2018-06-20 / Front Page

Carol Pryor recognized for effort to provide needy transportation


Carol Pryor is pictured above with James Moorhead, Aging Services Coordinator, who presented the ADRC 2018 Service Award. Carol Pryor is pictured above with James Moorhead, Aging Services Coordinator, who presented the ADRC 2018 Service Award. Blakely native Carol Pryor was presented the Aging and Disabilities Resource Connection 2018 Service Award during the ADRC Healthy Communities Summit May 17.

The award was in recognition of her efforts and leadership in developing and expanding a Georgia Medicaid Waiver Transportation Lyft Initiative test case model which was successfully developed and implemented in Georgia.

After Carol’s numerous phone calls, meetings, dead ends, successes, and homemade cakes, Lyft is providing transportation in Georgia and working with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities to create a sustainable transaction model for all individuals.

The DBHDD, Lyft, Inc. and Public Partnerships Fiscal Intermediary leadership teams have been committed to expand the model.

However, it was noted during the award presentation, “this landmark opportunity only exists because of the passion, tenacity and commitment of one person, Carol Pryor. Carol recognized the transportation barrier which is ever present for many Georgians who are experiencing disabilities and decided to make it better.”

“Carol understood that access to community activities was key to living a meaningful life. So, she began calling and emailing anyone and everyone who she thought could help.”

Carol and Billy Snider, Lyft Inc. Partnerships Manager, were keynote speakers at the awards ceremony.

When asked to provide a few words about Carol, Billy Snyder of Lyft, Inc. had this to say,

“Carol is an advocate and true believer in supporting all communities in need to help, including Veterans, the elderly and people with disabilities.

“I am truly blessed to have had the honor to work with her on figuring out some of the biggest challenges facing our underserved.”

Carol, a graduate of Blakely High School, is the daughter of the late Harvey and Hazel Brown.

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