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.
Bay Area United Way wants people to call 211 for children's summer program info
Vallejo Times Herald
April 27, 2011
Times-Herald Staff Report
Parents and caregivers can call 211 for information about children's summer programs, including day camps, residential camps and therapeutic camps for those with disabilities or specific health conditions, United Way of the Bay Area officials announced.
A local 211 call center also can connect parents and caregivers with information about youth employment and internship programs, volunteer opportunities and child-care resources, they said.
Residents who can't dial 211, can call 800-273-6222 to reach the 211 call center in their area.
For the hearing impaired, call 415-808-4440 (TTY) or 711.
Operated by the United Way, 211 is an easy-to-remember, toll-free phone number that connects callers with local community services, such as food, shelter, counseling, employment assistance, quality child care and more. During a disaster, 211 provides critical information about evacuation routes, food and shelter, as well as help finding new jobs and permanent housing during long-term recovery. It is confidential and available around the clock in more than 150 languages.
For more information, visit www.211BayArea.org.