Morgan County Project Lifesaver Fund – 1022
Fund Type: Passthrough Fund
For the work of the Project Lifesaver in Morgan County; Project Lifesaver is an international organization with a primary mission of providing timely response to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer’s
Purpose: Morgan County Project Lifesaver is an organization that provides timely response to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children who wander due to Alzheimer’s, autism, and other related conditions or disorders. The task of searching for wandering or lost individuals with Alzheimer’s, autism, Down syndrome, dementia or other cognitive conditions is a growing and serious responsibility. Without effective procedures and equipment, searches can involve multiple agencies, hundreds of officers, countless hours and thousands of dollars. There is no charge to any of their clients, as many couldn’t afford to be part of this lifesaving program if they were charged.
Currently, there is a total of 30 Clients in Morgan County, 17 which are new 2014 clients. Of these 30 clients, 8 have Alzheimer’s, and the other 22 are children on the autism spectrum, or children suffering from some form of traumatic brian injury.
In 2014, Morgan County Project Lifesaver performed 7 searches for missing people, all searches were successful. The average time to locate a missing person was 30 minutes versus hours, days, or never finding them at all. All clients of this program have been returned home safe and unhurt.
Project Lifesaver would like to do more!
It costs $300 to purchase a bracelet for each new client, and $32.40 a year to maintain this bracelet for the individual. With more funding Morgan County Project Lifesaver could have protect the estimated 170 children in Morgan County on the autism spectrum. It is estimated that out of these 170 children, on average, 85 of them will wander at some point in time. Additionally, there are 757 seniors over the age of 65 in Morgan County with Alzheimer’s. Of these 757 individuals, on average 454 will wander.