What Is Kboose?
Kboose is a mobility assistance platform designed to help seniors, veterans, those with disabilities, and children, travel with safety and companionship. Our caring personal assistants provide the supervision and guidance they need so that your loved ones can live life to its fullest.
We know how stressful it is to be a full time working parent trying to care for your children and aging parents at the same time. We are the clone you often wished you had, filling in the gaps when you cannot be there. We pick up our clients at the door and guide them to the car and then stow their travel aid, (walker or mobile wheelchair, or set up the car seat). We can take them in the door to their appointment or if you prefer, stay with them and record that appointment for later review by you or a caretaker. We provide shopping help, trips to the Veterinarian or lawyer, and even trips to visit the doctor or family across the State. If you have a mobility need, Kboose Assists will try to fill it.
Here’s the thing, at Kboose we realize the individuals we serve are some of the most vulnerable in our society and we have built-in processes to protect them. We also think our riders should have a say that they can choose the drivers they like.
Most important, our Assistants are some of the best, most caring people that you will ever meet. Many have past care-taking experience and have clean driving and personal records. We look for people who are above average so that you and your family will have an enjoyable experience. We pay our drivers well and provide additional incentives so that they know we value them. We believe in creating a healthy community – each of us caring for each other.
When Was Kboose Born?
Kboose was born out of compassion and empathy and the realization that we can and should do better for the more vulnerable part of our society. For example, no one should have to stand outside a business office in the middle of the winter or a crime-ridden neighborhood for an hour and a half waiting for their appointment because that was the only ride they could get. Parents shouldn’t have to risk their job to pick up one of their kids from school when they’re sick or need to go home early. Moreover, quality of life activities or appointments shouldn’t be a burden to our seniors …think about it, wouldn’t it be amazing if seniors could get around as easily as those utilizing ride-shares from bars?
What Defines Kboose?
Simply put our values. Our business embraces compassion, empathy, and empowerment. Kboose Assists is more than a curb-to-curb service; we are a door to door companion based service providing personalized assistance to our clients. This means our assistant’s goal is not only to share a ride with you, but it’s to make sure you feel safe and comfortable. It means we take the time to walk you to your appointment, to help you in and out of the vehicle and advocate for you in any way that we can.
Annie Young: Founder – Chief Moose
Annie Young is an innovator, champion, and leader for underprivileged populations. Annie launched Kboose Assists in 2016 and has worked with hospitals, senior centers, and government agencies to tailor Kboose Assists to be an affordable yet comprehensive service. She has more than 15 years of experience in IT with database, project, and technology management. Her background allows her to design systems that create a collaborative yet effective network to serve the underprivileged and neglected populations. Annie attended GRCC, ITT, & Aquinas College.
Linda Langs: CoFounder – Director of Business Development
Linda Langs is a serial entrepreneur and marketer. She has launched six companies over her career, and developed the first Cable Advertising firm in the early 80’s, (Cable Ads of America, Inc.) a film production company (All Media Productions, Inc.) that produced the first AIDS education films in the early 80’s (winner of the Gold Apple, Parent’s Choice, and Telly Awards) co-launched the first Web Development Company in West Michigan (3rd Coast Technologies), a web marketing firm (Web Marketing Concepts) and an audio amplifier manufacturer (UpBeat Audio, LLC) home of the Boostaroo® Pocket Amplifier. Linda is a graduate of Michigan State University.
Our Board of Advisers and Supporters:
James Negley – Front-end Web Application Developer
Kevin Davis – Communication and Technology Advisor
Christina VanDam – Project Team and Youth Advocate
Ann Berman: Project Team – Nonprofit and Senior Advocate
James McNaughton – Project Team and Mental Health Advocate
Start Garden, Spring GR, Samaritas, GRJF, Ford – City of Tomorrow, Porter Hills , NODONA