Sometimes, it feels like there’s no one to turn to.
Have you ever been concerned about a challenge overwhelming a friend, neighbour, family member – or even yourself? Do you know someone who needs help caring for a senior, dealing with an addiction, struggling with a language barrier, or battling homelessness?
There are hundreds of programs and services available across our region to help people with a wide variety of issues – but where do you start?
Imagine you could simply call, send a text, or go online to reach a navigator who could map out which services would be the best option for you. Imagine this navigator was available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in over 160 languages, and was completely confidential and free.
Well, you may be surprised to learn that this service already exists – it’s called bc211.
211 has been in operation in other provinces across Canada and throughout the United States for many years. bc211 began in the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, Squamish, Sunshine Coast and Lillooet regions – and it’s available on Vancouver Island. Visit bc211.ca or call or text 2-1-1 today.
Now you and your loved ones can navigate a complex array of offerings effectively when dealing with an immediate or chronic issue. bc211 services help individuals and community service providers access what they need, when they need it.
With your help, we can promote this transformational technology and ensure bc211’s services continue to grow across our region. Please join us in answering the call.
A special thank you to our outstanding bc211 lead donors!
bc211 IMPACT (based on 2016 statistics for the Lower Mainland)
- bc211 coverage reaches 60% of the population of BC
- 63,000 referrals to community agencies for help
- BC Community Services Society, the agency that manages bc211, has 63 years of proven service in information and referral to 600,000 British Columbians
- Help offered in over 160 different languages and dialects
• 53,528 incoming calls or texts answered
• 28,181 calls related to housing
• 2016 top two reasons for calling: Housing/homelessness & substance abuse
• 58% are female
• 276,000 online visits to community resources directory
• 13,000 services listed on bc211.ca
• 6,000 average users per week