighbors when available or costly taxi services, often resulting in missed appointments and growing anxiety about her health.

“I remember feeling so helpless,” Mrs. Smith recounts, her eyes reflecting the weight of those missed appointments. “Each time I had to cancel or reschedule, I worried about my health deteriorating without proper care.”

As missed appointments piled up, so did the consequences. Mrs. Smith’s health began to decline, and the once-independent senior found herself increasingly isolated and dependent on others for assistance. It was a distressing reality for someone who had spent a lifetime embracing autonomy and self-sufficiency.

However, amidst the darkness of uncertainty, a glimmer of hope emerged in the form of the Urban/Rural Rides volunteer drive program—an initiative aimed at providing transportation assistance to seniors in both urban and rural communities.

Introduced to the program by a compassionate neighbor, Mrs. Smith’s life took a transformative turn. With a network of dedicated volunteer drivers at her disposal, she regained control over her healthcare journey. No longer shackled by unreliable transportation options, she could attend appointments promptly and without the fear of missing vital treatments or consultations.

“The difference was like night and day,” Mrs. Smith beams, her gratitude palpable. “Knowing I had reliable transportation gave me a newfound sense of freedom and peace of mind. I could focus on my health without worrying about how I’d get there.”

The impact of having dependable transportation extended far beyond mere convenience. With regular access to medical care, Mrs. Smith’s health began to improve steadily. She no longer felt the looming shadow of missed appointments casting doubt on her well-being. Instead, she embraced each visit with optimism, empowered by the knowledge that she was taking proactive steps towards a healthier future.

As Mrs. Smith reflects on her journey, her eyes sparkle with resilience and gratitude. “The Urban/Rural Rides program didn’t just change my life; it saved it,” she declares with conviction. “Thanks to the generosity of volunteer drivers, I’m not just surviving—I’m thriving.”

Mrs. Smith’s story serves as a poignant reminder of the profound impact that accessible transportation can have on the lives of seniors and individuals facing mobility challenges. Through initiatives like the Urban/Rural Rides program and the dedication of volunteer drivers, countless individuals like Mrs. Smith can reclaim their independence, nurture their well-being, and embrace life’s journey with renewed hope and dignity. In the end, it’s not just about reaching appointments—it’s about reaching for a better quality of life, one ride at a time.

To volunteer as a driver, visit or call 506-999-2102