map300 websterWEBSTER COUNTY, Ky. (5/2/19) — The residents of Webster County will have access to a new program that county officials believe will help them reach the services they may need beginning May 13, according to Judge Executive Steve Henry.

In conjunction with United Way of the Ohio Valley, the county will gain access to 2-1-1, a nationwide free and confidential service that helps people across the U.S. find the local resources they need 24-7, simply by dialing 2-1-1.

Resources offered will include food, housing, health care, senior services, child care, legal aid, volunteer opportunities, and much more, according to a United Way of the Ohio Valley announcement. The 2-1-1 resources are also available online, reported Summer Crick, Webster County Director of Community and Economic Development.

According to Toby Hall, United Way of the Ohio Valley Board Member and 2-1-1 Committee Chair, the organization has been working on bringing the 2-1-1 program to the GRADD region, which includes the counties of Webster, Daviess, Union, McLean, Ohio, and Hancock, for the past seven years.

“We are excited about a new way to get information out about available resources to our citizens, and really hope this helps people find the help that they need,” Henry said in a statement. “There are so many great programs that are out there to help people when they need a hand up, but sometimes it’s hard to find out what organization is the right one for you. When you call 2-1-1, you’ll get to speak to a real person and they will be able to provide you with resources that fit your needs, based on your qualifications, all while remaining anonymous. I think it will be a great thing for Webster County.”

Crick attended Owensboro’s recent 2- 1-1 launch to prepare the county for the program, saying she is most excited about data collection the 2-1-1 service will gather.

“After the program is operational for 18 months, we’ll be able to track the data and see how many residents have called for which type of service," Crick said. "This will help us understand which services are most needed, as well as let us know if there are any gaps where needs might be going unmet.”

The county will host its 2-1-1 launch event, where officials will publicly demonstrate and celebrate the new program 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 13 at the Webster County Extension Office. 

The 2-1-1 System is set to be live in all seven GRADD counties by the end of May, county officials reported. For more information about 2-1-1 and its services, visit https://greenriver211.org/.

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