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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2007 5:39 pm    Post subject: EMERGENCY PHONES FOR STATEN ISLAND SENIORS
From Sun Jan 07, 2007 2:00 am to Fri Jan 12, 2007 1:59 am (included)
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We have collected 500 phones.

This translates into 500 emergency phones available to Staten Island seniors at no cost.

Interested seniors with computer access can download an application at


Seniors without computer access can request an application by calling Where to turn at 718-966-6531.

Where to Turn has teamed 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 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.

Students will receive a 1/2 hour of community service credit for each phone they donate. (minimum of 10 phones)

Phones can be dropped off at 150-L Greaves Lane

Any local business or school that would like assist in collecting donated phones can contact us at info@where-to-turn.org or 718-966-6531.

September Space
11 Broadway, 11th Floor

Is acting as a drop off point in Lower Manhatten

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 $25. 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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