Providing additional peace of mind to caregivers of people who tend to wander.
Safely Back Home enables law enforcement to immediately identify the child; also to know how best to communicate with the child and keep him or her calm during the rescue.
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Nearly half of children with autism engage in wandering behavior.
—AWAARE - The Autism Wandering Awareness Alerts Response and Education (AWAARE) Collaboration
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More than one third of children with autism who wander/elope are never or rarely able to communicate their name, address, or phone number.
—National Autism Association
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Six out of ten people with Alzheimer’s Disease will wander.
—The Alzheimer's Association
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If a person [with Alzheimer's] is not found within 24 hours, up to half of individuals who wander will suffer serious injury or death.
—The Alzheimer's Association
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Safely Back Home, a 501c3 non-profit free program’s mission is assisting in the safe, calm return of wandering loved ones to their families and Caregivers. Providing additional peace of mind for parents and Caregivers of individuals who wander due to Autism, Down syndrome, Alzheimer’s, Dementia and other cognitive challenges involving wandering.

Safely Back Home Featuring Xavier Subero with his mom, Ashley Labar
Photo courtesy of Lake Hopatcong News
Safely Back Home Featuring SMILE Residents
Photo courtesy of Lake Hopatcong News
Thank you Borough of Hopatcong for your great cooperation and successful efforts in launching the first Safely Back Home Program in Sussex County, NJ. Special thanks to Hopatcong Mayor Michael Francis, Town Council Members Christine Smith, Brad Hoferkamp and Dawn Roberts, Police Chief Meghan McCluskey, Judith Wolf Hopatcong Police Department, Tammy Miller Director of Special Services for Public Schools, Doreen Magyar Hopatcong Wellness Center, The Hopatcong SMILE Home: Founders Allan and Patty Milford; Chris Colabella and the Board of Directors, Susan Weiland Director of Community Affairs and the SMILE Home Staff.

With the residents at the Hopatcong SMILE Home

Safely Back Home Paul Jetter poses with SMILE Residents
Photo courtesy of Lake Hopatcong News

Safely Back Home was featured in the Mid-Summer 2023 issue of the Lake Hopatcong News

Safely Back Home was featured in the Mid Summer 2023 issue of the Lake Hopatcong News
Photo courtesy of Lake Hopatcong News

Introducing the Hopatcong Safely Back Home program to the Hopatcong Seniors Club July 6, 2023

Safely Back Home Paul Jetter at presentation to the Hopatcong Seniors Club 07-01-2023
Photo courtesy of Lake Hopatcong News

Heat pressing Hopatcong Safely Back Home ID Decals onto Hopatcong Chiefs shirts

Safely Back Home Paul Jetter uses a Heat Press to Secure Badges to Clothing and Hats
Photo courtesy of Lake Hopatcong News

Fios 1 News Story covering introduction of the Safely Back Home Program in North Arlington, NJ

New Milford Police Chief Frank Ramaci describing the Safely Back Home Program in New Milford, its benefits to the community, and how the program can be coordinated between police departments.

Thank you to the Starbucks Foundation for selecting Safely Back Home as a recipient of their Neighborhood Grant. Special thanks to the Sparta Starbucks staff and partners for nominating Safely Back Home for the Neighborhood Grant. The grant funds have been used toward imprinting nearly 200 Hopatcong Safely Back Home (SBH) ID personalized garments for the eleven families currently enrolled in the free Hopatcong SBH Program. The grant will continue being used to produce more SBH ID garments for Hopatcong families along with families enrolling in free Safely Back Home programs in other communities.

Sparta Starbucks staff celebrating Safely Back Home receiving the Starbucks Foundation Grant

March 28, 2023

Starbucks Foundation Neighborhood Grant for Safely Back Home
Photo courtesy of Lake Hopatcong News

Starbucks Foundation Neighborhood Grant awarded To Safely Back Home

March 28, 2023

Safely Back Home Partnership with Project Lifesaver, International

Safely Back Home is honored to be one of the partners of Project Lifesaver, International.

“Project Lifesaver’s Program has helped provide thousands of families peace of mind daily knowing that their loved one has protection and safety in case they wander.”
(Project Lifesaver, International, website)
Project Lifesaver International Logo
Project Lifesaver, International

Project Lifesaver has rescued over 4,250 wandering individuals

Project Lifesaver has 1,750 member agencies the U.S, Canada and Puerto Rico, and has performed over 4,250 rescues over the past 25 years with no serious injuries or fatalities ever reported. Project Lifesaver provides equipment, training, certification and support to law enforcement, public safety organizations and community groups throughout the U.S.

