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Feeling Famous?

code_red_smallDid you get a call or an email from Sheriff Chris Blair this week? If you didn’t we wanted to help spread the word.

Most people hear “CodeRed” and think of movies. Right here in Marion County we have a CodeRED Emergency Notification System. When you sign up for it, the system sends you alerts during emergencies, tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, flash floods, and additional general notifications if you’d like them. You can get the alerts on your email or phone(call or text).

2-1-1 is a great way to learn about disaster preparedness and emergency resources, so give us a call, text us(send your zip code to 898-211) or hey, you’re online now – you can even chat with us live. Call us to learn about programs like signing up for the special needs registry, weatherization programs to help fix a hole in your roof, or how to protect your house from wildfires. Forgot the non-emergency number for the Sheriff or your local police? We have that too, simply dial 2-1-1 for free 24 hours a day!

A Horse is a Horse Unless of Course…

horsetherapy According to www.ocalamarion.com, Marion County is the horse capital of the world. When most people think of therapy, they think of sitting on a couch and talking with a counselor. Did you know that horses make great therapists? Now, we don’t mean they’re going to start talking like our old friend Mr. Ed… Equestrian therapy, also known as equine therapy or hippotherapy, helps both as a form of physical therapy as well as psychotherapy.  (more…)

The First Duty of Society is Justice.

buzzfeed.com“The first duty of society is justice.” – Alexander Hamilton

2-1-1 has many listings for local, state and national legal counseling services covering issues such as immigrationelder lawliving willstrust preparationadult guardianship and more.

These agencies in Marion County take the commitment to justice to heart and provide free or sliding scale legal services to families with low incomes. A post about legal services wouldn’t be complete without a disclaimer. Always clarify with the agencies as services and fees may change over time.

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Are You a Wanderer?

lost“Not all those who wander are lost”… but for those who are, Marion County has your back. Anyone who has had a family member, who suffers from memory loss or has special needs, wander off can attest to the fear it can strike in your heart. Thankfully Marion County police and sheriff’s departments have programs where you can go to get something called an identification device. Some programs provide a medic alert type of bracelet or necklace and others simply keep a photo and information on file to facilitate quick reunification with caregivers.

To find out where to go to get a device for your loved one, simply dial 2-1-1 and we can point you in the right direction.

Be Possible

Kim

“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…)

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