John Kelker: 2-1-1 offers help for the holidays and coming winter months
With the holiday season and cold winter months approaching, government and human service agencies will experience an increase in calls for assistance.
Whether dealing with an increased need for shelter, food, utility assistance or help providing holiday gifts for a child, local agencies work tirelessly to meet increased demand. While many agencies spend months preparing for this time of year, for an individual or family in need, navigating a system comprised of hundreds of agencies can be overwhelming. With more than 1.5 million nonprofits and scores of government agencies, families often do not know where to begin.