The Rancho Cordova Police Department (RCPD) and Eskaton are proud to announce a new program, Rancho Cordova CARES, that provides daily phone calls to adults over the age of 65 by RCPD volunteers in the City of Rancho Cordova.
Rancho Cordova CARES, which stands for Connect And Ring Every Senior, was created and modeled through Eskaton’s Telephone Reassurance Program. The program is designed to form connections between residents and RCPD volunteers through daily cost-free calls to share life experiences, memories and laughter. Volunteers will also be able to refer residents to Eskaton’s Resource Navigator who can assist them with accessing resources, education and support groups.
RCPD regularly builds relationships with residents and businesses to identify public safety needs and work together to address them. While RCPD has several programs in place to support the Rancho Cordova community, it wanted to further expand its support of residents 65+ years of age.
“We are proud to partner with Eskaton to support the residents of our community, especially during a time when they have been feeling more isolated than ever,” said Rancho Cordova Assistant Chief of Police Matt Warren. “Ensuring Rancho Cordova is a safe community for everyone comes in many forms. Our team will not only build relationships but be able to lend a helping hand if a resident needs it.”
Since 1996, Eskaton’s Telephone Reassurance Program has created a supportive social network for adult community members. Since its launch, Eskaton volunteers throughout Northern California and across the United States have made 1.5 million friendly phone calls to program participants to provide connection and support.
“Our program strives to provide older adults with social connection and emotional reassurance, so partnering with a local police department to reach residents in the Rancho Cordova community made a lot of sense,” said Program Manager Christie Hebditch.
RCPD is the first law enforcement agency to partner with Eskaton to bring the program to a city and hopes to expand to in-person visits when COVID-19 safety protocols permit it.
Rancho Cordova residents can sign up for this free program by:
- Calling 916.334.1072 and selecting option #1
- Submitting an online application at: RanchoCordovaPD.com/RanchoCordovaCARES
- Visiting RCPD: 2897 Kilgore Road, Monday-Friday from 9 AM-5 PM
For more information or questions on the program, call RCPD’s Service Center at 916.875.9600.