East Topeka Senior Center Receives New Para-Transit Bus

July 21, 2014
Capitol Federal's 121st Year of True Blue® Service


TOPEKA, Kan. – Susan Kovar, Executive Director of the East Topeka Senior Center, 432 SE Norwood Street, announced the delivery of the organization’s new 12-passenger para-transit bus for transporting seniors and adults with disabilities to and from the center. The bus has two placements for transporting clients in wheelchairs.

“The addition of this bus to our fleet helps to meet the community’s need for on-demand, donation-based, door-to-door transportation services for the elderly and adults with disabilities,” said Kovar. “The Shawnee County elderly population continues to grow each year, and the majority of those individuals require assistance with some daily activity, such as rides to medical appointments and treatments, grocery shopping and social service appointments. With 36,120 adults over 65 living in Shawnee County, ETSC provided 7,334 rides in 2013. Most of our riders have income below the poverty level, do not own a car, and cannot afford to pay for a ride from a private company. We would receive requests daily that we were not able to fulfill, as either the buses were full at the time of the request or some of the buses were out of service for repairs.

“Understanding and personally seeing this need makes ETSC so proud to thank those who made this new bus possible,” Kovar continued. “All of us at ETSC would like to publicly thank Capitol Federal® Foundation, Topeka Community Foundation and the Kansas Department of Transportation for making this much-needed service available to our clients. This bus is their link to the outside world – to Topeka, and they truly appreciate this gift.”

Capitol Federal Chairman John B. Dicus stated, “When Capitol Federal was invited to assist with the purchase of the ESTC bus, it took our Trustees no time to reply with a strong ‘yes’. We want the elderly and adults with disabilities to feel they are a strong, viable part of our community, because they are. They deserve to have the ability to do the day-to-day activities we all enjoy, and Capitol Federal is proud to be part of a gift that makes this possible for our community.”

“It is a privilege to support the great work of the East Topeka Senior Center with a grant from the Topeka Community Foundation,” said Foundation President Roger Viola. “To collaborate with other funders is exciting, too. It’s a wonderful example of how great things can happen when we all work together.”


The mission of the East Topeka Senior Center (ETSC) is to provide direct services to senior citizens and adults with disabilities so they may achieve and maintain an optimum level of physical, nutritional, social and mental functioning in order to maintain their health, dignity and independence.

The East Topeka Senior Center was organized as a 501(c)(3) in March of 1981. The goals of the organization are designed to help the elderly and/or disabled stay healthy and continue living in their own homes. The East Topeka Senior Center:

  • Provides transportation services to meals, medical appointments, social service offices, grocery stores, pharmacies and community events and activities
  • Offers nutrition services to maintain the health of our senior community through congregate dining, commodity supplemental food program and emergency food assistance
  • Provides socialization through gardening, ceramics, arts and crafts, card and board games, musical entertainment and group activities
  • Hosts educational seminars through speakers regarding issues such as health insurance, Medicare and Medicaid, tax preparation, and state and federal legislative issues
  • Promotes healthy lifestyles through activities like the School of Nursing Health Checks, Medication Reviews, Blood Pressure Clinics and daily physical activity.

For more information on the East Topeka Senior Center, call 785-232-7765.


Mary Lenz, Marketing Communications Manager, (785) 231.6255

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