Beginning with transportation services
In 1974, a group of seniors wanted to take classes at Inver Hills Community College, but transportation was a barrier for them. Soon, one old bus, two retired airport limousines, and a van became a solution called DARTS.
Growing to household chores and caregiving support
In 1993, Dakota County asked DARTS to coordinate service for lower income older adults who needed help keeping their houses clean, their yards tidy, and their cupboards stocked. Other organizations began to ask DARTS to provide services to caregivers and to help coordinate support.
Expanding to Learning Buddies
In 1997, DARTS designed an intergenerational program connecting older adults as "Learning Buddies" to elementary school children to help develop their skills in math, reading and science.