Joined: Mar 17, 2005
Location: Staten Island
|Posted: Sat Apr 15, 2006 9:26 am Post subject: WHERE TO TURN TEAMS WITH PHONES FOR LIFE
|In an attempt to expand our services on Staten Island, beginning May 1, 2006 Where to Turn will be teaming with Phones for Life to distribute Emergency Cell Phones to all seniors in need.
Phones for Life collects used cell phones and trades them for user friendly emergency phones for seniors (see below for details)
Where to Turn, 1110 South Ave, will act as the central drop of point for donated cell phones We will also be working with our local schools and businesses to arrange for collections of phones. These phones will be delivered to Phones for Life and we will assist them in distributing emergency phones to our senior population on Staten Island.
Interested seniors with computer access can download an application at
Seniors without computer access can request an application by calling Where to turn at 347-273-1371.
Any local business or school that would like assist in collecting donated phones can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 347-273-1371.
About Phones for Life
Phones for Life, Inc. is the leading, nation-wide non-profit organization seeking to improve the lives of senior citizens, victims of domestic violence and adults with serious disabilities through cell phone technology. Founded in 1999 by Dr. Dee L'Archeveque, an emergency/critical care physician, Phones for Life is the only non-profit organization distributing free cell phones with minutes. Phones for Life relies on cell phone donations by individuals, corporations and schools nationwide. To start a phone drive in your community or receive an application for a free phone with minutes, please visit our Web site at www.phones4life.org.
Phones for Life Programs and Services
Phones with Minutes
Phones with Minutes come loaded with 100 free, pre-paid minutes. These minutes are provided for Phones for Life recipients to utilize for emergencies or urgent situations only. However, each phone will make and receive calls like a regular cell phone. Once the 100 free minutes are used (whether for outgoing or incoming calls), the Phones for Life phone automatically reverts to a "9-1-1" only phone. Recipients have the option of loading more minutes for an additional charge simply by calling our call center at (818) 236-2704. A unit of 100 pre-paid minutes currently costs $20. Phones for Life recipients will never be solicited to add additional minutes and the pre-paid minutes provider does not have access to any personal information regarding Phones for Life recipients.
In Case of Emergency ("ICE")
Phones with Minutes are programmed with In Case of Emergency "ICE" numbers. ICE numbers are a powerful tool that allow emergency responders to reach out to the specific doctors, relatives or care providers who know a Phones for Life user the best. In the event that someone carrying a Phones for Life with ICE numbers experiences a medical emergency, and if a Phones for Life user is non-responsive or impaired, the emergency responder can locate and dial ICE contacts who are simply designated as ICE-1, ICE-2 without need to know their name, phone number or relationship. These ICE contacts are often critical in access medical history or treatment details or to simply advise the responsible relative or caretaker that their loved one has been hurt. ICE programming is a related service of Phones for Life with Minutes.
Phones for Life "9-1-1 Only" Emergency Cell Phones
These phones come pre-programmed to dial 9-1-1 at the touch of a button in the event of an emergency. These phones provide free access to emergency "9-1-1" service without membership in any commercial phone service or program. All Phones for Life are simple models with larger - easier to read and push - buttons. Phones for Life are quality controlled checked to confirm they are operable and can be charged upon distribution. Phones for Life instructions are currently available in English, Spanish, and French. Other languages may be provided as regional needs are determined.
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