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Identity Theft/Fraud Alert
Recently the Detective Division has received multiple phone complaints from citizens
in reference to phone calls they have received from persons claiming to be collection
agency representatives. The “collections agent” claims to be representing a utility
company in another state where the citizen’s account is past due. The “collections
agent” will then ask the citizen to provide their social security number and birthday
over the phone and give out a fraud department phone number for that company. Do NOT
ever provide this information over the phone to persons whom you have not contacted
previously or do not know. If you have received a call like this, call the respective
company (if it exists) directly to verify a legitimate account in your name. If a
legitimate account does exists in your name and you think you have been a victim of
identity theft contact the local law enforcement agency in your jurisdiction and
file a report.
Congratulations to Rosewood Magnet’s D.A.R.E. 2013 essay winners.
(from left to right ):
Faith Wiley (Mrs. Creech’s class), Parker Nicely (Mrs. Stadnick’s class),
Hayla Gainey (Mrs. Falana’s class), and Victoria Pearsaul (Mrs. Carroll’s class)
211 Helpline hoping to spread a little extra “Sunshine” to Indian River County Seniors
Free “Sunshine” Daily Telephone Reassurance calls now available for seniors 60 and older
June 2013- Caring volunteers and staff from 211 Helpline’s Sunshine program call several hundred seniors daily to say “Hi” and check on their wellbeing. This program has been in existence for well over 25 years.
“Getting my morning phone call is like warm sunshine…my whole day is much better!” says Sunshine client Carin D. She also states that her outlook on life has become more positive because of this program.
Karen Deigl, President and CEO of the Senior Resource Association also feels that 211’s Sunshine program will help identify isolated and vulnerable seniors who are at risk. Through her agency these seniors will be given short term case management to help them resolve their issues which will then allow them to continue to live safely and independently in their own homes.
“We are excited to partner with 211 to bring the Helpline’s Sunshine program to Indian River County because there is a great need for this type of reassurance for homebound elders” stated Karen.
Since December of 2012 three participating seniors have even had their lives saved by this simple phone call. Norman S. was one of these.
“Norman…Are you OK?” “Norman…Are you OK?” Rosalie DeLibero a staff member who was making the afternoon Sunshine calls asked with escalating concern. She noted that his speech was slurred, not his usual clear diction.
211 Sunshine staff were quick to respond as they felt something was seriously wrong with Norman. They continued to stay on the line while coordinating with the area fire and rescue. Within minutes the 211 personal heard the emergency responders enter Norman’s home to begin life-saving efforts. It was determined that Norm was having a stroke.
“I would not be here if it weren’t for my Sunshine call. They did a great job and covered all the bases!” said Norman-who has since done wonderfully in his rehab facility and has a much brighter outlook.
211’s Sunshine Daily Telephone Reassurance program is free and available to seniors 60 and over, the housebound or disabled. If you or someone you know would like a free daily phone call, or for more information, simply dial 2-1-1. You can also visit www.211treasurecost.org to learn more.
Nonprofit 211 Helpline’s mission is to connect people to services 24 hours a day by understanding their individual emotional, financial and community needs and to support the health & human service system as a whole.
Special thank you for the support from our major funders: United Way of Indian River County, the Board of County Commissioners of Indian River County and the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.
To participate in 211’s Sunshine Daily Telephone Reasurrance Program Click Here