Next Steps Summer Program – Toledo Blade

This article was published in the Toledo Blade on December 29, 2018

Blade Staff Writer

“What does professionalism mean?”

The small group of teenagers paused to consider the question and threw out suggestions, writing their ideas on a large classroom whiteboard.

Proposed TARTA Cuts

Lucas County administrators announced that a task force will be created to dive deeper into cuts made by Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority.

Stay connected to our page for updates on TARTA's service cuts.

Proposed Service Changes:
Discontinuation of Sunday service;
Discontinuation of holiday service;
Modification to Fixed Route services:

Discontinuation of 6 King Road/City of Sylvania;
Schedule adjustments to 39 Franklin Park Mall/City of Sylvania/39M Monroe/Centennial-Sylvania – 4:15 PM outbound and 5:00 PM inbound trips discontinuation;

Schedule adjustments to 29X Waterville Express— 5:15 PM outbound trip discontinuation;
Introduction of experimental 47 Maumee-Arrowhead/Work Express, to replace 43 Maumee-Arrowhead/Western via UTMC name, routing, and schedule adjustments;

Weekdays—discontinuation of 6:00 AM and 10:30 PM lineups;
Saturday—discontinuation of 7:30 AM and 7:30 PM lineups;
Sunday—discontinuation of services

Modification of Muddy Shuttle and Walleye Shuttle services

Former Toledo Mayor Visits Office

Former Toledo Mayor and State Representative Elect, Paula Hicks-Hudson, met with our advocacy staff to discuss the state budget. Ohio’s new budget is slated to be approved by the end of summer 2019.

Katie Hunt Thomas and Katie Shelley shared the importance of Medicaid and public transportation for the citizens of Ohio.

Lucas County 911 Text To Call

Lucas County residents now have the ability to text 911 in case of emergencies. Lucas County leaders announced the roll out of the service on conference at the Emergency Services Building.

Not only will this service improve communications for the disability community but also a necessary alternative for domestic violence and other violent situations.

Ability Center Donor Appreciation Dinner

We can't say "Thank You" enough!

The Ability Center was pleased to welcome our most loyal donors to an event to celebrate our program successes and recognize charitable giving. Guests mingled at the dinner hosted at Belmont Country Club that included a presentation detailing impactful outcomes of the past year and a look at what’s to come.

Home Again Ability Center’s Community Living Program: Mature Living News

| Mature Living News

The Community Living Program at The Ability Center, (ACT) has helped 815 people achieve independent living since the program was established in 2000.

Barriers to transition
Community Living Program Coordinator Cathy Quinones explains that one of the most common barriers that prevent individuals from being discharged from a nursing home facility is “losing their housing.