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Be Possible


“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” ― Audrey Hepburn

When the time rolls around to take that brave step on your own to be more independent in life, agencies like EPIC and ARC are there to share life skills with you to help you stay steady and grounded on the path to achieve your vision.

Some life skills programs focus on daily living functionality or learning job skills, other programs focus on building self-esteem, transitioning to adulthood, or stabilizing your family during life’s transitions. This week we are going to spotlight the two programs mentioned above. Check out 2-1-1 to learn about additional programs throughout (and nearby) Marion County! (more…)


Affordable Care in Action

Whether you know of it as the Affordable Care Act or “ObamaCare”, what you may not know is: How Does it Affect Me? HealthCare.gov just launched their new site this summer that can answer all of your questions and more. The act was signed into law in 2010 and three years later, it’s time to start “shopping”!

Families and Small Business Owners can visit Healthcare.gov to start getting ready for enrollment. Enrollment will open on October 1st and coverage will begin as early as January 1, 2014.

Texting 2-1-1 and 9-1-1

Txt211Is texting your preferred mode of communication? You’ll be glad to know that Marion County is on the cutting edge of services available via text. In 2010 Marion County Sheriff’s Office was the first county in FL to launch a Non-Emergency 9-1-1 texting service through the phone number 352-351-9111. In 2012, Marion County 2-1-1 was one of the first 2-1-1 services in FL to launch 24 hour texting service through the number TXT-211(898-211).

While Next Generation 9-1-1 services, enabling the public to transmit text, images, voice, video and data to the 9-1-1 center, has not been implemented yet, it is in the works. In the meantime, you can send text messages to 352-351-9111.

To access 2-1-1’s texting service, simply text your zip code to TXT-211 or 898-211. (See image on the left for a sample text conversation with 2-1-1)

Have you ever texted 2-1-1 or 9-1-1 to access services? How did it go?

What’s new at 2-1-1? Planning Ahead

WhatsNewBacktoSchoolParents, do you remember last summer… school year rapidly approaching, long lines to get school supplies, last minute appointments for immunizations? We wanted to help smooth out the process by letting you know when back to school programs will be happening so you can space things out this summer to help reduce Back to School stress!


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