Archive for November, 2013

New annual report: Numbers don’t tell all the stories

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.”
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Words to live by: Don’t take ‘hairballs’ to state lawmakers

State Rep. Dennis Baxley speaks at Florida Partners in Crisis quarterly meeting.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.
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Thanks to Carousel Florist for birthday ‘special deliveries’

Sunshine Service bouquetFor more than five years, Carousel Florist has donated and delivered flowers to participants in 2-1-1 Brevard’s Sunshine Service on their birthdays – free of charge.
And recipients report how much they enjoy them.
“We regularly hear how much the flowers brighten up their birthdays,” said Christina Lefler, helpline supervisor. “Sadly, sometimes the delivery person may be the only person they see that day – in much the same way that sometimes 2-1-1 specialists are the only people they talk to.”
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Holiday toys and Thanksgiving turkeys: Get info from 2-1-1

Sign-ups for some toy giveaways have come and gone, but others are just getting underway, including the Florida Today Reaching Out registration that begins Saturday, Nov. 9.
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