Health, human services help available at United Way’s 2-1-1
On February 11 (2/11), United Way 2-1-1 will join people across the country in celebrating National 2-1-1 Day.
2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember three-digit phone number that connects callers to health and human services available in their community. United Way 2-1-1 also provides resources for people calling to give help.
“National 2-1-1 Day is a great way to remind the community about the services we offer,” said Jeanette Hrovatich, director of United Way 2-1-1. “Not only can you call United Way 2-1-1 to give or receive help, but we always stand ready to provide centralized information services should a disaster arise.”
“This service is especially valuable in our current economic times,” added Maricela Alcala, United Way 2-1-1 technology resource manager. “We’re beginning to see more first-time callers from suburban areas like Maumee, Northwood and Oregon. Many of these people have no idea where to turn.”
United Way 2-1-1 evolved from First Call for Help, and provides service in Wood, Ottawa, Lucas and Erie counties. In December, Hancock County was also added.
Call volume at United Way 2-1-1 continues to rise. In 2008, the help line took approximately 65,000 calls, providing the most referrals for food and utility assistance. Due to a recent collaboration with the Salvation Army and other area Christmas programs, United Way 2-1-1 also takes thousands of calls for Christmas assistance each year.
United Way 2-1-1 is a confidential, bilingual service, accessible to everyone at no cost and available 24 hours, 7 days a week. To access United Way 2-1-1, simply dial 2-1-1 or (800) 650-HELP, meet with a specialist face-to-face at One Stranahan Square, or log on to www.unitedwaytoledo.org and click “Get Help.”
DivorceCare, a divorce recovery seminar and support group will meet Tuesdays at 7 p.m. beginning Feb. 17 at Christ United Methodist Church in Oregon.
The seminars will feature nationally recognized experts on divorce and recovery topics including, “Facing My Anger,” “Facing My Loneliness,” “Depression,” “New Relationships,” “KidCare” and “Forgiveness.”
Childcare is available for children through fifth grade.
Christ United Methodist Church is located at the corner of Stadium Road and Starr Avenue Extension. For more information, call Karen at 419-351-2707.
Family to Family class announced
Once again, NAMI SSW is offering an education course to help family members understand more about mental illness, treatment and recovery.
The Family to Family course (for any family member, caregiver, or provider) will be held at the Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church, 4997 Twp. Rd. 183, Clyde, on 12 consecutive Tuesdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. starting Feb. 17.
The class is intended to help families understand the clinical treatment of brain disorders and teach the knowledge and skills that family members need to cope more effectively. It also provides information about what their loved ones face in a way that is non-judgmental, factual and encouraging. There is no fee to attend.
Call Kate Naderer at 419-355-8819 or the NAMI office at 1-888-582-8889 with questions or to sign up for the classes.
Have a heart…donate blood
“You gotta have heart” to help save a life. By giving blood through the American Red Cross in the next few weeks, eligible donors can help save the lives of up to three people, and recognize two heart-felt events: Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month.
“When you give, you’ll also be helping to offset the slump in blood collections we typically see in the heart of winter,” says Kathy Smith, director of donor services for the Western Lake Erie Region of the American Red Cross.
The winter months can be a challenging time for the blood supply since blood donations can decline week-to-week, and day-to-day as poor weather conditions can make it hard to travel to donate. The up-again, down-again donations can contribute to blood shortages, particularly of high demand blood types like type O-negative.
“As our nation brings awareness to heart health this month, the Red Cross continues to meet the needs of those affected by various heart diseases,” Smith said.
To schedule an appointment to donate, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit givelife.org for more information.
Benefit golf event
The Epilepsy Center of Northwest Ohio will host its 21st annual Practically a Golf Tournament event from Feb. 12-15 at Westfield Franklin Park mall.
The tournament is a nine-hole competition comprised of a variety of events over a four-day period and includes a group tournament for which a six-foot trophy will be awarded, a school tournament for area high school students, a family fun day and a media/VIP tournament.
The public can participate at a cost of $5 per person per game. All proceeds benefit the Epilepsy Center.
Renovations under way
Memorial Health Care System has announced plans for renovations of Memorial Hospital’s Main Lobby.
In addition to upgrading the appearance of the Fremont hospital’s lobby area, the project will significantly improve patient flow and comfort.
“Our top priority is to improve customer service and ensure that our guests have a positive, enjoyable experience,” said John C. Yanes, chief executive officer of Memorial Health Care System. “I am fully aware that our guests’ experience begins when they walk through our front doors. Our guests have to feel welcome.”
The renovation will include updating the lighting, flooring, furniture and wall paint. In addition, a water feature will be added in memory of a local family. A fireplace will also be installed in the Weitzel Kern Surgery Center Lobby.
According to Joe Buti, director of materials management and engineering, the price tag for the 8,300 square foot renovation is $200,000.
“To date, the Memorial Hospital Foundation and the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary have raised nearly three fourths of the entire cost of the project,” Yanes said. Those who would like to participate in the project by making a donation may contact Chasity O’Neill, foundation development director, at 419-334-6667.
As a result of the renovation, individuals entering the hospital will be redirected to a temporary registration area. Memorial Health Care System volunteers and facility hosts will be available near the main entrance to assist patients and visitors.