Gov. Susana Martinez has officially proclaimed Feb. 11 as “2-1-1 Day” in recognition of the free, confidential, easy to use service that connects callers to essential services in their area.
Self Help, Inc. operates the 2-1-1 information and referral line for Los Alamos as well as Taos, Mora, Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and San Miguel.
With approximately 1.5 million nonprofit organizations in the U.S. plus scores of government agencies, finding help can be confusing and intimidating. 2-1-1 centers are staffed by trained specialists who quickly assess the callers’ needs and refer them to the help they seek.
The 2-1-1 service is free and easy to use. Information about a broad range of services are offered through 2-1-1 including rent assistance, food pantries, housing, health resources, child care and job training. Research has shown 2-1-1 to save time and enhance the human services experience.
Support for the 2-1-1 information and referral line is provided by grants from the Con Alma Foundation, United Way of Northern New Mexico and the Santa Fe Community Foundation.
The 211 service for Northern New Mexico is located inside the offices of Self Help, Inc. More information about 2-1-1 services is available online at www.211nnm.org or www.facebook.com/211nnm. Anyone seeking a general service or a specific agency can dial 2-1-1 or 855.662.6211 (toll free) during business hours to reach a trained specialist who will assess the caller’s needs and refer them to the appropriate agency.
Self Help, Inc., in partnership with United Way of Northern New Mexico, is an organization dedicated to helping those in need in Northern New Mexico. Founded in 1969, the agency is located at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Information about Self Help, Inc. is available online at www.selfhelpla.org. Information about United Way of Northern New Mexico is available online at www.unitedwaynnm.org.