Ailing Beaufort residents get daily phone calls and a sense of security

Beaufort resident Mary Louise Simmons, 62, and her 85-year-old mother, Ruth Simmons, don't leave their house much anymore. Both handicapped, they have a hard time getting around.

But for at least two years now, the two have received a phone call every day from someone who cares about their well-being, someone who just wants to make sure they're OK.

The voice on the other end of the phone belongs to one of the 20 or so volunteers with the Beaufort Police Department's Volunteers Outreach in Community Effort program, known as VOICE. The volunteer group consists of a couple police department employees and several retired community members motivated to give back to others.

Volunteers take turns calling 15 Beaufort residents every day to make sure each of them is safe and well. Chief Matthew Clancy of the Beaufort Police Department said the names on the call list come from the Beaufort Housing Authority, the South Carolina Department of Social Services and by word of mouth

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