Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation Programs
Care Van- More than ever, the need for reliable transportation for medical services is growing. Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation (RFWF) has achieved resolution to this need by reinstating the Care Van transportation program on the Plateau. The Care Van has a reputation for prompt and reliable service that has served many individuals over the years on the plateau. On the average, our Care Van transports over 250 rides per month among the communities we serve (Enumclaw, Buckley, Black Diamond, Bonney Lake, Wilkeson, Carbonado).
Neighbors Feeding Neighbors, which includes a daily, hot-meal, home-delivery program for senior citizens; a weekend meal program for low-income students in our school district, plus a daily meal program at our youth center; and a weekly dinner for homeless and low-income families in our community.
Dental Van, a monthly dental van that provides free or low-cost dental work for those in need.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
At a time of record gas prices and strained economics, Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation brought the area's Care Van back into service in March 2012. Since 1987, RFWF provided support for the Care Van, which was run through the Enumclaw Hospital. When the hospital changed ownership in 2010, the Care Van was taken out of service. Working with hospital leadership, the Foundation was able to retain ownership of the Care Van and put it back on the road. The Care Van provides transportation to and from health-related appointments for anyone in the area who shows a need for transportation. Health-related appointments include physical therapy, eye exams, dental appointments, doctor visits and lab work.
We knew it was a welcome service to our community. With limited service, five-seven hours a day, five days a week, we are averaging 19-21 trips a day and utilizing our hydraulic lift on the van 9-12 times a day.
The Care Van's success is also our current need. To continue service is estimated at $51,000 a year. That projection includes employee wages, gas, insurance and maintenance costs. .
Increases in ridership could bump up service and may involve extended hours or even an additional driver or van, which would stretch current resources.