Senior Citizens of Kodiak, Inc. (SCOK) has been awarded a Tier 1 grant from the Rasmuson Foundation in the amount of $25,000. The grant will be used as a match for the new Kodiak Area Transit (KATS) bus and for repairs to the older KATS bus. KAST is a coordinated transit system serving social service agencies and their clients.
SCOK has been the lead agency for KATS since August, 2000, with transit service being provided to 15 different local nonprofits and their clients. The average number of KATS rides per month is 1500 and over 800 Kodiak residents are served by KATS each year. Most of those residents are Alaska Mental Health Trust beneficiaries.
KATS gets riders to work, shopping, appointments, services and special events and is an important element in home and community based services keeping people living independently and in our community being viable citizens.
SCOK writes the KATS grants, administers them as well as doing financials and required reports from the Department of Transportation. SCOK contracts with First Student for KATS operations, dispatch, maintenance and insurance.