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Need help in Palm Beach County, the Treasure Coast or Okeechobee? It's just a phone call away

Posted at 4:03 PM, Dec 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-21 04:12:51-05

If you're faced with an emotional, financial or health crisis, a local helpline is available to assist you.

Dialing 211 in Palm Beach County, the Treasure Coast or Okeechobee County will connect you to community resources.

"So our staff is there 24/7 for them to just reach out and talk to," said Patrice Schroeder with the 211 Helpline. "But we also know that some of these individuals may be a little overwhelmed. We've had a lot happen in these past couple of months, feeling a little down during the holidays as well."

According to Schroeder: "People are generally looking for those outreach activities. They may be looking for clinics maybe looking for food pantries where they can prepare their own meals, things of that nature."
The 211 Sunshine Program has a staff of volunteers who call more than 500 seniors every day to make sure they're OK.

"We do daily calls to seniors throughout our five-county area. We serve Palm Beach, Martin, Saint Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee Counties and this is a free program," Schroeder said.