Seniors Program

The Seniors Helping Seniors program was developed and implemented by the Carmel-by-the-Sea Police Department in 1997. The primary purpose of the program is to make daily calls and welfare checks to the many senior citizens in our community who live alone. In addition, this program also provides volunteer opportunities for seniors who enjoy helping other seniors.

The program consists of volunteer senior callers who come to the police department each morning and make phone calls to our list of senior recipients. Getting a daily phone call from someone who truly cares can really brighten the day for a senior who is a shut-in or simply lives alone. If for some reason, the recipient does not answer the phone, the caller will alert an on-duty police officer who will respond to the recipient's residence and check on his or her welfare.

In addition to the telephone calls, there are social events, such as our annual Seniors Christmas Luncheon. Cards and flowers are also provided to the recipients on their birthdays. Funding for the Seniors Helping Seniors program comes entirely from donations by businesses and individuals in our community. If you know of someone who would like to be a recipient or a volunteer, or if you would like to help support the program with a donation, please contact our Seniors Helping Seniors coordinator Lisa Panetta at 624-6403, or you can e-mail her at lpanetta@ci.carmel.ca.us.

Carmel Police Department
SE Corner of Junipero and 4th
P.O. Box 600
Carmel, CA 93921
Phone: (831) 624-6403
Fax: (831) 624-4296