Doña Ana County

DASO SHOWS LOVE OF COMMUNITY WITH ‘AMIGOS’ PROGRAM

DASO SHOWS LOVE OF COMMUNITY WITH ‘AMIGOS’ PROGRAM

                The Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Office has launched a new program that ensures qualified seniors in Doña Ana County have a consistent presence during times of need.

            The program is Amigos de DASO, and partners patrol deputies with seniors in the community who are experiencing short-term disabilities or are medically fragile.

            “These are the compromised people in our population who might not have someone close by to check on them to make sure their daily needs are being met,” said Sheriff Kim Stewart. “As the caregiver of an elderly relative for several years, I would have welcomed a consistent and reliable ‘amigo’ for her; someone who would stop by or call on a regular schedule to check in.”

            The new program does not take the place of medical attention or skilled assisted living. According to Stewart, the requirements for participants is that they live in Doña Ana County, be willing and able to accept regular visits or phone calls from a deputy or support personnel, and be at least 60 years old or homebound. The duration of the program is six months, and can be re-evaluated.

            The sheriff’s office has also partnered with area agencies that can provide additional services to program participants if needed.

            Applications for Amigos de DASO can be picked up at the main headquarters, 845 N. Motel Blvd. in Las Cruces, or online at www.goDASO.org.

            For more information, contact Andrea Ferrales-Narvaez, (575) 525-1911 or via email, andrean@donaanacounty.org.

             

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