“We take them where they are at. Some people have driving experience. Others have never driven before,” Spooner said. “We use parking lots, too. Wheeler Field is a good one.”
He’s been doing this for about a year now. “It all sort of clicked with me. Oh, I have a car. I know how to drive. I taught my now-adult children how to drive. Why couldn’t I volunteer and help somebody else?” Spooner shared.
He works closely with Susie Green, who has been the transportation coach at CAD. “The reason I went into transportation work is because of the barriers I’ve overcome in getting my license. Financially, going to the DMV, to the courts, trying to figure out the process. That’s the reason I applied for the position,” she said.
Now she’s getting a promotion, and will be managing the program. So CAD is looking to hire another transportation coach. “I have a lot of participants who are able to move up in their job, because they have better access to transportation and don’t have to rely on the busline,” she said.
Spooner knows his volunteering is opening doors, and the road. “It’s just one more step. It’s not a huge thing. It is a barrier though, and if there’s anything I can do to help with that, it makes me feel good,” he told us.