GSIL has restored a life full of purpose

My son Zach and I have an annual tradition every summer. We go to a small seaside town near us and do what’s called a “food crawl.” We go from restaurant to restaurant, splitting appetizers and small snacks. In between treats, we shop at the gift stores.

This tradition nearly came to an end when my life upended in 2007, and I became reliant on a wheelchair.

Prior to then, I was an active member of my community. I was involved in several fundraisers and greatly enjoyed spending time with friends.

Short of renting a wheelchair van, which is not something I could afford, I couldn’t go anywhere independently. I couldn’t simply jump in the car on a nice day and do something unplanned.

Enter Granite State Independent Living’s Transportation Program.

I contacted them shortly after I began using a wheelchair. I was thrilled to learn they not only provide transportation to medical appointments and the doctor’s office, but also social trips.

One of my favorite features of the Transportation Program is their ability to accommodate last-minute requests if possible. Though not a guarantee, they have been able to pick me up for fun activities that came to my mind on short notice. I love the spontaneity!

Thanks to them, I’ve been able to attend many wonderful occasions over the years.

Birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, open houses, barbecues, farmers’ markets, trips to the library.

Church fairs.

Easter brunch.

Blueberry picking.

Afternoons outside, enjoying a food crawl with my son while the sun shines all around us.

This program is far more than a few hours out of the house. It has restored a life full of purpose, joy, and connection back to me. I am forever grateful.

Want to learn more about Granite State Independent Living? Head over to or call 603-228-9680.

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