Dear Springfield Public Schools Community,
Please see important information below shared by Daryl Palmieri, Interim Executive Union County Superintendent:
The 211 system is found throughout the United States and is devoted to connecting people in need to the resources that can help. While each 211 operates independently, all of the more than 200 organizations provide a network of local support that people can call on with confidence when they need help and simply don't know where to turn. In New Jersey, our motto has been: Need Help? Start Here.
NJ 211 provides live assistance 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Our services are free, confidential and multilingual. There are several ways to reach us: By phone (simply dial 2-1-1); via text (send your zip code to 898-211); email (email@example.com); or chat with us online. Whichever method you choose, you will be communicating with a community resource specialist who has been educated about federal, state and local systems created to help people who are struggling. Our specialists have access to a resource database of over 8,800 community programs and services that assist people who need help with life's most basic needs... things like food, utilities, affordable housing, rental assistance, mental and physical health, substance use disorders, child care, senior needs, legal assistance, transportation, disability services and so much more.
NJ 211 also serves as the State Homeless Hotline and New Jersey's Utility Assistance Hotline. Most recently, we were asked to support the NJ Department of Health by serving as the number to call when looking for general information about state directives and services related to Covid-19.
211 is a universally respected and growing national model. More than 14.3 million 211 connections to help were made in 2017. Today 94 percent of people living in the US have access to 211 services.
Springfield Public Schools
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