The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

March 8, 2013

Cerebral palsy center receives new bus

By Ryan Richardson

SENECA, Mo. — The wheels on the Cerebral Palsy of Tri-County bus were not going around in February. But thanks to some help from the Joplin Family Y, the center was able to complete its routes until a new bus was delivered Friday.

For Christy Graham, center executive director, the help arrived in time to bridge the gap before the new bus arrived. The center depends on its two buses to transport its young clients.

“Many of the families that use our services may not have access to a dependable vehicle or the proper transportation to get them to their therapy appointments,” Graham said. “Our buses log almost 2,000 miles a month, and, with one of our buses down, we were in a real bind because we couldn’t complete our routes.”

Graham contacted the United Way, which in turn was able to secure help from the Joplin Family Y, which came through with a bus that is used for summer camp transportation.

On Friday, the new 16 passenger bus with a two-wheelchair lift arrived.

“This is the way our clients access their therapy,” Graham said. “Our service area is big, and this relieves a lot of the parents from having to take so much time off of work to get their kids the help and treatment they need.”

Since the center opened its doors in 1957 in Webb City, the nonprofit Cerebral Palsy of Tri-County has served more than 5,000 children ages 6 months to 6 years.