Group Launches National Safety Matters Program

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Let's Bring Them Home slated to launch nationally based program in honor of missing man, Kent Jacobs.

Let's Bring Them Home announces the upcoming launch of the newly developed "Safety Matters" program. The launch is slated for March 10, 2007, in Hope Mills, North Carolina.

The Safety Matters program, inspired by Kent Jacobs, is geared toward special needs children and adults, and their caregivers.

Kent Jacobs disappeared on March 10, 2002. The authorities, along with Kent's family, have been searching for Kent since that tragic day, but they continue to hit dead ends. Kent disappeared only a few yards from Interstate 95, a major interstate that stretches from New York to Florida.

"Because Kent had the mental capacity of a child, and like any young child, Kent and others like him are very vulnerable to a predator," explains LaDonna Meredith, Director of Let's Bring Them Home.

"Special needs men, women and children often do not have the analytical skills to sense danger, nor the ability to free themselves from a dangerous or volatile situation. Armed with these facts and the desire to educate others, the Safety Matters initiative was born."

Safety Matters consists of simple safety points that have been designed to empower the individual, not cripple them with fear. The "I Am Safe" curriculum is designed to be taught on an on-going basis and the program is free of charge.

Let's Bring Them Home, founded out of a passionate desire to assist the families of missing children and adults, has an important mission: To provide crucial resources, solutions and assistance on behalf of the families of missing children and adults. The Kent Jacobs disappearance was the organization's first case and has been the primary focus of this rapidly growing organization.

"We first started talking with the Jacobs family in the summer of 2006. We knew then we wanted to help. We have never actually met in person, but we talk regularly via email and telephone. Kent's case is the first thing I think of when I wake up in the morning and the last thing I think of before I go to sleep. I am praying for a miracle," says LaDonna Meredith, Director.

Two representatives will fly to North Carolina to launch the namesake initiative the weekend of March 10, 2007 -- exactly five years to the day that Kent disappeared.

"We, like the Jacobs family, have hope. We want to see Kent come home to be with the people who love him. But we also want to make sure that nothing like this happens again. We believe that the Safety Matters program will be two-fold: it will help save lives and bring renewed energy to Kent's case."

The support provided by Let's Bring Them Home is free of charge to families with missing loved ones and to the organizations that serve these families. Currently, the organization is awaiting their IRS approval for non-profit status, so all funding for the cases they assist is founder-donated.

"We are here to keep the cases we take on alive in the minds of the media, law enforcement, and other organizations across the United States, despite the costs. If we can't get the appropriate resources donated, we find a way to make it happen. We are here to make a difference. You can't put a price tag on that kind of hope for a family."

Iowa, Nebraska and West Virginia were the first states to support proclamations declaring March 10, 2007, Safety Matters Day. "It is our hope," says Meredith, "That other states across the nation will follow suit, particularly the state of North Carolina where Kent's family lives -- and where he went missing."

For more information about the Safety Matters program or Let's Bring Them Home, visit http://www.kentjacobs.com or http://www.letsbringthemhome.org, or contact LaDonna Meredith at 479-966-0471 or by e-mail.

If you have seen Kent Jacobs, please contact: The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office at (910) 323-1500 or Crimestoppers at (910) 483-TIPS

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