Residents Needed For Police's New Path Program

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There are plenty of volunteers who have stepped forward to pick up the phones and launch the Payson Police Department's new PATH program.

The only problem is: there aren't enough people to call yet.

This summer, the police department kicked off PATH: Police Access to Homebound. Conducted by volunteers, the PATH program simply has volunteers calling homebound or elderly residents on a daily basis to make sure they're alive and well.

"It's more of a 'personal touch' kind of thing," Payson Police Chief Gordon Gartner said, when the program kicked off. "We want to make sure our residents are OK and that there are no health needs."

"Anyone can sign up for this," Della Bradley, support services manager, said. "If you live alone, young or old, and are homebound maybe they just got out of the hospital from surgery those are the people we're hoping will sign up for this program."

Residents can sign up for PATH for the long haul, or on a temporary basis.

In order for the program to work, police need interested residents to talk with a volunteer. The volunteer will interview each of the residents, determine what their needs or concerns are, and enroll them in the program.

Then, each day between 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Monday through Friday, residents will receive a phone call from a volunteer. If the phone isn't answered after several attempts, the appropriate agency will be contacted.

To learn more about PATH, call 474-5242, ext. 209 or 220.

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