Ramon Hernandez is a DAR regular, utilizing our service for his weekly grocery trips and doctors’ appointments. Prior to discovering our services he had to rely on different family members’ schedules to make his appointments. But now, he says, “All I have to do is call and the drivers are all so wonderful!”
Every morning, Joseph Haake boards an Easy Lift van with a smile from ear to ear, to attend workshops at UCP Work Inc, where he advances his independence and productivity while becoming a fully participating citizen of the community.
Jackie Markel utilizes DAR every day to access her job at Devereux California as an office assistance. She shares that this is her 30th anniversary working with the company and is looking forward to retiring soon. In addition to reaching work every day, Jackie also attends classes at Braille Institute and occasional doctors’ appointments.
Charles Jefferson uses our services to attend classes at SBCC, in particular speech therapy classes. There he joins a group of dedicated students working to perfect their speech while having a great time. Never shy to smile and always looking sharp, Charles is known as ‘Chuck Money’ to his colleagues.
Marc Sucher is a motivated and exceptionally dedicated artist in the midst of a personal renaissance. He uses DAR four times a week to access his studio at Slingshot Alpha Art Forum
where he creates magnificent artwork that is then sold and showcased at local Santa Barbara venues such as Silvergreens and Kyle’s Kitchen. His art can be obtained through a Slingshot representative.
You can find Marc’s art showcased around town and you can purchase it by contacting SlingShot directly.
You may recognize Steve Day from his extensive and wide-ranging activism around town. He has worked locally to fight for the rights of people with disabilities as well as statewide as an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) advocate.
Although he has chosen to “officially” hang the hat, advocacy is still his passion and he finds himself speaking for those in need.
Currently he is working towards his Bachelor of Arts in Business while consulting for Tri County Regional Center and providing personalized computer training to those in need.
Karen has seen the evolution of Easy Lift as she has been a client since 1986, back when Easy Lift only had two drivers!
For 17 years, Karen worked with the Santa Barbara County Special Education Department finding substitute teachers in both North and South counties. Now retired, she enjoys the comfort of Santa Barbara and the company of her dear caregiver Rosa. She volunteers much of her time for agencies who benefit people with disabilities.
Karen has been serving on the Easy Lift Board of Directors for nearly 20 years now and has enjoyed seeing the evolution of the organization.
Every morning Roberto and his father embark on a one hour commute from Lompoc to Santa Barbara so that Roberto can attend the Special Education class at McKinley School while his father goes to work.
Easy Lift met Roberto when SBUSD referred him because they were not able to provide transportation to and from school every day. One year has become five and we’ve seen Roberto go from using a booster seat in the backseat to being able to sit in the front seat with the drivers.
Although hearing impaired, he plays the trumpet and always boards the van with a request for his favorite radio station. Roberto and his father are an inspiring pair and have sacrificed so much to ensure each others’ wellbeing.