2013-03-14 / News

Crimestoppers program starts at care center

By Mark Anderson, News Editor

Kicking off the Senior Crimestoppers program Dan Donohue, Terry Rooker of Senior Crimestoppers at Lakewood Care Center on Feb. 25 were from left, and First International representatives Denise Larson, First International Bank representatives Alisha Winter, Jenny Bogden, Amy Winter and Marv Rothstein. (Staples Bridget Gerard, Jeff Cichos, Chelsea Marcyes and World photo by Mark Anderson) Chuck Horsager, Lakewood Senior Services Director First International Bank & Trust has entered into a partnership with Lakewood Care Center in Staples to bring the Senior Crimestoppers program to the care facility.

On Feb. 25, Terry Rooker of the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation from met with representatives of the bank and the care center to kick off the partnership.

Rooker said First International made a $333,000 investment in the foundation to get the program to come to the Lakewood Care Center. He said the program consists of personal lockboxes for residents, cash rewards for information of wrongdoing and on-going education and training for staff members and residents. The program includes a toll-free number to call with information on senior related crime. Senior Crimestoppers states that they have reduced crime by 92 percent in participating facilities.

As a bonus, Rooker said seniors will recieve the historical program “Time of Your Life,” and a “Wish Comes True” program that includes a cash contribution back to the facility for projects that contribute to residents lifestyle.

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