Lenawee County will join the growing list of communities with the “2-1-1” phone service for 24/7 access to health and human services information, including the availability of shelter, domestic violence safe houses, food pantries and utility assistance.
According to Kathleen Schanz, O.P., executive director of Lenawee United Way, the 2-1-1 program was developed by United Way of America Metropolitan Atlanta in 1997 and has grown rapidly in the last decade.
“We are anticipating 2-1-1 will be up and running this year,” Schanz said. “All of the necessary paperwork is in so it is just a matter of time. We have the endorsement of the human services committee of the county commission and their support.”
Commission Chair James VanDoren said he felt the 2-1-1 service is a must for Lenawee County.
“I think it is a very positive move and we give Lenawee United Way a great deal of credit for taking the initiative to bring it to Lenawee,” VanDoren said.
Lenawee will be part of the Central Michigan 2-1-1 program, which also serves Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, Hillsdale and Jackson counties.