Free bus circulator connects folks to resources and services to assist in recovery

The City of Minneapolis and its partners are transitioning from immediate disaster response to focus on longer term recovery efforts. Service providers are scaling back their services at the Disaster Recovery Center at Farview Park and helping folks transition to getting services at existing locations by providing free shuttle service this week thanks to Metro Transit.

The Disaster Recovery Center’s will be open Tuesday from noon-8 p.m., but with significantly scaled-back services available (Farview will have staff on hand beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday to answer questions). However, agencies on-site to assist will be directing folks to the shuttle to get to locations that are now offering direct assistance.

Beginning on Wednesday, Farview Park staff will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. to answer questions and direct people to locations to access services they need. Because many of these services are available at locations throughout the city, a free shuttle bus service is launching to get people to these locations.

The City of Minneapolis, Metro Transit, the Minneapolis Park Board and Hennepin County have worked together to launch the shuttle service, which will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. The Metro Transit buses will circulate between 14 stops in north Minneapolis and downtown, including five parks in north Minneapolis.

As of Sunday, nearly 5,000 people affected by the tornado received help at the Disaster Recovery Center at Farview Park. As service providers move back to their headquarters, residents affected by the tornado can continue to receive assistance through this shuttle bus service.

Service providers on the shuttle bus route include: Hennepin County Century Plaza, Fremont Clinic, Salvation Army, Sharing and Caring Hands, Hennepin County Medical Center, Shiloh Temple, North Point, among others. Services available include: social services, food shelves, clothing, housing, medical and hot meals.

Flyers with the list of stops and service providers are available at five north Minneapolis Parks (Farview, Jordan, Folwell, Willard, North Commons), at the service providers, and by calling 311.

Published May. 30, 2011