Project Lifesaver Program Receives Grant Funding
The Friends of the Sioux City Police Department Board is pleased to announce they are one of twenty-four programs to receive grant funding from the Rabiner Treatment Center (RTC) Dissolutions Funds. The Rabiner Treatment Center Grants were geared specifically for programs that benefit children under the age of 18 years old. Programs that enhance the quality of life for youth, as well as provide long term solutions for challenges facing children, were eligible to apply for a grant.
The Sioux City Police Department extends their sincere appreciation to the Iowa State Police Association Board Members of the Rabiner Treatment Center for this grant of $4500 that can potentially save the lives of 10 additional children, who will be added to the Project Lifesaver program. The Rabiner Treatment Center Funds awarded a total of $214,000 in grant money to organizations to help “youth in need” and the Sioux City Police Department commends them for their generosity and the services they have provided for youth since 1961.
The grant awarded for $4500 to the Sioux City Police Department, will allow them to add 10 additional children to the Project Lifesaver program, which provides a tracking system to locate individuals who have the tendency to wander, "elope" or bolt. Most of the children served by Project Lifesaver have Autism, Down syndrome, or another intellectual disability that hinders their sense of danger. Some of the individuals served are not verbal so they are unable to tell a person what their name is or where they live, if they are found. The Sioux City Police Department currently has 61 individuals enrolled in the program in Sioux City and Woodbury County. The Project Lifesaver transmitter is placed on the person's ankle and emits a radio signal every second, it helps to locate these individuals before they fall victim to the elements, accidents, or predators. Project Lifesaver also helps give much needed peace of mind to parents and caregivers.