Transporting Stark County Back to Work
SARTA currently provides over 2.6 million rides ever year to work, school medical appointments and for a variety of critical needs. Despite these efforts, a great transportation need still remains here in Stark County. Through discussion in the community with riders, citizens and local non-profits we realize that SARTA must do more to reach out to those who are still suffering the effects from devastatingly high joblessness rates.
Despite some turnaround in the economy, Stark County is still facing an over 8% unemployment rate, just slightly above the national average. Many of these individuals face barriers to work, but the one that is most often repeated is transportation. Due to low-income and job loss these individuals cannot afford transportation to seek employment or reach new employment.
SARTA has partnered with 8 agencies across Stark County whose mission it is to ensure that Stark County citizens find employment and receive the training and skill set they need in order to achieve that goal. These partner agencies include:
The Employment Source
(Amy Miller - 330-433-9675)
(Tara Brady - 330-454-9461 x 1039)
Stark County Jobs and Family Services
(Customer Service - 330-451-8861
or email Stark_CSC@odjfs.state.oh.us)
Trillium Family Solutions
(Robin Seemann - 330-454-7006 x 318)
The Urban League of Greater Stark County
(Monique Cox-Moore - 330-456-3479 x 125 or
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
(Julie Trifiletti - Julie.Trifiletti@va.gov)
Stark Social Workers Network
(Twila Butler - 330-455-2260 or
Men's Challenge of Alliance
(Paul Dykshoorn - 330-821-6367 or
Through these agencies SARTA will offer participants of these programs up to 90 days in free bus passes. These bus passes will be distributed monthly by agency providers to participants who are actively seeking employment or who have just recently retained employment within the last 60 days. All agencies will be required to utilize the Goodwill database system that tracks every user and their status of services received.