Phone line connects with social services

Dialing three numbers, 211, will connect locals to a free phone line offering localized information on social and government services.

Dialing three numbers, 211, will connect locals to a free phone line offering localized information on social and government services.

BC211 assesses the need of callers, whether it’s in relation to addictions or abuse, and provides the nearest location to seek assistance.

In partnership with United Way, the program started in November and is available from Hope to Squamish.

While it’s currently active in Abbotsford, representatives will soon be visiting the area to liase with police and community groups to spread the word.

They will also be attending the Fraser Valley Regional District board meeting later this month.

“We help with everything from getting a wheelchair sticker to helping a new mom find a day care – it’s for any social service you can imagine,” said Jessie Hannigan with BC211.

It also specializes in finding the daily availability at homeless shelters for those living on the streets.

Hannigan adds that they stay on the line with callers until a solution is found.

For more information, visit www.bc211.ca.