Butler County Times Gazette
  • Ladies in Project Good Morning join officers for lunch

  • For El Dorado residents Bonnie Fuller, Lorene Willhite and Nova Mikel, without Project Good Morning they may not be able to remain in their own homes.
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  • For El Dorado residents Bonnie Fuller, Lorene Willhite and Nova Mikel, without Project Good Morning they may not be able to remain in their own homes.
    Project Good Morning is a service provided by the El Dorado Police Department, where senior citizens call in daily to let officers know they are OK. If they do not call, an officer goes out to check on them.
    Those three ladies were invited to the El Dorado Police Department for a lunch last week.
    “I like it,” Fuller, who is 79, said of the program. “If it wasn’t this, my kids would have me moved in with them.”
    She has been taking advantage of the program for about six years.
    Willhite, 88, also has concerned children. She said her three sons thought she needed a device to call for help if she fell, but she didn’t want that.
    “I heard of a lady with this,” she said. “After I had a quadruple bypass I didn’t know if I could live alone.”
    The program gives her the security of staying in her own home.
    “I really appreciate the program,” she said.
    Mikel, who is 79, has been part of the program for about two years and got started because of another participant.
    “I’m always teasing them,” she said of those who answer their calls.
    She also checks on three other people every morning and almost every night.
    In addition, the police department sends them Christmas gifts and decided to hold a lunch this year.
    “They’re kind of like extended family,” said Police Chief Tom Boren.
    The police department has been doing this for 15 to 20 years and have had up to eight or nine participants at one time.
    In order to participate, a person must live alone or with another person if that other person is unable to render assistance in an emergency; not be in regular contact with another person; live within the city limits; call the police department every day between 8 and 10 a.m.; notify the department if you will be away; and provide the police with a key to the residence to be used only in an apparent emergency situation to gain access.
    There is an application people can fill out to join the program. For more information, call the police department at 321-9120.
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