Through its ongoing collaborative work, SEPTA continues its role of moving people not only to their destinations but to action by bringing partners and solutions together in our community.
In the 18 months since its creation, SEPTA’s SCOPE team has worked relentlessly to nurture and build a network of partners. Together, our goal is to help the authority mitigate the challenges of the vulnerable population on the system and address the issues surrounding safety, cleanliness, crime and outreach.
Currently, SCOPE has contracts with the following outreach firms: Eagle Staffing, Merakey Parkside Recovery and One Day at a Time (ODAAT). These outreach firms work to guide vulnerable populations off the SEPTA system by engaging, building trust and assessing needs. Further, outreach firms help connect and refer vulnerable populations to different supportive services including mental/behavioral health, emergency shelters and social services across the city.
SEPTA has also acquired three security contracts from Extrity, Philadelphia Protection Unit and Scotlandyard Security to establish a presence throughout the system. In addition to these contracts, SEPTA has formed critical partnerships to leverage existing community services with academic institutions and organizations, including Cabrini University, Drexel University, Northeast Treatment Centers and victim services centers in Delaware and Philadelphia counties. These partnerships are strategically placed at key locations throughout the system to augment our outreach efforts and help address issues related to the vulnerable community.
Every day, our SCOPE teams work together with SEPTA’s Transit Police to ensure a safe working environment for all SEPTA employees. With the help of our partners, our goal is to provide a clean and safe transportation system to riders and connect vulnerable individuals to social services so they can reintegrate into society and improve their quality of life.
Building these partnerships takes tremendous effort but we are committed to leveraging every resource available and collaborating with diverse experts whose work complements our SCOPE strategy.Ken Divers, Director of Outreach Services