February 5, 2016 Provo, Ut. Officers from the Provo, Ut. Police Department and members of the Food and Care Coalition worked together to assist a 50 year old homeless woman get shelter and are reuniting her with family.A 50 year old woman who has some mental health issues had left her family and moved to Provo, Ut. Since that time her family had lost track of her. The woman had been living on the street under makeshift shelter.
Police and citizens have been concerned about her safety and welfare for quite some time. Although they have approached her several times to lend her support and aid she has been reluctant to accept any help or give her name.
However one officer named Carter Grow would not give up on her and persisted. He continued in his discussions with the woman trying to get her to allow him to give her some assistance. He stated to Fox13 “We basically pleaded with her to accept some help, we let her know there were several agencies out there who wanted to help her and provide her assistance. Finally in the conversation there was a breakthrough, and the female decided to accept some help from us.”
This was a major relief to many people from the Officers who were concerned about the woman to community members who lived in the area who saw her daily like Kory Camp who lives across the street from where the woman had been camped out on the street.
Camp said: “I hated like going to bed, you know at night, and realizing, ‘Hey, I’m in this nice warm house–65, 70 degrees–and she is stuck out there.'”
The Provo Police Department reported on their Facebook page that several Officers had moved the woman to proper lodgings in a combined effort on February 3 getting her out of the freezing temperatures. They moved her to a Motel as a temporary measure until more permanent arrangements could be made.
The Police Department was making arrangements with the Food and Care Coalition, Provo Housing and Wasatch Mental Health to ensure the woman’s care and continued health.
They originally wrote:
Today, Officer Carter Grow assisted a homeless woman to obtain shelter. Officer
Grow organized efforts with the Food and Care Coalition who were able to provide the woman with a temporary motel stay until there was a bed available at the shelter.
Ofc. Grow and Day Shift Patrol helped move all her belongings into a Motel here in our city where she will be safe and out of the freezing temperatures. We appreciate Officer Grow for going the extra mile for one of our Provo citizens in need.
We also want to thank the Food and Care Coalition, Provo Housing and Wasatch Mental Health for their constant and continued efforts assisting the Provo Police Department and our citizens.
But apparently the caring of the Officers did not stop there nor did their dialog. Officers managed to find the woman’s daughter who they eventually contacted.
“The daughter had only known that she came to Provo several months ago, she didn’t know anything beyond that, she hadn’t heard anything, she didn’t know where she was staying or what she was doing, had no way to get a hold of her,” Grow said. “When they found out that we were in contact with her mother she was extremely relieved.”
It is believed at this time that the daughter will be making arrangements to get her mother from Provo to assume responsibility for her and be reunited with her.
The officers of Provo say that they don’t deserve the credit though they believe that this is a community effort and were just happy that the woman was helped.