Project Lifesaver, International Founder and CEO, Chief Gene Saunders, announced the original Project Lifesaver, International (PLI) – Safely Back Home (SBH) partnered program in November, 2013 (Project Lifesaver, Int’l, Newsletter, November, 2013).

“We are happy to announce the PLI-SBH program and believe this is a great additional program to offer to our members to share with Project Lifesaver clients as well as to the overall community. The SBH program has great potential to serve as that extra layer of protection,”
Stated CEO/Founder, Gene Saunders of PLI.

Our Mission/Program Description

PBS News Hour Interview with Safely Back Home Paul Jetter explains how the program began with his father who had Dementia.

Our Mission

To provide an additional layer of protection for children and adults who wander due to Autism, Alzheimer’s and other cognitive challenges. Our goal is to provide parents and caregivers with additional peace of mind

Program Description

Safely Back Home’s program was developed in response to a need to provide assistance to individuals with Autism, Alzheimer’s and other cognitive challenges who are incapable of providing identifying information in situations where they become lost. The imprinted garment alerts the public and police that the individual may need more assistance than they initially realize.

The patent-pending process uses “privacy-protected” ID information imprinted on personal garments to be conveyed to an emergency call center, secure database and rescue operation.

Rutherford, NJ, Police Chief John Russo talks about the Safely Back Home Program with Founder, Paul Jetter

#HipNJ’s Lisa Marie Latino sat down with Paul Jetter, founder of Safely Back Home, in the #HipNJ studio. Paul and Lisa discussed the non-profit Safely Back Home program and how it is actively working to help families around Bergen County.

How the Safely Back Home Program Works

Meet The Founder

Paul Jetter is the creator and founder of Safely Back Home™, providing additional peace of mind to families and caregivers of people who wander.

Paul’s passion started through his own experience with his father, who had dementia, and whose family became his father’s caregivers. Paul created the patent-pending process that uses ID information imprinted on the personal garments to be conveyed to an emergency call center, secure database and rescue operation.

The Safely Back Home ID Decals can be easily hand ironed at home onto clothing the person enjoys wearing. The decals are extremely soft on the clothing and are wash proof. The decals can also be heat pressed onto clothing (also hats, back packs, etc.)
The Safely Back Home ID Decals can be easily hand ironed at home onto clothing the person enjoys wearing. The decals are extremely soft on the clothing and are wash proof. The decals can also be heat pressed onto clothing (also hats, back packs, etc.)

Safely Back Home ID Decal

HOPATCONG – Name of town where the individual is enrolled in the Safely Back Home Program

973-398-5000 – The town’s Police Department 24-hour Emergency Phone Number

SBH ID# 1020 – Safely Back Home identification number and file number of the enrolled individual. Police and first responders are able view this file when proceeding with the rescue. Included in this file are:

Wandering Statistics

50% of children with Autism will wander.
of children with Autism will wander.
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60% of people with Alzheimer's will wander.
of people with Alzheimers will wander.
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4,250 Number of lost persons rescued by our partner, Project Lifesaver, since 1999. That number continues to grow.
Number of lost persons rescued by our partner, Project Lifesaver, since 1999. That number continues to grow.
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Our Partners

Project Lifesaver has 1,750 member agencies the U.S, Canada and Puerto Rico, and has performed 4,250 searches over the last 25 years with no serious injuries or fatalities ever reported. Project Lifesaver provides equipment, training, certification and support to law enforcement, public safety organizations and community groups throughout the United States.

Words From Families In The Safely Back Home Program

The On-line Hopatcong SBH Enrollment Form

Current Programs

Rutherford Police Department (Youth)

North Arlington Police Department (Youth)

New Milford Police Department (Youth)

Rutherford Police Department (Senior)

North Arlington Police Department (Senior)

New Milford Police Department (Senior)

Safely Back Home Enrollment Form

Thank you for taking the initiative to be a part of the Safely Back Home Program

Safely Back Home™ is an innovative program that provides additional peace of mind to families and caregivers of people who wander. The Safely Back Home™ patent-pending process uses ID information imprinted on personal garments to help the public and the police assist an individual who has become lost.

The Safely Back Home™ Program was developed in response to a need to provide assistance to individuals who are incapable of providing identifying information in situations where they become lost.

When an individual who wanders and appears lost is wearing a Safely Back Home™ imprinted garment, the concerned person who notices them can quickly contact HPD with location details and a rescue ensues.

The Safely Back Home™ program enables police and first responders to understand how to communicate effectively with your family member, allowing your family member to remain calm during their rescue.

Families/Caregivers provide medical and personal information about the family member. All information remains confidential and privacy protected. Wherever your family member is wandering (in NJ/USA) – police departments are able to electronically share this information in coordinating the rescue.