We finally had the meeting about the Take Me Home program with incoming Sheriff Bill Waybourn this morning and it couldn’t have gone better. We weren’t asking him for a commitment because he doesn't take office until January. However, just as Darla Peznell said he would be, he is very much in support of implementing the Take Me Home program (free program allowing first responders to quickly identify a person who is unable to give name/address). The County’s IT Director will need to approve the project, too. But I do believe that the TMH program will be implemented for all of Tarrant County. Bill wanted to be sure that it would include MHMR people and we assured him that yes…any caregiver with a concern about the person they care for can enroll the person into the program, and it could/would definitely include mentally-challenged people. We talked about veterans as well. Ish said veterans can certainly be included. I said, “But veterans could give their name/address.” Bill told a story about a friend of his who could not. Veterans can certainly be enrolled.
The three of us had great conversation for an hour, but Bill and I got there a little bit early and before Ish arrived, Bill and I were just shooting the breeze and I said something like, “One of our Ambassadors Leaders, Darla Peznell, thinks you’re pretty wonderful.” His face lit up and said, “Oh, Darla! She is something else, isn’t she! I’m not surprised that she would be involved with something like this and you’re lucky to have her working with you.” We sure are. And then we went on to discuss Bill's seven adopted children (4 from Russia, 3 from U.S., ranging in age from 29 to 2 years). Wow.
Elva Roy is the Founder of the all-volunteer group "Ambassadors For Aging Well" which meets in Arlington, Texas.