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Local Woman Loves ‘Clifford’ – Her New Van

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“It’s made a complete difference in my life.” — Colleen Montini

“Destinations Mobility and its parent company, Paratransit Inc., have the caring and sensitivity that is essential to our industry.” — Ed Kendzierski, VPG Regional Sales Manager

“We are really proud to be part of this new venture.” — Richard Rosebush, Destinations Mobility

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A Special Kind of Car Salesman

By Ed Goldman, Columnist, Sacramento Business Journal
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“Richard Rosebush is like no other car dealer I’ve ever met. Maybe that’s because the vehicles he sells serve a humanitarian purpose: they’re specially equipped vans and buses for physically disabled drivers.”

“I realize that when you talk about nonprofits and car dealers, it’s usually not in the same sentence.” — Richard Rosebush, Division Manager, Destinations Mobility

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Former Patient Demonstrates World’s First Factory-Built Car Designed for Wheelchairs

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Kristina Shepard Rhoades, a former Shriners Hospital patient and the 2005 Ms. Wheelchair California, drove to Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Northern California on Tuesday, Nov. 20, in the world’s first factory-built, wheelchair-accessible automobile. Known as the MV-1, the wheelchair friendly car is manufactured by VPG (Vehicle Production Group). Rhoades, who is spokesperson for the manufacturer, demonstrated the features of the car for patients, guests and the community.

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Courtesy of Shriners Hospital for Children, Northern California,

Public & Community Relations Office.

Photos: Julia Serat.


Paratransit car sales specialist lifts vehicle price barriers for disabled

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By Cathie Anderson, Sacramento Bee Featured Columnist

Sacramento’s Paratransit Inc. moved into the car sales business without a hitch earlier this year, hiring industry veteran Richard Rosebush to find affordable vehicles for the disabled.

The challenge for Rosebush hasn’t been finding the right cars or finding buyers with good credit. Rather, Rosebush has struggled with getting traditional banks and credit unions to understand the value of a used, modified vehicle.

“I have a 2000 Windstar with 80,000 miles on it,” he said. “Kelly Blue Book says it’s a $5,000 vehicle. In reality, it’s a $15,000 vehicle.”

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Nonprofit given Northern California license for “wheelchair user’s vehicle”

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The manufacturer of the first vehicle designed for wheelchair users recently awarded the Northern California license to Destinations Mobility, the new division of local nonprofit Paratransit, Inc.

The MV-1 from Detroit-based Vehicle Production Group LLC is the first specially designed van built with wheelchair users’ feedback rather than converted from already-built vans. “We are really proud to be part of this new venture,” said Richard Rosebush, Destinations Mobility division manager.

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CBS Radio Interview

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Host Walt Shaw’s in-depth interview with Paratransit, Inc., CEO Linda Deavens and Destinations Mobility Division Manager Richard Rosebush.

“Wherever life takes you, we take you there.” – Linda Deavens

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New nonprofit sponsors other charities’ events

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“We are pleased to support these organizations and their causes,” said Richard Rosebush, Destinations Mobility Division Manager. “And we are proud to be able to start sponsoring other nonprofits in their fundraising efforts.”

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Local nonprofit makes life easier for people in wheelchairs and their families

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“For more than 211,280 people with disabilities and seniors in Sacramento County, being able to go places can be a huge problem.”

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Leaving the Nest: One family’s true life transition from independence

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“By Sharon Fredrick

“It all began six years ago, the year my parents turned 80 within one month of one another.”

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Marketing mobility: Social enterprise helps wheelchair users get vehicles

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“Because Destinations Mobility is part of a nonprofit, the staff can sell used and new vans from $7,500 to $50,000, depending on the model, modifications and mileage.”

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