By Leah Sander
WARSAW — Leilanni Deveraux hopes to fill a gap in the ride-share industry with her business Ride Rescue.
“It’s like Uber and Lyft … and we go into the small cities and towns that Uber and Lyft don’t want to go into,” she said.
The Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce had a ribbon-cutting for the company on Tuesday, Aug. 3.
Ride Rescue is set to launch on Aug. 15. Users will use an app that will come out on that date to schedule rides and pay.
The initial cost is $5 for the first 4 miles, then $1.25 per mile after that. Adding a person with the same destination is an additional boarding fee of $2.50.
The business is launching in Warsaw, Columbia City and Kendallville and uses a 30-mile service area.
Deveraux especially hopes to help people with rides to work.
“Another thing we will be implementing is that … we’re trying to help and encourage employers who are struggling to fill their open positions and get reliable employees,” she said. “We will be offering transportation for groups of people to and from work.”
She added that Ride Rescue wants to do a survey to determine what companies would be interested.
“Just because you don’t have a car doesn’t mean that you don’t deserve the opportunity to have a good-paying job,” she said.
She wants to serve people regardless of what activity they need transport for.
“I hope it will give them some relief actually from feeling like they can’t do what they want to do or take care of their families or go have fun … I don’t want people to feel left out.”
Deveraux is also seeking drivers. To fill out applications to be drivers, people should go to riderescueme.com.
For more details, call (260) 475-0078 or email [email protected].