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.
Hot Line 2-1-1 and Energy presentations at Calimesa Council
Yucaipa Calimesa News Mirror
May 20, 2011
By Bill Brown, Staff Reporter
Mayor Ella Zanowic and the City of Calimesa have proclaimed May as Mental Health Month during the May 2 city council meeting. Zanowic reaffirmed the importance of dealing with mental health issues while presenting the certificate to Riverside’s County Mental Health representative Richard Devine.
“I thank the mayor and the city council for the proclamation,” Devine said. “I’d like to mention just one of the services we are in partnership with. It is the ‘2-1-1 Hotline.’ The Hotline is used instead of the 9-1-1. It is used for non-emergency calls only such as: Housing and food emergencies, advocacy or temporary utility payments. If you are having trouble meeting today’s challenges, there is someone, from Riverside and San Bernardino counties, on the other end of the line who will pick up the phone 24/7 and is familiar with over 800 agencies.”
Devine added that a call to 2-1-1 will provide answers to questions about mental health issues.
Southern California Edison’s representative Linda Ortiz introduced Edison’s manager of Western Riverside’s Energy Leadership Partnership Barbara Spoonhour and included “my colleague Cynthia Garcia who is the Southern California manager for all of the projects here with our energy partnership.”
Also accompanying Ortiz was Executive Director Rick Bishop.
With that, Spoonhour presented a plaque to the city for its participation in the Energy Leadership Partnership.
In between presentations Zanowic took the opportunity to tell everyone, “Jim (Hyatt) was selected second vice-chair for the Western Riverside County Organization Governments. Isn’t that wonderful?”
Bishop added, “Thank you for being part of this partnership. It is important that cities demonstrate leadership in saving energy. I think we are moving quite well in that direction in Riverside County. As we look to accommodate nearly a million people in the future we need to be able to provide energy to them in order to advance the economy.”
Bishop closed by saying “The best way is to save the energy we do have.”