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A girl under 12 years old says she wants to hold her breath until she dies. A woman over 90 years old knows she can’t stay in her home much longer and doesn’t know where she’ll go.
Caller after caller seeks help paying the bills and providing for their families.
These are examples of the stories behind the numbers presented in 2-1-1 Brevard’s new annual report for the fiscal year 2012-13.
“Sadly, we see the same needs year after year,” said Libby Donoghue, 2-1-1 Brevard executive director. “Every year for years, the callers’ No. 1 need is help in paying a utility bill.”
State Rep. Dennis Baxley’s advice: Don’t bring lawmakers or legislative staff a “hairball” when advocating for legislative reform in mental health and criminal justice.
“It’s big and ugly and I don’t know what to do with it – I don’t want to touch it,” the Ocala Republican said as he clomped side to side toward a table with his arms wide around the imaginary wad.