Free program aims at making sure Bear Valley seniors are "OK"

Dispatchers make call to check in on seniors daily

BEAR VALLEY SPRINGS, Calif. - Most people would cringe getting a phone call from the police department, but for Bear Valley Springs resident Sherman Thomas, it's a phone call he said he looks forward to every day.

"It's a good feeling, said Thomas. It's a feeling of somebody cares."

Thomas is one of nearly a dozen residents in the community who have signed up on the "Are You OK" program list. The program is designed to check up on elderly or disabled residents’ well-being. Every morning, a dispatcher will call the resident to check in and make sure everything is going well.

"I think they like the personal part of it where somebody is actually calling and checking on them to make sure that they're OK, said Karolyn Hartmann, Dispatch Supervisor for the Bear Valley Police Department. “I think they get a big kick out of that, and that they know that somebody's out there that cares about them."

If a dispatcher can't get a hold of a resident on the list, an officer or a volunteer will go to their house and check up on them, said Hartmann.

"Living in a community where we have these kinds of services, it's a good feeling, it's why we want to be here," said Thomas.

The "Are You OK" program is free to Bear Valley Springs residents. For more information call the Bear Valley Police Dept. at (661) 821-3239.


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