LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - As part of the state’s Family and Protective Services, Lubbock’s Adult Protective Services office works with elderly Texas with low or fixed incomes, as well as disabled individuals to help navigate life.
Their offices keep getting broken into, and it is hitting them hard.
“3 times in the last 6 months, 2 in the last 2 weeks,” said APS caseworker Stephanie Bolton. “We have food items and water and basic things,” she said pointing at the items that were left behind.
APS calls it the Silver Star Pantry. It’s where they keeps emergency items for workers to take to their clients. “They’ve taken things off our shelves.. . deodorant, shampoo, this was all full before,” Bolton said while motioning to empty shelves.
Bolton says the people they serve have a hard time paying their food and utility bills. “We’ve also had some legal associations donate to get our pantry full,” she said of some of the associations that help them out, including during the holidays.
Bolton said when things are taken from them, they’re really taken from the clients. And now they’re developing a plan to make sure it doesn’t happen again. They now want to know who is stealing because they want to help those who are stealing. “We would love to be able to evaluate them and see if we could help them. The other part of that is they’re taking from people who don’t have anything. We’re going into homes where they live below the poverty line.”
She says that if you want to file a report to see if you are eligible for their services, call (800) 252-5400.
Additionally, she says they’re always taking donations and give them a call at (806) 698-5500.