Pictured L to R: Sheriff Deryl Loar; Karen Deigl, CEO of SRA; Sunshine clients; Vinnie Pearl, Paul Roth; Barbara White, Clair-Ann Ali-Lebeck, Dean Risher; Page Woodward 211; Patrice Schroeder 211 PIO.
Free “Sunshine” Daily Telephone Reassurance calls are available for seniors 60 and older, the housebound or disabled.
Vero Beach, FL- Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar had some very special guests on hand to help spotlight 211’s life saving Sunshine Daily Calls for seniors program. 211 Sunshine Clients Vincent Pearl, Paul Roth, Barbara White, Clair-Ann Ali-Lebeck, and Dean Risher got the chance to shake the Sheriff’s hand and also share their stories in hopes that they too can help bring a little more “Sunshine” into the lives of other Indian River County seniors.
“Our office along with 211 HelpLine and the Senior Resource Association have come together to support this fantastic program. Sunshine has made such a positive impact in the wellbeing of our seniors…even to the point of saving lives” said Sheriff Loar.
So far this year, the Sunshine Daily Calls program has found several clients in crisis situations and has saved the lives of 10 participating seniors, including a woman on the Treasure Coast who had recently fallen, but later told rescuers she knew she would be ok because once the sunshine caller couldn't reach her, help would be on the way.
Client Vincent Pearl’s daughter Lynn also commented “It gives me peace of mind knowing somebody is calling my father and making sure that he's up and going about his day and if they can't get in touch with him, then they call me.”
Also attending the event was Karen Deigl, President and CEO of the Senior Resource Association. She 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 have been happy to be a partner with 211 in bringing the Sunshine program to Indian River County because there is a great need for this type of reassurance for homebound elders” stated Karen.
Jon Shainman of WPTV News Channel 5 was also on hand to interview the celebrants and produced the Sunshine piece that aired that evening which can be viewed by clicking here
(After airing 211 has since received calls from over 30 seniors interested in participating in the Sunshine program and 2 new volunteers!)
Caring volunteers and staff from 211 Helpline’s Sunshine program call 500 hundred seniors daily to say “Hi” and check on their wellbeing. Currently, 23 seniors living in Indian River County participate in the program. 211 volunteers and staff want to reach even more, particularly those frail elderly, who are alone and have no one to look in on them.
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 of our major funders: United Way of Indian River County and the Board of County Commissioners for Indian River County.