The Erlanger program helps residents connect to essential services

ERLANGER, Ky. (WXIX) – A relatively new program named E-Angel in Erlanger is helping fill a gap in essential services for people in need. Last year alone, they helped 59 families in unique situations.

Becky Strouse is the Police Social Services Coordinator at the Erlanger Police Department. She works with people living in Erlanger who experience issues that go beyond law enforcement. Sometimes that means working with children, the elderly, someone in need and more.

Strouse started the E-Angel program in Erlanger four years ago when she noticed a gap in the services provided by local agencies and decided to do something about it.

“Officers, they don’t want to get away from people and that’s what was happening,” Strouse explains, “And now they’re able to say, ‘I can’t help you, but I have someone that can. Let’s call them and see what we can do.

In her office, she has clothes, diapers, formula, children’s toys and other essentials.

During remote learning, the department provided headphones for children so they could focus on their schoolwork without noisy distractions.

She even has bags to distribute to people who might end up homeless. Bags include a gift card, socks, snacks, toothbrush and other personal care items. All of Strouse’s articles have been funded by donations.

In February of each year, Strouse organizes a campaign called “How Big is Your heart”. All Erlanger companies are invited to donate to the program.

In 2021, $5,500 in essential services were donated to people in need right here in Erlanger.

“As a social worker for 17 years, it’s definitely been the best time I’ve ever had,” exclaims Strouse, “because to be able to give that away and it’s just a lifelong career dream. So, it’s really, really exciting and I’m glad the city and the police department are coming back and allowing me to do it.

If you are interested in donating to E-Angel, you can contact Becky Strouse at rebecca.strouse@erlangerpd.com or 859-727-7968.

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Michelle J. Kelley