Travelers Aid supplies a helping hand to travelers in distress at major airports and other transportation centers
November 22, 2009 - I am embarrassed to say that although I have heard of Travelers Aid, I knew very little about them until I just read this article in The Washington Post. This article is about the Travelers Aid organization at Washington Dulles International Airport, but I would assume it is relevant to the many other outposts of this organization. According to the Travelers Aid International home page, the organization's mission is: "To advance and support a network of human service provider organizations committed to assisting individuals and families who are in transition, or crisis, and are disconnected from their support systems." From the Washington Post article, it sounds as if they also answer many routine questions for travelers; however they also can provide support if one finds themselves stranded or otherwise imperiled with a personal or family emergency, or travel related financial crisis.
You can learn more about this organization at the Travelers Aid International home page. Check out the "Information on the Travelers Aid Airport Network" link on the home page for useful information about specific airports such as the cost of a cab to or from the airport, as well as a link to the airport's home page and other information. The home page also has links to a list of some useful travel tips, links to other charitable organizations dedicated to helping people, a directory of Travelers Aid programs, and information on how to volunteer or donate to the Travelers Aid organization. Hopefully you won't need their services, but it is nice to know that an organization like this is always there, just in case.