Local business, SendaRide, starts babysitting car service

Reported by Kate Burkett

SendaRide, an Oklahoma City-based company, set out to provide a service giving rides to children, the elderly and hospital patients.

Formerly called SendaSitter, the recently-developed app pairs employees, called Care Partners, with families needing a way to get their kids to and from school or practice.

Two Oklahoma Christian University students, Erika Carter and Ruth Gutierrez, work as Care Partners for SendaRide and worked to promote the company last Saturday on the University of Oklahoma campus.

Brooke Mattson, the chief operating officer of SendaRide, said both parents and Care Partners create a profile through the app. The app then assigns a local Care Partner to help subscribers’ needs.

Accroding to Mattson, safety is the top priority for SendaRide because it is vital they believe the reliability of the company. The SendaRide app includes real-time tracking, allowing a parent to see where the Care Partner is at any given time. The Care Partners also use turn-by-turn navigation to keep drivers safe and on the appropriate route.

SendaRide partners with non-emergency medical transportation to also expand their business out of just the babysitter market. Mattson said if a patient is released from the hospital and cannot drive themselves, SendaRide Care Partners are able to pick them up and take them home.

The app will launch early next year, until then, SendaRide is actively recruiting both Care Partners and future subscribers.

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