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Vice chair will be Donna Stratford, who retired this year from Northrop Grumman; treasurer will be Seth Riddle, immediate past president and LPL wealth adviser at Space Coast Credit Union.
Joining the board are Lt. Brandon Lanza of Brevard County Sheriff’s Office and Joyce Boudrie, a community volunteer who previously served multiple terms.
The American Association of Suicidology has renewed its accreditation of 2-1-1- Brevard Inc. for five years.
“This outside evaluation assures that callers to our helpline are being served according to nationally recognized standards for crisis and suicide intervention,” said Libby Donoghue, 2-1-1 Brevard executive director.
Almost 350 calls to 2-1-1 Brevard were classified as “suicide/crisis intervention” in the fiscal year that ended June 30.
2-1-1 Brevard helpline specialists have visited six agencies since their “field trips” started in February, including Central Brevard Sharing Center on July 25.
David Brubaker, new president/CEO, led the tour. He emphasized that the center puts “food on the table, clothes on your back and a roof over your head,” as shown in the logo.
Specialists made 674 referrals to the center in 2013.
Next up: Brevard Drop-In Center.
Helpline specialists deal daily with children’s issues that were measured in the 2014 Kids Count Profile, released this week.
Florida’s state rank of 38th remained unchanged in the “Data Book,” which details the results of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual evaluation of children’s economic well-being, education, health, and family and community.
“Few of our callers are under 18, but many are adults whose reasons for calling directly affect the quality of life for children,” said Libby Donoghue, 2-1-1 Brevard executive director.
Thanks to the Melbourne City Council for tentative approval of $2,266 in funding for 2-1-1 Brevard for the next year!
The city allocated about $45,000 to local nonprofits this week through its Grants-in-Aid program.
Melbourne has been a supporter of 2-1-1 Brevard since 2001, when the three-digit dialing code was adopted.
In June, 2-1-1 Brevard helpline specialists logged 979 calls related to primary health care.
June 2014 Snapshot