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 Rash Metropolitan Council Decision Unjust to DARTS

On September 10th DARTS contracts with the Met Council were suddenly cancelled, under a little-used provision called "termination for convenience” after issues were raised in a routine audit. This hasty decision by Met Council staff is an injustice to the 4,300 riders and 196 employees who count on DARTS. This is especially troubling considering DARTS took immediate action to address issues outlined in the audit. The Met Council staff disregarded these corrections. Instead, they cancelled our contract, denied our request for a three-month probation period as an alternative and effectively voided our opportunity for an audit response.  

Our goal is to raise awareness among the Met Council members about the rash actions of Met Council staff relative to the cancellation of contracts. For more information and examples of how you can help, click on the links below.  

The Met Council staff’s rash action will not improve paratransit services in Dakota County. It will disrupt the lives of the riders and employees who rely on DARTS. We remain committed to our services that foster independence and fulfillment in the aging journey.

DARTS Press Release     Letters of Support     DARTS Protest Documents          

                DARTS Side of the Story        How You Can Help 

 

DARTS Learning Buddies on KARE 11

The Learning Buddies Program and one of our amazing volunteers, Mary Towey, was highlighted on KARE 11 during Kim Insley’s, “What’s Cool in School?”.  Mary volunteers at Lincoln Center Elementary in South St. Paul. Take a look!  

KARE 11 October 2 Broadcast

 

Get your FREE DARTS Eldercare Resource Guide

Dakota County Eldercare Resources has the most commonly requested services for older adults. This guide contains a wealth of information with names and numbers of services for seniors and people with health issues or who are caring for a loved one.

Call 651-455-1560 to receive your free copy through the mail or, better yet, simply provide your email address for a downloadable version.

 

Fall Caregiver Wellness Program

A six-week program designed to help caregivers learn techniques for stress reduction and general well-being.

WHEN: Wednesdays (Oct. 1 - Nov. 5) 1-3pm

WHERE: Prince of Peace Lutheran Church - 13901 Fairview Drive, Burnsville

CLICK FOR MORE INFORMATON AND TO REGISTER

 

Scoring as a Volunteer

Amy Larson believes in “giving back” to the community. Whether it’s organizing 150 youth hockey players for a volunteer activity – or rallying her own family to assist a woman who lives alone, she tackles each task with a strong sense of pride and commitment. “I just think it’s important to be a part of the community and do what you can to improve it,” says Amy, who works as a client representative at Blue Cross-Blue Shield. “We get caught up in our own lives and don’t consider what we can do for someone else. Two hours of my time might mean a great deal to another individual.” Read more »