After suffering from a major stroke, Jeannette Hemingway lost her ability to speak. With the help of Coastal Trans, the 82-year-old Jefferson resident was able to attend speech therapy at the Maine Center For Integrated Rehab in Rockland three times a week.

Without Coastal Trans, Hemingway’s daughter, Suzanne Hamilton, said she wouldn’t have been able to get her mother to this crucial therapy where she relearned to speak, read, write and count, and reclaim her sense of freedom.

“I often thought as my mother boarded the Coastal Trans bus with her lunch box in hand, that she felt like a ‘kid’ again, going off to school,” said Hamilton. “And, she really loved it. Coastal Trans allowed my mother to feel useful, more independent, intelligent and with purpose. From the bottom of my heart, I thank Coastal Trans for making the last year of her life so much better.”

Every year Coastal Trans turns to the community for its annual appeal to support its mission to help people who can no longer drive themselves, or do not have access to a vehicle, get the services they need to maintain healthy and independent lives.

Coastal Trans’ state funding is already less than it was 10 years ago. Further cuts in the state budget that are now pending may force Coastal Trans to reduce the amount of transportation it is providing in Knox, Lincoln and Sagadahoc counties and the towns of Brunswick and Harpswell.

Every dollar Coastal Trans receives helps keep its vehicles on the road, ensuring everyone in the Midcoast has the transportation they need and deserve. To make a tax deductible donation, mail payment to Coastal Trans Inc., 46 Summer St., Thomaston, ME 04841. For more information call 596-6477.