6th annual 211 Day

Feb. 10, 2011 at 6:02 p.m.
Updated Feb. 9, 2011 at 8:10 p.m.

Friday is 211 Day in Texas and across the nation where 211 services are available.

The 211 service is a free telephone number that connects callers with services in their community that can improve their health and quality of life.

"When you dial 211, a trained expert will work with the caller (who may remain anonymous) to assess the problem and provide referrals and/or advocacy to local social service agencies that can help with everything from finding food, shelter, childcare and elder services, to veteran services, crisis counseling or substance abuse treatment," said Joe Brannan, executive director for the Golden Crescent Regional Planning Commission, the local 211 Area Information Center.

There is also access to the Texas Military Family Access Project, which provides services to active duty and veterans of all branches of the service who have served or will serve in Afghanistan or Iraq. 211 Texas is a free information and referral line answered by nationally certified specialists 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

"We're dedicating this day to letting Golden Crescent area residents know that 211 is the number to call when they don't know who to call," said Joe Brannan.

Since its inception in 2001, the Golden Crescent 211 Area Information Center has answered more than 70,394 calls.



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