Taking care of disabled persons, the elderly and their families is what the Rural Economic Assistance League is all about.

"Transportation to the general public. To persons with disabilities as well as seniors. We provide a number of housing opportunities too. Ensuring they maintain a fulfilling and independent life," executive director Martin Ornelas said.

The Rural Economic Assistance League has been operating in South Texas for the past 46 years. The league serves 11 counties in the Coastal Bend providing services that residents might not otherwise have access to.

The league operates adult activity health service centers where seniors can come and socialize and check on medical needs.

R.E.A.L also home health services.

According to Ornelas, the services are vital to those in rural areas.

"We know that without the services we would provide, in rural areas the isolation would simply continue. People call us because they need assistance. They need to get to locations because they've lost mobility. They're getting older in age. They have disabilities, and we are the life link for them to continue having a fulfilling life," Ornelas said.

R.E.A.L operates seven housing facilities for the elderly and disabled throughout Coastal Bend communities. Each housing complex provides excellent amenities, care options, community center and other quality of life amenities.

The Day of Giving benefits will also help maintain R.E.A.L's rural transportation services.

"We provide over 250,000 trips a year to seniors, persons with disabilities, the general public and anyone who's needing public transportation to get to those necessary appointments that they need," Ornelas said.

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