Finding a New Sense of Purpose
After working as a furniture company manager, Paratransit Van Operator Cody Young found a new sense of purpose in his career when arriving at STA.
“When I was working at my last job, I didn’t feel I was doing enough in the community,” said Young, “That’s why I switched to STA — I wanted to help our community, and that’s what STA is all about.”
Young sees his role at STA as an essential part of the lives of the riders he helps serve with Paratransit.
“We are especially important during this crisis,” said Young. “For instance, we have a lot of dialysis patients who need to get to and from their doctors appointments. They need to get to where they need to go no matter what.”
Beyond Paratransit’s original charge to serve community members with disabilities, Young also takes riders participating in STA’s Rides for Seniors program, which offers a safe way for those sixty and up to get where they need to go.
“I’m here to help everyone get on board along with their walker or wheelchair if they have one and provide riders with a mask if they don’t have one,” said Young.
While COVID-19 has added new responsibilities to his job, Young finds his focus is still on his core responsibility—safety.
“Safety is number one for me,” Young said. “With COVID, now we also wear masks and have added additional disinfecting to our routines.”
Safety is also taken seriously in the Paratransit facilities, where Paratransit supervisors take each employee’s temperature and ask medical screening questions on a daily basis.
“Our supervisors do a good job of keeping us informed about the pandemic,” said Young.
Young is happy to help get his riders to and from their destinations and encourages his coworkers and riders to keep up the additional safety precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“My advice is just to make sure you continue to wear your mask at all times, wash your hands, and keep social distancing,” Young said.