On my way home I needed to pick up some items and dashed in a liquor store and about half way through I found myself crying! A homeless man asked me what the problem was and I said, “They are going to pull the plug on my dad tomorrow and I can’t even contact the doctor to talk to him about it!” The homeless man, said “Oh, you need to call 211, they will help you.”
And I said “They can’t possibly help me with this.” The homeless man said “Oh yes, they help with just about everything!” So the next morning I called 211 and someone on the line said they would help me. He called somewhere on my behalf with me and right after that the doctor called and we made a plan for my dad to recover…he is 81 years old now, in a wheelchair, but I have my dad… and I have 211 to thank.
2-1-1 California is the statewide network of local 2-1-1 information and referral providers, and is a collaboration of the California Allaince of Information and Referral Services (CAIRS) AND United Ways of California.
The mission of 2-1-1 California is to ensure that California develops the statewide infrastructure and support necessary to ensure quality 2-1-1 services for everyone.
Use “Find your Local 2-1-1” above to get phone numbers, websites, and other information for service agencies in your area. Not all areas have a local 2-1-1 service provider.
CALIFORNIA STATE SENATE BILL 1212 SIGNED INTO LAW
Statement by 211 LA County regarding the signing of SB 1212 by California Governor Jerry Brown
On behalf of 211 LA County, the 211 California Network and partner organizations throughout the state, we thank Senator Ben Hueso and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, the California Legislature and Governor Jerry Brown for their commitment to providing much needed telephone referral services in areas where they do not currently exist.
SB 1212 takes the next step in developing a statewide 211 disaster response network and closes the gap in 211 coverage to provide access for underserved populations in California that do not currently have 211 service. It clearly illustrates the importance of 211 information and referral services during times of emergency and makes eligible the 211 network for state funding. This bill lays the groundwork for statewide coordination and funding to ensure all residents of California can access this critical service regardless of the region from which they are calling.
"This investment sends a clear message of the importance of having statewide access to 2-1-1 services for supporting community resilience and recovery during times of disaster" said Maribel Marin, the Executive Director of 211 LA County and President of 211 California.
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