A Phone Call Away …

Seldom a week goes by that I don’t hear from someone with a question about where to get social services help.  In Texas – as in many other states – we are blessed to have a public/private service called 2-1-1 Texas that I am proud to promote.

2-1-1 Texas is a partnership between the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, United Ways of Texas, various local United Way organizations, the Texas Information and Referral Network, and numerous other important entities in the business of helping others.  2-1-1 is a telephone line that you can dial from anywhere in Texas.  After placing that call, you will then access a professionally-trained individual who can direct to you non-emergency health and human services assistance programs, whether you are trying to collect overdue child support payments; searching for safety and shelter in preparation for natural disasters; looking for a particular federal, state or municipal office; needing to find a church or synagogue with food for the needy; etc. 

Given this tough economy, perhaps there is a 2-1-1 service in your area.  Check it out.  Information and help may only be a phone call away …

Whatever your needs, best wishes always – Melody

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Being Inspired By …

In the past few weeks I’ve been inspired by numerous authors, including Grace Lanni, a fellow writer based in Austin, Texas.  Grace is a hi-tech entrepreneur who is raising her children as a single mom.  One of the great books she has written is entitled Be Inspired By … Your Teen.  The strategic, easy-to-read book is designed to present New Tools for You to Better Connect with Your Teenager Today!  Check out Grace’s website, and Be Inspired!

Melody

Living Faithfully …

as Women in the 21st Century.  That’s the name of a four-part lectureship series in which I participated yesterday at the opening session held at the First United Methodist Church in Austin, Texas.  Outstanding and most notable speakers for the Austin-based series include Texas Comptroller Susan B. Combs (September 13); Bishop Janice R. Huie of The United Methodist Church (October 11); former Director of the LBJ Library in Austin, Dr. Betty Sue Flowers (October 25); and former Texas House of Representatives Chair, The Honorable Wilhelmina Delco (November 1).  Yesterday’s session was an extremely informative and engaging session for women and men of all faiths and walks of life and backgrounds.  Participation in all sessions is entirely free.

If you’re interested, contact Carol C. Walker, walkerstrass@sbcglobalor Deana Henry, deakenhenry@yahoo.com.