What Is Travelers Aid?

What Is Travelers Aid?
Traveling to an outdoor adventure, a business trip or even a simple family vacation, is its own challenge. Anything can go wrong, from lost luggage with vital medicine or documents to theft of credit cards and identification. Since 1851, Traveler's Aid International has been helping weary travelers connect with a support system.

History

Traveler's Aid began in St. Louis, Mo., in 1851. Many westward travelers found themselves stranded half-way across the country for various reasons such as illness, transportation problems and low funds.

Function

Traveler's Aid International helps travelers, as well as local citizens, find food, shelter and other necessities. Some services include helping disabled travelers reach connecting transportation; providing pre-paid phone cards so a stranded traveler can reach out to family; and helping a diabetic traveler replace medicine lost with his luggage.

Size

Traveler's Aid International is a network of independent agencies operating in 48 communities plus 36 transportation hubs, such as airports and train and bus stations. Coverage includes the United States, Canada and Australia.

Independent Operations

Each member organization tailors its programs to meet the needs of the location. For instance, some Traveler's Aid organizations offer help to homeless people and families in crisis.

People Helped

Each year, over six million people are assisted through the efforts of a Traveler's Aid organization.

Free Services

Traveler's Aid always offers its services free of charge.

Article Written By Thomas Ferraioli

Thomas Ferraioli began writing in 1993. His work has been featured in national publications like "Parents" and "U.S. Catholic." Ferraioli owns a cleaning service and is a Catholic youth minister. He holds a bachelor's degree in communications and business from Seton Hall University and was a recipient of the Pope John Paul II Award from the Archdiocese of Newark, N.J. for his work with youth.

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