Panama City, FL –
BAY COUNTY, Florida (WMBB) – The Bay County Sheriff’s Office is working to change lives with their new care coordinator positions. Each care coordinator specializes in a specific area ranging from mental health specialists to addiction specialists. The goal of care coordinators is to connect citizens to the resources they need to survive and thrive.
Rick Everitt is a BCSO Care Coordinator, serving the elderly in the community in a variety of ways, from providing therapy to his clients or other resources. Currently, Everitt is working to serve five clients in the region.
Danny Allman, one of the clients, thanks Everitt for saving his life.
“If I hadn’t met Rick, I probably wouldn’t have made it,” Allman said.
Like many in the community, Allman saw his entire life destroyed by Hurricane Michael, and the money he received from FEMA was not enough to rebuild. Allman has lived in squalid conditions ever since. His campervan trailer he lived in had no roof for 18 months, causing mold to grow from the rainwater.
Officers performed a welfare check on Allman several weeks ago when his poor living conditions made him want to end his life, but thanks to Evertit’s intervention, that all changed.
“We were able to prove to him in 20 hours that when we said we were going to dry his RV, we delivered,” Everitt said.
MPs placed a metal roof over the camper van so Allman could lead a better life, but the work didn’t stop there, and Everitt is still working to help ensure affordable living space for Allman.
Allman was an artist before the hurricane and now he says he found inspiration to return to painting, claiming he now has a positive outlook on life and encourages others to do the same.
“Don’t give up and keep moving forward and you will get there,” Allman said.
Everitt also said he is working to serve people with dementia in the community with more resources as this is a growing issue in our area that officers, as well as family members, need to address. face.
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