United Way “Dial 211”
What is 2-1-1?
2-1-1 is a free referral program that aims to distribute information about local social service providers to people in need. The service is free and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 2-1-1 has interpretation services in several languages, including, Spanish, Arabic, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese.
Why use 2-1-1?
2-1-1 aims to provide community members with access to information about social services, financial aid, and other necessary referrals within their area, with the easy to remember 2-1-1 phone number. Using 2-1-1 takes one phone call rather than unwarranted travel time and other expenses which can add up by going to and from agencies for information. Operators can also provide emotional support to callers when seeking services during a time of hardship.
Jewish Assistance Network– The Jewish Assistance Network is a unique initiative that combines the strengths of Federation’s agency partners and other Jewish communal organizations to provide a coordinated system of services for those in need. Since its founding in 2008, the Jewish Assistance Network has helped thousands of individuals and families successfully conquer life’s challenges. With one simple phone call you can access a broad range of services to fit your specific needs.
Services are confidential and many are provided free or on a sliding payment scale.
Pantry Net: A listing of pantries in Michigan and other states.
Food Stamp Registration
Yad Ezra has partnered with MiCafe (Michigan Coordinated Access to Food for the Elderly) to be the first site in Oakland Country to register senior residents (defined as over 60 years of age) online for the government’s food assistance program, now referred to as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). MiCafe is a non-profit organization under the auspices of Elder Law of Michigan. MiCafe’s mission is to make the Bridge cards more easily accessible to seniors. Our volunteers help to alleviate some of the paperwork and accompanying time lag for the DHS (Department of Human Services) offices. MiCafe staff has taught Yad Ezra volunteers the online registration process.Darlene Rothman, Yad Ezra’s Client/Volunteer coordinator, coordinates appointments between Oakland County Seniors and trained volunteers to apply for the Bridge card benefit at the Yad Ezra office. Following the appointment, the completed paperwork is sent to the DHS office, where a caseworker determines the applicant’s eligibility. This government entitlement can mean an additional $298 for a couple or $162 for an individual to “spend” at the grocery store every month, depending on their income. Close to 110 families have already benefited from this effort thanks to Yad Ezra volunteers Karen Gluckson and Jenni Moss. For more information on volunteer training or making an appointment to apply to register online, contact Darlene at (248) 548-3663 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.