Stoughton Area
Community Foundation

Stoughton, WI 53589
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The Stoughton Area Resource Team, Inc. (START) provides a safety net for those in crisis. Recently, a 30-year old single father of two struggled to find work, to pay for daycare for his children and to secure a home; so much time was spent homeless and hopeless.

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Stoughton Affordable Transportation Prog

1525 N VanBuren St.
P.O. Box 784
Stoughton, WI 53589-0784

Phone: 6082797613
Contact Name: Lamarr Gibson
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Grants Info
Stoughton Affordable Transportation Program - 2021 Amount Funded: $3,000.00
The purpose of the Affordable Transportation Program is to provide affordable transportation to important destinations within a 40 mile radius of Stoughton for persons living within the Stoughton School District who have income levels at or near the Federally Mandated Poverty Guidelines. The Affordable Transportation Program attempts to fill the transportation gap that currently exists because there is no affordable public transportation options available for persons needing transportation within Stoughton, to Madison or to nearby towns and cities.
The Stoughton Affordable Transportation Program, through its volunteer coordinator provides rides for eligible clients to destinations in Stoughton or to Madison and nearby communities. Free and low-cost rides are provided for clients by volunteer drivers who utilize their personal vehicles to provide transportation to requested destinations. The volunteer coordinator schedules client rides, recruits volunteer drivers, and manages the operations of the Program. All drivers are screened for criminal background, driving record, proper insurance coverage, and medical status. Volunteer drivers are reimbursed for their mileage to and from the destination of the trip. Valid destinations for client transportation requests include: appointments for court, legal, medical, housing, employment and/or job training, food pantry assistance; and other significant related encounters. All clients must meet ATP eligibility criteria. Individuals are referred to the ATP by Stoughton Senior Center, START, City of Stoughton Food Pantry, United Methodist Church Food Pantry, Stoughton Police Dept., Stoughton Hospital, Dane Co. Dept. of Human Services, and local churches. Beginning in the Fall of 2020, to provide safe transportation during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Stoughton Affordable Transportation program began providing personal protective equipment and sanitation supplies to its drivers and masks for its clients to wear during trips. The ATP service was restricted in accordance with Dane County Health guidelines but in April, 2021 resumed its normal provision of trips for eligible clients. Covid-19 safety measures are practiced for all trips. The Affordable Transportation program anticipates hiring an assistant transportation coordinator who assist the transportation coordinator as needed , attend to research and marketing needs and serve as liaison to community organizations in Stoughton and neighboring communities to explore possibilities for service expansion.