Volunteer Interfaith Caregivers-Southwest

aka Senior Rides and More   |   Houston, TX   |  www.SeniorRidesandMore.org

Mission

The mission of VIC-SW is to serve the frail, elderly by promoting senior independent living, health, and safety by providing free transportation and other services.

Notes from the nonprofit

We are a small faith-based nonprofit that is financially transparent, and strives to serve the elderly of our community.

Ruling year info

2004

Principal Officer

Debby Posso

Main address

9600 S. Gessner Rd.

Houston, TX 77071 USA

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EIN

30-0249426

NTEE code info

Senior Centers/Services (P81)

Transportation (Free or Subsidized) (P52)

Transportation (Free or Subsidized) (P52)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Senior Rides and More

Senior Rides and More provides free one-on-one transportation to medical appointments, shopping and other errands, friendly phone calls, and minor home repairs.

Population(s) Served
Seniors

Free one-on-one transportation for elderly residents of the southwest Houston, TX area.

Population(s) Served
Seniors

Where we work

Accreditations

Better Business Bureau Charity Accreditation 2021

Affiliations & memberships

Better Business Association 2021

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people unable to obtain or delaying needed medical care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Seniors

Related Program

Transportation Assistance

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Elderly who do not have affordable or free transportation to medical appointments is on the rise each year. By 2030 almost 20% of Americans will be 65 years of age or older.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Volunteer Interfaith Caregivers Southwest (d/b/a Senior Rides and More) aims to accomplish our mission of assisting the frail and elderly with free transportation by expanding our program each year, thereby assisting more seniors each year. We serve by zip code and currently (2022) reach seniors in 47 zip codes. In 2023, we will be serving 49 zip codes. Over 2 million residents live within the city of Houston and many of them are over age 65. Senior resources in the fourth largest city are lacking and our goal is to alleviate the issue of affordable transportation to medical appointments and life-sustaining errands for as many seniors who meet our criteria as possible.

Collaboration, outreach, funding, and action are the primary ways to make any goals happen. Senior Rides and More works hand-in-hand with religious congregations to reach volunteers whose hearts lean toward helping seniors. We work with other nonprofits in the Houston and Fort Bend areas to share our services with those who are looking for assistance we offer, and we speak directly with the seniors to evaluate their needs and assist them in finding other services if necessary. We are like family to many of our seniors and without action on our part, their needs will not be met.

Senior Rides and More has been in service in the Houston/Fort Bend area for over 28 years. We are financially sound (and financially transparent) and have met every challenge we have faced as a small nonprofit in a world of large corporations. Our board of directors is strong and directly involved in our organization, and works hand-in-hand with our office staff to make mission driven decisions that move us forward. Our Executive Director has been with Senior Rides and More for 15 years. Staff longevity is the norm and is indicative of our family atmosphere and mission to serve.

Ten years ago we were able to reach more seniors when we gained funding to begin using Houston's Yellow Cab service to get our care receivers to their necessary medical appointments when not enough volunteers were available. Today, we now utilize Lyft and Uber to make this happen and 25-30% of our rides are completed through paid transportation services. Our seniors are no longer in fear of missing necessary medical appointments, or going without groceries or prescriptions due to lack of transportation. How can we make this happen? Through funding, of course. That is also the most challenging hurdle. Utilizing these services that eases the transportation challenges of our seniors is not free, and gaining the funding to continue our mission is a priority. Our next step is to wade into the waters of government grants and funding. A larger government grant could open the door that allows us to bring free transportation to hundreds more seniors in our service areas.

Financials

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Volunteer Interfaith Caregivers-Southwest

Board of directors
as of 10/30/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Carla Mitcham

Lois O'Connor

St. Thomas More

Peter Hogue

Annette Bisanz

Adrianna Rubio

Rebecca Landes

The Beacon

John Heinemann

St. Laurence Catholic Church

Carla (Janie) Mitcham

Adam Heghinian

Edward Jones

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/25/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/25/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.