This past Friday we spent a wonderful evening bowling with our amazing, dedicated volunteers at our annual staff vs. volunteers bowling extravaganza!   As in years past, the volunteers beat us soundly.  Maybe next year…Kathy, Theresa and Ellen

 Here is a link to more pictures from the evening:

2014 Bowling Extravaganza


Square G3- Take a stroller with children (or dolls)

Taking a stroller on the bus can be an additional challenge. You will need to collapse your stroller to make room for a wheelchair, before you even get on the bus. This is easier if you have a child old enough to sit on their own while you collapse the stroller, but it’s much tougher if you have an infant and no one else to help you. Or, if your bus arrives and is too full of other strollers, carts, or wheelchairs, you may have to wait for the next bus. Having a stroller also means navigating through snow or mud to get to bus stops, and using particular entrances on light rail trains.

We’re going a little out of order today in our Solidarity BINGO adventure.  This is due to the announcement of RTD’s new policy regarding space for wheelchairs and strollers.  The policy went into effect last week, and you can read it here: 


There has already been some pushback from riders who bring strollers aboard buses.  The Denver Post ran this article yesterday: http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_25440576/rtd:-strollers-large-items-must-be-folded-to-make-room-for-disabled, and also this editorial:  http://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_25443527/rtd-gets-strict-on-strollers

Previously, bus riders did not have to collapse their strollers unless the space conflicted with a wheelchair.  Now, there is an announcement that plays on each bus’s outside speaker, every few stops, reminding passengers to collapse their strollers prior to boarding. 

Alumni and solidarity riders- have you experienced trouble with this new policy?  What have your experiences been?  We hope you’ll share your thoughts!   

Ed’s Top Eight-

The Top Eight Things We Need Each Month at the Shelter

The support of the community is invaluable to us! Because we are often asked what we need, here is our current wish list. Please call us (303) 866-7641 if you would like to donate any of these items and we would be happy to arrange a time to meet you!

April 2014

1. sheets for single beds and pillows

2. Durable fax machine

3. Diaper Wipes

4. Laundry detergent

5. Small dressers for the rooms at the shelter

6. Small trash cans

7. Sunscreen – for adults and for babies

8. Special – temporary - volunteer opportunity for respite child care for a new mom!


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Square B4: Go someplace new today! 

Maybe you did this when you attended the fish fry or something similar.  This is always an adventure if you don’t know what exactly you are looking for as a location, or if you’re not familiar with the area of town you are visiting.  Leaving this place will be another adventure- trying to find where your return bus picks up. 

 Here is a link to some bus games  in case you bring the kids on this adventure:   Games on the Bus


New Picture (5)Square B3 Take the kids to school or day care on the bus

Many parents struggle to get their kids out the door on time to meet the school bus each morning.  Today, you need to be ready too, and you likely need to catch the bus again after you walk the kids to their classroom.  What time does school start, what time do the buses run, and what time do you need to be at work?  

Here is an interesting article about the experiences of some older students who rely on public transportation to get to school: http://www.9news.com/story/local/2013/05/16/1860972/


More information about #Solidarity BINGO

Print out your #SolidarityBINGO Card 

Share your experiences on our Facebook page!

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Take the bus to and from work today.  For a  real adventure, pick a day when you have an early-morning meeting.  But no matter what your schedule looks like, timing your day around the bus schedule is often one of the biggest challenges people new to public transit face.  Knowing you must leave work at a particular time, or else not for thirty more minutes, is stressful- especially when buses then run late!

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