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Causes: Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Human Services, Senior Centers, Seniors, Transportation Assistance

Mission: The mission of OATS is to provide reliable transportation for transportation disadvantaged Missourians so they can live independently in their own communities.

Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 35,000 Missourians

Geographic areas served: 87 Counties in the State of Missouri

Programs: By increasing mobility, OATS makes it possible for people to live active, independent lives in their own community. People with disabilities and seniors are the primary focus although the general public is served in rural areas. OATS offers transportation for non-emergency medical appointments, dialysis treatments, employment, essential shopping, business and nutrition sites.

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I work in a medical facility and OATS transports almost 1/2 of our patients to and from the facility. Without OATS, many of them wouldn't have a way to get here to get the treatment that they need. They always go above and beyond to make sure our patients get to us safe, sound and on time. And our patients love their OATS drivers! Don't know what we would do without them!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work at a local medical care agency. OATS NW (St. Joseph, MO) takes AWESOME care of our patients. They always go above and beyond to make sure my patients are taken care of. Not only do they get them from Point A to Point B, but they do it with such care and compassion! My patients do not feel well - but the OATS drivers always make them smile and feel good! Thank you OATS for taking such great care of the disabled and older generation in NW Missouri!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My mom is able to travel on the OATS bus from her home (Hannibal, MO) to the St. Louis area for doctor visits and other appointments. My mom and I are both so grateful for the service the OATS bus provides. We're not sure how we would cope without it. Patti, the driver of her bus, is incredibly friendly and helpful to my mom!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been working in the medical field for 14 years. In this time I have had many experiences with transportation providers. I can tell you that the only one that is trustworthy is OATS. Dependability is a must for our dialysis patients. OATS will get them to treatment on time and pick them up on time. If for any reason a driver believes he may be late in his return, we are made aware so the patient knows they may have to wait. It has never been more than 30 minutes. If they are going to be later than 30 minutes they will often arrange for another driver to fill in. The drivers are the most courteous and friendly. I have seen the same faces on a regular basis for many years driving for OATS, and consider them friends. I see the care and compassion they show when dealing with their riders and others around them. It is my belief that OATS must have a very good system for hiring employees. They definitely have some of the best here in Mid-MO. Thank you, OATS for always being dependable, flexible and most of all loveable.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work with patients who travel to dialysis 2-3 times a week. The state contracts with many providers to offer this service. OATS stands out among them all! They are not only reliable, the whole OATS organization understands and reponds to the human side of the service they are providing.

Diana44

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My organization has a contract with OATS and they provide our clients rides to and from work. Our mission is to successfully employ adults with disabilities who otherwise experience barriers. Without this means of transportation to and from our workshop, our mission would be impossible. Our great thanks for the wonderful service to our clientele for what you do for them every day!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I read the bus to Columbia for doctor's appointments and for job opportunities. Patty and Brad are always friendly and ready to help. I cannot say enough good things about this service. It is because of this service that I have more independence. The people that work for OATS are very capable and willing to go the distance for their clients.

Tony24

Client Served

Rating: 5

I absolutely love OATS Transportation. I live in Hannibal, MO, but all of my family lives in the STL area. OATS gives me the opportunity to visit them without it costing a fortune. Patty Robinson, the driver, is always prompt and extremely helpful, making it a trip that I look forward to when I have the opportunity to go home. Thank you OATS for your commitment to excellence and serving the community.






Deanna J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer as a contact person and as the Johnson County Committee chairperson. We constantly try to let our communities know that there is transportation available to meet their needs. There are many Missourians that would not be able to stay at home or lead productive lives without transportation such as OATS provides. I always feel glad when I have been able to help someone with their transportation needs.

Client Served

Rating: 5

OATS is a great organization! I work in a dialysis facility where many of our patients depend on OATS for transportation to and from treatment. The drivers are all great with our patients.... they are all very kind and patient with them. Our patients love their OATS drivers and so do we! I don't know how we would get along without them!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

OATS is a fabulous organization! Many of my patients utilize OATS services. They are heads and tails about the other transportation providers in town. I know my patients will be well cared for by OATS. The drivers go out of their way to provide professional and courteous service with little 'extras'. The OATS office staff is always willing to help my patients out whether that is for a scheduled ride or figuring out transportation in a pinch. THANK YOU OATS for taking such good care of our patients!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a case manager fo seniors, I've found that transportation is a major issue for most. OATS fills that need with a wonderful service. Not only does OATS assist with necessary shopping trips, the seniors love the opportunity to get out of the house and visit with other seniors. Their monthly meetings to discuss fund raising and trips also give the seniors a feeling of pride in their own bus. Just don't know what our rural area's would do without the wonderful service that OATS provides!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

When working for the Missouri Dept. of Trans. I had the opportunity to help provide funding for OATS. When I became a board member of OATS, after retirement, I really realized that OATS truly believes in their mission statement, that of providing transportation to any individual who needs it. The staff and volunteers work hard to carry out OATS mission and Missouri citizens, and the State, are better for it.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Ever since its inception in 1971, OATS has been serving the Elderly and Disadvantaged with a door-to-door transit service allowing them to remain independent in their own home or residence. It is a vital service for these people and needs public and private support. I have been associated with OATS as a board member for the past 23 years and have participated in many fund raising activities on the local area which I represent. I am proud to be a part of this great service.
Sincerely,
Dick Keezer, Southwest Missouri

Board Member

Rating: 5

There are thousands of Missourians who depend on OATS for their transportation needs around the state. For many of those who depend OATS Transportation, it is the only thing keeping them from being shut-ins to the outside world. OATS has even been recognized nationally for being an innovative leader in the transportation industry!!
It is truly and honor and privilege for me to be associated with a company that provides such a great service and has the national reputation providing transportation to those who need it the most!! We are also so very fortunate to have such a competent and caring staff who keep it running like a well-oiled machine!!
OATS is not just for older people.


Board Member

Rating: 5

Oats Transit is Awesome! Here in Monroe County it is a very Important part of the Folks' Life. For some, it is their only means of transportation to go to the Doctor, get their medicine, Shop, and buy groceries! Oats Transit will pick You up at Your door and take You wherever You need to go. It allows Folks to remain in their homes and be independent. It is a very safe and reliable transportation. The Driver's are Awesome:) If You have never rode an Oats Bus, I encourage You to give it a try. The Folks are so nice and they become like Family. My Mom started riding in 1985. She loved it because She made so many new Friends! My Mom was an Oats Contact for many years. It was a job She loved. I started riding with My Mom and I still ride today. I am Chairperson for Monroe County and on the State Board. I am so Thankful for Oats:)