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Buckley CAREs for people

  • Published
  • By Airman Holden S. Faul
  • 460th Space Wing Public Affairs

Buckley Air Force Base implemented a new phone line to easily connect individuals with helping agencies to assist with any challenge they may be facing.

Buckley’s new 7-CARE (Crisis Action Response line for Everyone) phone number is available for anyone in need of its services.

“The line is designed to be a one-stop phone number helpline for anyone,” said Christina Grooms, 460th Space Wing community support coordinator. “Everyone on the installation can use it to receive assistance through the helping agencies.”

By dialing 720-847-CARE (2273), a telephone tree will list all options of agencies available through this system, eliminating the necessity to memorize multiple telephone numbers.

The 7-CARE line will currently connect people to nine different agencies on base: the Buckley Airman Family & Readiness Center, 460th Security Forces Squadron Base Defense Operators Center, chapel, sexual assault response line, military family life consultant, Military Crisis Line, Buckley Against Drunk Driving, mental health, and the domestic abuse victim advocate. There’s potential for agencies to be added to the line in the future.

After duty hours, the CARE line connects individuals to the 460th Space Wing Command Post, where each call will be forwarded to the needed agency’s on-call representative.

The 460th Space Wing Command Chief Master Sgt. Rod Lindsey got the idea for the line from the former command chief at Patrick AFB, Florida, Lindsey’s previous assignment.

“We need to take care of our Service Members, civilians and their families,” said Lindsey. “It saddens me when our folks are unaware of the resources which are available to help them make it through a tough situation in their life. We have too many people making permanent solutions to temporary problems. This one number connects everyone to available helping agencies, and I encourage everyone to use it.”

The goal is to promote, market and educate members on 7-CARE. It is there 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to be used during any time of need.

The 7-CARE Line is not only available for Buckley Airmen. Lindsey chose the name “Crisis Action Response line for Everyone” to say just that.
“This number is not only for Airmen,” said Lindsey. “It is for everyone. Everyone will be cared for, no matter what.”