In 1980, a group of citizens, some of whom lived with what was then considered a handicap, got together to advocate for and assist Yarmouth area residents who faced similar circumstances. Handicapped Organization Promoting Equality (HOPE) was created as a drop-in center to equip people living with challenges to better deal with day to day life issues. Over the years HOPE provided services such as a drop-in centre, tax preparation services, employment counselling, advocacy, and social events.
In time, it became very apparent that one area of major concern was the lack of affordable transportation, particularly for those who were confined to wheelchairs. In the late 1990s HOPE created Dial-A-Ride with a single used passenger van, to meet that need. We continue to serve that need today.
HOPE now has a fleet of 7 passenger vans, four of which are wheelchair accessible. In October 2020, HOPE added another vehicle to the fleet. A mid-sized SUV was purchased to better accommodate last-minute requests for local transportation needs, enabling us to more efficiently transport clients to areas beyond our county boundaries.
It is our mission at HOPE Dial A Ride to Help Our People Engage by providing safe, efficient and affordable transportation whatever the need, to residents of Yarmouth town and county, for local and longer distance travel requirements.
Handicapped Organization Promoting Equality (HOPE), is a registered charity founded in 1980 as a cross-disability consumer group. In 1981, during the national year of the disabled and with a grant from community services and money raised ourselves, HOPE opened a drop-in information centre in the rear of the Kinsmen Hall on Hawthorne Street. Our goal is to address some of the needs and concerns of disabled and income challenged residents in Yarmouth town and county. In 2017 we moved into our modern and accessible facility at 18 Bond St., Yarmouth.
One area of concern for HOPE was seeing the lack of available, affordable transportation, particularly for those who were confined to wheelchairs. In the late 1990s HOPE created Dial-A-Ride with a single used passenger van. Today we have 7 modern passenger vans, plus a5 passenger mid-sized SUV.
HOPE is governed by a board of directors chosen from residents of Yarmouth town and county. The board provides governance and policy direction to the staff (currently 9 individuals) and volunteers who handle the day-to -day operations.
HOPE Dial-a-Ride wishes to thank its generous supporters and partners.