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Richard B. | Via Rider

I can’t drive. Working is very important to me.

Strong, supportive family ties, a positive work ethic, and faith loom large in the life of Richard B.

A tall, slender man with a peaceful countenance, Richard can often be found walking in the open spaces and parks near his home.

He’s moved around a good bit, living in New Jersey, Michigan, Alabama, Illinois and now Colorado. Other than a five-year stint in a group home in Lansing, Michigan, Richard’s always lived with family.

Intellectual challenges make driving an unsafe activity for him, so he relies on Via to get to and from work as a janitor at CU-Boulder. Work is very important to Richard. If asked, this quiet man will readily share that he was Employee of the Year at the plastics manufacturer for whom he worked in Alabama. “I want to contribute to my home, community, and church. And have a couple of bucks in my pocket,” Richard shared.

What does Richard love about riding with Via? The drivers, of course!

“The drivers are great; they are really good listeners,” said Richard and his sister. “I have great conversations with them.”

Richard’s story is featured in Via’s photojournalism exhibit Portraits of Ability: Stories of Independence and Inspiration which is housed at Via’s facility on 63rd Street in Boulder. All are welcome to visit Via to view the exhibit during Via’s regular business hours.