Senior issues

The Goodyear Police Department is bringing back “Chat and Chew” with the You are Not Alone program from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the Goodyear Recreation Center, 420 S. Estrella Parkway, Goodyear.

The program helps seniors who live alone and lack the support of a family to help them deal with daily life. At the event, speakers will discuss important senior issues, as well as offer regular phone calls, visits and resources.

“For me, I enjoy emceeing the event a lot, being able to reach out to the senior community and provide important resources,” said Lisa Berry, Goodyear Police Department’s public information officer.

“We enjoy the interaction with the community, and this is only a small part of our community policing. We’re able to provide important information and protect them from identity theft, and provide them with things like food boxes, and our lock box program. It’s things like that that bring awareness to these individuals.”

The major draw of Chat and Chew is the food. There will be light snacks and coffee served. 

“This is our second event of the season.” Berry continued. 

“We had one in March and it was so popular we’re putting out a second round. Seniors will see speakers from the Goodyear Fire Department on our lockbox program, as well as someone speaking on our AARP program. We have information on the Lending Closet, which supplies medical equipment such as wheelchairs, crutches and scooters to the community. There will also be opportunities to donate to the Lending Closet. There will be shared information on the all-faith food bank. Attendees don’t have to be seniors, but the focus is definitely on senior issues.”

Chat and Chew is free to attend and open to the public. 

“The event is really important to us. Community policing is a high priority,” Berry said. “This is just one more way for us to reach out. We really want to make clear that we value our community and want to meet the needs of all the populations that we serve.”

RSVPs for the event by Sept. 10. Visit goodyearaz.gov/police or call Rose Beals at 623-696-8545

If You Go...

WHAT: Chat and Chew

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20

WHERE: Goodyear Recreation Center, 420 S. Estrella Parkway, Goodyear

COST: Free

INFO: 623-696-8545, goodyearaz.gov/police