United Way Regina and Saskatoon have jointly announced the expansion of the 211 program to be province wide.
The 2-1-1 service, which connects users to about 5,000 different services across the province, is now accessible by call, text, as well as through online chat.
CEO of United Way Saskatoon and area Shaun Dyer said this is another tool Saskatchewan people can use to help with life’s challenges.
“Stress and crisis and challenges in life are not exclusive to one community or another, so we wanted to be able to offer this service, this tool, to everybody in the province,” Dyer said. “The only way we could do that was by expanding to phone, text and web chat.”
Tracey Mann, Community Initiatives Fund Executive Director, says funding this program goes along with their mandate, which is ensuring people in Saskatchewan get the programs and services they need.
“With this expansion of 211, we see this as being invaluable to the people of the province as they’ll be able to better access the programs and services that they’re needing and looking for.”
CanPacific Potash spokesperson Bob Fawcett says their three year 150 thousand dollar commitment to the program is in line with what they would like to support.
“Ever since we’ve been in the province, we’ve been interested in helping less fortunate people, especially youth, and what 211 Saskatchewan is doing falls right in line with what we feel is important for us to be supporting.”
This makes Saskatchewan only the third province to have such a program available across the province.