by Kathy Glover
Life Bridge Job Corps received a first major grant that has 16 wheels, 4 transmissions and a bunch of seats. LBJC took possession of 4 passenger vans from Capitol Metro last Wednesday. The vans will be used to bring participants to job readiness classes that begin in February.
Typically, when a non-profit organization receives a grant, it comes in the form of dollars. This in-kind grant is a significant blessing, allowing LBJC to insure transportation for adults who otherwise might not be able to attend classes at our Cedar Park site. Plans are underway to develop pick up routes from the Anderson Mill area, from the west side of Cedar Park out 1431, north in Leander and some points east toward Round Rock.
Volunteer drivers will be needed. No commercial license is required, but drivers must be added to the insurance policy and maintain a good driving record. Day time classes are scheduled to begin at 9 am and conclude by 1 pm most week days. Route times will be established accordingly.
The grant process was a mutual effort by LBJC staff. Monalisa Almanza, the ESL coordinator, happened to purchase bus passes last summer from a Cap Metro office where they announced the opportunity to award vanpool vehicles to non-profits. She brought the proposal offer to the attention of LBJC staff. The grant proposal was written by Life Bridge volunteers Latretia McGraw of Round Rock and Kathy Glover of Cedar Park. They noted the lack of public transportation in Cedar Park as the bus and Metro Rail lines access Lakeline Station and Leander Station with no stops between the two. The stations are approximately 15 miles apart, leaving a significant gap in service. Life Bridge has held classes for 2 sessions at the Twin Lakes Fellowship campus that have included adult students from north Austin to Leander as well as many from Cedar Park. Those participants and others can now be served with van rides.
We are very thankful for the gift of these vans and believe they will directly help adults who need the job readiness, life skills, language and faith development classes offered at Life Bridge.