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 United Ways of California and the California Alliance of Information and Referral Services (CAIRS).
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.
2-1-1 California Names New Executive Director
Please join us in welcoming Rachelle Arizmendi as the new Executive Director of 2-1-1 California.
Rachelle was selected by the 2-1-1 California Board of Directors through a competitive search process led by Larry Olmstead, Board Chair, after the scheduled departure of Lilian Coral in early June. Previously, Rachelle directed a large early childhood enrichment program at Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment (PACE) in Los Angeles.
February 11 Marks Annual Celebration of 2-1-1. Get Connected! Get Answers!
February 11, 2014
February 11 is national 2-1-1 Day, in recognition of the free, user-friendly phone and online system that serves 90% of America's population, and connects some 16 million people a year to critical resources, information and services.
In California, 1.4 million callers turn annually to 2-1-1 for help, and 2-1-1 also responds to over one million Web queries from people seeking resources. People call or search 2-1-1 looking for resources to meet basic needs, like heating or utility assistance, shelter, emergency help, or to find the closest food bank. They also called for everyday important non-emergency needs, such as developmental screening for a child, home health care for a relative, job training or free tax filing support.
First Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alert System
November 9, 2011
2-1-1 California announced today that on November 9 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern standard time, the Federal government conducted the first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). The test lasted up to three and a half minutes. During this period, regularly scheduled television, radio, cable, and satellite shows was interrupted as the system was being tested. 2-1-1 California would like to ensure that 2-1-1 information and referral providers in California and the larger public were aware that this event was just a test, and not a real emergency alert.
In the event of an actual emergency, 2-1-1 systems throughout the State will be used to distribute critical information to the public, helping to ensure Californians know what steps to take in the event of a natural disaster or other emergency to safeguard themselves and their loved ones.