Need help finding job training? Emergency shelter? Health advice? A place to volunteer some time? Now, St. Louis residents can plug directly into the region’s extensive network of health and social service providers by calling a single number, 2-1-1, from any landline telephone, any time of the day or night. The call is free and confidential.
The 2-1-1 call center is being administered by the United Way of Greater St. Louis, whose help in a range of civic endeavors has been mentioned favorably here before. Funding comes from the local United Way and from the Missouri Foundation for Health.
(Ten other United Way organizations throughout the state are involved in the effort, making the service available in most parts of Missouri.)
The 2-1-1 call specialists will help St. Louisans find assistance on everything from food and shelter to job counseling and health services. People also can — and should call 2-1-1 if they want to volunteer support or donate help to agencies.
United Way and Missouri Foundation for Health should be commended for putting this program together.