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Highlighting Grand Rapids Community Support During Power Outages

Villa Maria Evacuation Photo

Our recent winter weather events have left us feeling especially proud of Grand Rapids, the city we call home. Watching the community step up to care for those in need is something we’d be remiss not to echo our appreciation for.

Last Friday more than 100,000 Kent County residents were without power. Officials at the City of Grand Rapids’ Emergency Operations Center (EOC) asked for help evacuating the Villa Maria retirement community. The Rapid’s Bus Operators answered the call with warm buses and warm hearts.┬áThe seniors were taken to a Red Cross shelter at GRPS’ Union High School where they’d be able to access warmth and food. Fifty to one hundred seniors ultimately made the trip on four of The Rapid’s buses, assisted by family, community members, GRPD, and others.

Thank you to our community’s tireless first responders for caring for those in need.

Written by The Rapid

The Rapid (Interurban Transit Partnership) is the authority that provides a variety of public transportation services for the Grand Rapids metro area and beyond. It is organized and operates under Michigan Public Act 196 of 1986.