Rideshare Transportation Project

Open Your Heart Rideshare Transportation Project

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The lack of adequate transportation options causes and perpetuates homelessness -especially in rural and small town communities. Without reliable transportation, homeless individuals and families cannot access the kinds of employment, crisis services, and social connections necessary to improve their lives and enhance self-reliance.

Public transit options are especially limited in important regional centers in Minnesota such as Mankato, Moorhead, Rochester, and St. Cloud. While each city has municipal bus services, operating hours and range are inadequate to consistently meet employment, educational, and crisis needs of those without cars, hindering their ability to maintain self-sufficiency.

In response, Open Your Heart has developed a rideshare demonstration project to research how rideshare options like Lyft and Uber might address the unique needs of shelter providers and their clients. We believe that these transit options, which have only recently made their way to Greater Minnesota, can be used to improve access to employment, increase care and support for the very poor and vulnerable, enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the organizations that serve them, and benefit communities at large.

Do you already have experience with Lyft or Uber at your organization? We’d love to ask you a few questions! Please email Jesse Mathias at [email protected]

Jessica Mathias, Executive Director

Our Partners:

Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless partners with local businesses and foundations as we increase access to care and support for the very poor and vulnerable in Greater Minnesota communities through our RideShare Demonstration Project. Below is a list of partners who are helping Open Your Heart remove transportation barriers in order to improve the lives and enhance the self-reliance of the homeless in Greater Minnesota.

Antioch Foundation

Sexton Family Foundation

The Janice Gardner Foundation

Initiative Foundation

Mankato Clinic Foundation

The Joseph Durda Foundation

Elmer L. & Eleanor J. Andersen Foundation

In the News:

RideShare program gives Women’s Shelter a Lyft

Giving a Lyft: Ride-hailing services fill gaps at shelters as people come back from crisis

Mankato nonprofits receive Uber, Lyft ride funding


Basic usage instructions from the providers: Lyft and Uber

See Coverage Areas: www.lyft.com/cities and www.uber.com/cities/