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2-1-1 comes to Sunshine Coast

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2-1-1 is coming to the Sunshine Coast.

It’s a phone and on line information service designed to connect people with community resources.   The idea to bring the United Way funded program to the area came out of the Progress Plan.

It found trouble getting information was one reason for isolation and economic disadvantage for women on the Sunshine Coast.  “Isolation is an economic risk factor. Individuals and families who are well connected have access to the information, opportunities and support needed to create financial security”, says Michelle Morton, Project Manager for The Progress Plan.

Pat Hunt is a co-chair of the Community Resource Centre Society, one of the partners in the project.

She calls BC 2-1-1 an “incredible” service.

Hunt says BC 2-1-1 has been building their Sunshine Coast data base for the past 3 months.  And once it launches they’ll be constantly expanding and updating.

The service launches March 4th with a special event from 4 to 6pm at the Seaside Centre in Sechelt.

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2-1-1is already available in Metro Vancouver, Squamish – Lillooet and Fraser Valley.

The web page is bc211.ca

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