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Belton 'R U OK' Program Checks On Elderly and Disabled

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(KCEN) – It’s a simple phone call, it can save a life… and the best part, it’s FREE. The program is called “R U OK?” and its purpose is to make welfare calls to the elderly and disabled in the Belton community.

The program started about a year ago when Belton officers found an elderly woman in need during the winter. Since kicking off, about 30 people have been signed up to receive phone calls each Wednesday making sure they’re okay. And for some, it may be the only phone call they get during the week.

 “We find more times than not that they enjoy talking and they want that time with us,” volunteer coordinator Cheryl Groty said.

Groty was recently brought in as a part time worker for the program through a grant from the Bell County Area Agency on Aging. Her goal is to hopefully expand the program to more seniors in the community, and possible work toward more phone calls than just once a week.

“We want to make it grow,” she said. “I know there are many more in the community of Belton that need to be reached. We’ve already been asked if we will expand into Bell County, and outside the city limits, but right now we’re focusing on Belton and showing them what we can do.”

Groty says volunteers will go down the list of people signed up and chat with them, making sure they’re okay and they’re taken care of. If the person doesn’t answer after a few tries a family member or friend is contacted. If they have not heard from the person, then Belton Police will dispatch an officer to go to their home to check on them.

“It definitely gives family members a peace of mind because they cannot always be there for them,” she said.

The service is completely free and available to all seniors and people who are disabled – even if they’re still very active and not homebound. Signing up is easy. You can fill out an online application by (clicking here), or pick up a form from the Belton Police Station. If you or the person cannot go to the station, you can call and they will have an officer drive to the home to fill out the paperwork.

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