Self Help, Inc. Launches 2-1-1

Self Help, Inc., a Los Alamos non-profit organization, plans a June 1 launch for 2-1-1, an online and telephone information and referral service.

The service aims to connect people searching for help and social service agencies around Rio Arriba, Taos and Los Alamos counties with the appropriate agency.

The 2-1-1 service is sponsored and supported by United Way of Northern New Mexico and links to other United Way agency-sponsored 2-1-1 centers throughout the country.   

The service is free and easy to use.  

Anyone seeking a general service or a specific agency can dial 211, 855-662-6211 (toll free) or 662-6211 (Los Alamos.)  

A trained specialist will quickly assess the caller’s needs and refer them to the appropriate agency.

There is a website to obtain the same information on-line at http://www.referweb.net/unnm/.

A broad range of services are offered through 2-1-1, including rent assistance, food banks, housing,  health resources, child care and job training programs, among many others.

The project is locally designed by community members who are aware of their local and state needs and resources.  

By Jan. 1, 2007, United Ways around the country offered 2-1-1 services to more than 190 million Americans (65 percent of the population) with 209 active 2-1-1 systems operating in 41 states.

For more information and to find out about opportunities to volunteer, call 2-1-1.

Self Help, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting those in need in northern New Mexico. Since 1969, Self Help, Inc. has provided consultation and   advocacy, emergency financial assistance, school supplies and seed money grants to residents of Los Alamos, northern Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, and Taos Counties. Self Help, Inc. is committed to enhancing families’ life skills by providing programs and services that focus on developing self-reliance. Each year, through grants and private and public contributions, our organization is able to support those who need help most, during emergencies or in the quest to become economically self-sufficient.

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