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of the DASH and its focus on long term supports, and the long-established referral patterns of contacts with existing EAA clients.

Responsiveness to Community Needs

DASH and the Bangor Coalition provided a forum for identification of community needs and discussion of ways to improve community capacity. During the grant period, specific needs were the subject of DASH/Bangor Coalition efforts to increase capacity, including the concerted efforts directed at transportation and housing.

Transportation

In response to the volume of calls regarding transportation, DASH and Bangor Coalition members studied transportation and gathered information for planning and development of improvements. Members of the DASH and Bangor Coalition participated in a "bus ride" to improve first hand knowledge of how the Bangor Area Transportation (BAT) system works, with an eye toward how to better assist those inquiring about transportation. From this ride, the BAT system received feedback from the DASH on ways it could improve services for elders and people with a disability. DASH staff also looked at Faith in Action for possible replication of their volunteer driver program.

DASH information gathering and research included work with the Eastern Maine Transportation Collaborative and a focus group with transportation and "destination providers." In addition, the DASH Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) Mapping committee uncovered transportation resources that were previously unknown and that were subsequently added to the transportation inventory.

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