DFPS has a "resource room" program that helps Adult Protective Services caseworkers find goods to assist our clients. Resource rooms are set up like a store where caseworkers can "shop" 24-hours a day for basic necessities and emergency resources for vulnerable adults who have been abused or neglected. This includes items like Ensure (dietary supplement), adult diapers, toiletries, and gently used walkers and wheelchairs for adults who are elderly and have a disability.

Resource rooms for vulnerable adults go by different names such as Bridge Rooms, Silver Star Rooms, and Silver Ribbon Rooms. Some receive support from community boards or non-profit corporations such as APS Partners, Inc. that help get donations to keep the rooms stocked.

APS workers Paul Naredo and Lorin Watson of Laredo say their local Bridge Room saves time and money. "A lot of our clients live on only $500 to $550 a month and $10 to $15 in food stamps," says Watson. By giving them supplies like detergent, bath soap, and toilet paper, it frees up their money for things like food and medicine. We also have 24-hour access to items like wheelchairs, walkers, grab bars, bathtub benches, and canes."

To find out how you can help, contact the DFPS Volunteer Services Coordinator nearest you.

For a list of local DFPS offices, visit our DFPS Office web page.