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Brad Taylor video
Edited by Dave Morgan
Some of those who have spent a great deal of time helping Lincoln County residents down on their luck over the past year celebrated the first anniversary of Lincoln County 2-1-1 last week. 2-1-1 a simple phone number to help people find housing, food, medical or mental health services, transportation and more. The Lincoln County 2-1-1 emergency referral number also includes Linn and Benton Counties. In addition to local county funds, the 2-1-1 systems are helped greatly by generous donations from the United Way to ensure that those who need help can at least find out where that help is and how to gain access to it.
2-1-1 spokeswoman Lola Jones reported that over the past year, 2-1-1 received over eighteen-hundred calls for assistance. The top five needs as compiled by 2-1-1 staff reveal that housing, rental assistance, food stamps, utilities and food pantries are at the top of the list. However, this doesn’t mean that all requests for these items came through for the callers. Many found out that once contacted, member agencies were out of money, resources or both. The recession is the cause of most all of that.
2-1-1’s Lola Jones says the organization needs a lot of help from the community to make the referral service as effective as it can be. For donation information call Lola Jones at 541-272-4527.
Anyone needing assistance with housing, food or medical needs can call 2-1-1 or refer to Lincoln County 2-1-1 by clicking here.