This blog post is a departure from my usual musings. I am proud to announce that I was just invited to become a member of the Broward 2-1-1 Board of Directors for 2011-2012. I would like to dedicate today’s post toward discussing this phenomenal organization.
I take great pride in being apart of a profession that is dedicated to helping the little guy. When good people have been injured and, due to the negligence of another, cannot support themselves or their family because of enormous medical bills or after sustaining a permanent injury – they often do not know what to do, lose hope and have no idea where to turn. NKP is able to guide and advocate for these people; to try to guide them towards an outcome that can bring resources and meaning back into their life.
Similarly, 2-1-1 Broward provides those in need with resources to bring hope and meaning back into their life. While I, in my professional capacity, can only focus on those who are injured, 2-1-1 is a resource for just about anyone in need.
There are a dizzying array of government programs, community agencies and non-profit organizations – over a 3,300 in Broward county alone – and all available for those who need their services. The problem is, if you have an important need (say, for example, services to support your special-needs child), would you know which of the over 3,300 organizations to reach out to? Probably not. This is where Broward 2-1-1 comes in: If you live in Broward County (as an aside, the 2-1-1 service is available just about everywhere in Florida), just dial 2-1-1 anytime (24/7/365) and you will be connected to the specific counselor, service provider, or advocate (at the appropriate agency or program) to help you with your exact problem!
2-1-1 most commonly addresses the following issues:
2-1-1 will also connect children and adolescents with behavioral and addiction counselors, treatment programs, substance-abuse prevention and other behavioral-health services.
Suicide/Crisis-Prevention: In addition, 2-1-1 serves as a crisis and suicide-prevention hotline. Degreed and highly-trained operators are always standing by.
I invite you all to visit www.211-broward.org to learn more and support this important community non-profit organization.