If only we could wake up from this bad dream, and find it was a very bad April Fools joke. If you know me personally you know I HATE practical jokes. I am not a good sport and I do not take it well. But I so wish this was one practical joke. Would I be mad yes but then the relief would set in.
It has been eleven days since we furloughed most of our employees, in order to help with the spread and to do our part. What has been happening here. Well it has been quiet oh so quiet. I think the first day it was kinda nice from all the hustle and bustle. But eleven days later we are missing our co workers, clients, passengers and other team members. We are looking for ways to stay connected. We are researching Google meet, Zoom and other ways to stay in touch.
What are you doing to stay connected to your peeps? Please share with us in the comments below.
What is social distancing? It is a public health practice that is trying to prevent sick people from coming in close contact with healthy people in order to reduce the opportunities for disease transmission.
The latest is stay 6 feet away from everyone. That is harder than you think. I found myself going to the grocery store and every time I passed someone in the aisle I held my breath. Silly I know and I decided if I was that freaked out maybe I should just stay home and eat what I have at home. After all I do live in America and can get to the grocery store if ever I run out of food. We have so much in this country that maybe we should count our blessings instead of being anxious on how much milk, bread, eggs and of all things toilet paper we have.
Enough with all that being said we are sad to announce that we have had to postpone our Annual Banquet. If any of you have ever gone you know this is a very precious and loved event by clients, staff and members of our community. It is a chance to celebrate the last years accomplishments. But don't worry as soon as possible we will hold that much loved event. Until then be safe and practice social distancing. Spend time with your family and friends by teleconference, read, watch movies, catch up on the housework, catch up with old friends by writing a letter and sleep oh blessed sleep.
Everyone has to eat so why not eat at Main & Madison Cafe. They have good food, great service, and they support local not for profit agencies by collecting tips that customers leave. They have picked us for March. So come out and show us your love by visiting this wonderful business. Tell Stephanie that Becky sent you!!
Come out and join the fun on April 25, 2020 for the party.
This event includes 10 K Run, 5 K Walk Family -Friendly, FREE Kids Run, Music, Food, Vendors, Giveaways and Awards!
$25 Early Registrations through April 7th!
But in order for us to continue and be part of this fun filled day we need 15 more people to sign up to run or walk by February 29th and we need only 3 more volunteers.
You can go to www.rocktheblockrun.org to register.
Be sure to pick Gateway Services, Inc / Access Johnson County Public Transit.
Come on peeps show us your LOVE by signing up today! All are welcome and wouldn't it be great to get a whole team together and show them our TEAM SPIRIT!
Now we just need a cool name for our teams. Please submit your ideas too!
ARE YOU RETIRED?
HAVE YOU GOTTEN YOUR HONEY DO LIST DONE?
ARE YOU BORED?
ARE LOOKING FOR A WAY TO GIVE BACK?
COME JOIN OUR TEAM!
We will keep you busy and you will interact with all types of individuals and make a bit of money in the process.
If you have professional experience driving that is a plus if you don't that is not a problem either, that just means we will train you to be a professional driver.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 317-738-5523 and we can mail you out an application.
We just wanted to be sure everyone knows that Gateway Services, Inc and Access Johnson County Public Transit are closed. Our very tired but dedicated staff need a little rest after working so hard this last year. We had a lot going on in 2019.
Eagle Scout Project, Pet Pawlooza, Lemon Shake Up Stand not to mention all the grant applications we submitted over the course of this last year.
We also have had several annual or triennial compliance reviews this year. There was CARF (we got a 3 year that was the maximum) Transportation was surveyed by INDOT and IndyGo regarding operations and vehicle operations. For the first time every we are self reporters for National Transit Database. We had our annual Agency Audit that started a bit earlier than usual.
These last three months we have had several other fundraisers such as the birth announcements of our triplet medium transit vehicles were delivered, we did an end of year support letter as well.
We wish you are a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Why the name change you ask? We wanted to include all types of pets after all we love them just as much as puppies right???
Gateway Services and KORN Country 100.3FM have teamed up to bring back Pet PAWlooza! Get your pup ready and join us on April 28th at The Sycamore at Mallow Run Winery for an afternoon of animals, shopping, live music, food, beer & wine, and FUN! All proceeds benefit Gateway Services!
Check back here for more details coming soon!
One of our favorite events that we host is our annual fashion show. It's such a great time to celebrate, Fall, fashion, and the people we serve. For just $40, your ticket will not only get you access to the show, but you'll also have a tremendous lunch and be able to bid on our silent and live auction items. That's right. We said live auction. It's something different. And we think you're going to love it!
There's a couple of other things we're doing differently this year. It's all part of making this year's event bigger and better than ever before!
Because we know it'll be the highlight of ours.
We are happy to announce we have 3 new small transits on the road. We were able to procure these from a vehicle grant that is offered through Federal Transit Administration and Indiana Department of Transportation. We are blessed to only have to pay a 20% local match.
We had lots of help at our Lemon Squeeze last Thursday, July 12. We squeezed 76 cases for a total of 145 gallons of lemon juice. We had over 50 volunteers from 7:00 - 2:45. The first case was washed and cut by 7:14 am and the first lemon was squeezed at 7:15 by our very own Jennifer M. The last lemon was squeezed at 1:15 pm. We had approximately 10 people stay and help clean up the sticky and lemony smelling basement at First Christian Church in Bargersville. We would like to thank you all that helped in anyway in making this event a complete success.
Saturday, July 14 drivers loaded the lemon stand on two trucks, two trailers and a mini van with all the supplies to get us started. These fine drivers had the stand all set up by 10:30. That is a record. I think we are a well oiled machine at this point. Thank you to all the staff that helped load the vehicles and to Gerald, Ron, Joe, Rob, Roger, Mike O, and Bill H for setting it all up at the Fair Grounds.
We are half way through the fair now. We have a few fun facts to share.
Fun Fact: Wednesday July 18 was the 2nd best day we have had in 10 years at the Johnson County Fair. Last year on Sunday was the 1st best day at the fair in 9 years.
Fun Fact: Very unusual Summer Day in Indiana -The weather was a perfect day with no rain only sunshine and hardly any humidity.
Fun Fact: A BIG SHOUT OUT to the Daily Journal we would never have been able to get the word out if it hadn't been for you folks. We have had some awesome volunteers that have stepped up answered the call for action.
Fun Fact: A1 Bail Bonds and PFM Car & Truck Care were our Stand and Cup Sponsors this year and Gateway's new logo were on these cups as well. THANK YOU Melia (A1 Bail Bonds) and John (PFM) !