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Web site connecting resources unveiled

Imagine one place where you could access 1,000 regional agencies and resources.

That was unveiled Friday to a standing-room only crowd in the Rood Center’s board chambers as county employees, nonprofit agencies and interested community members gathered to celebrate the launching of a new Dial211.com Web site.

The Web site is a directory of 1,000 regional agencies and resources focused on health and human services. With the Web site, the county is now poised for joining a 211 phone line connection in use by 70 percent of communities across the country.



“It gives us this incredible head start,” county Webmaster Dave Bloch said, who also designed the mynevadacounty.com Web site.

The 211 Web site includes links to such things as doctors, food banks, schools, veterans groups, mental health facilities and animal rescue centers in Nevada County and neighboring areas like Sacramento, Tahoe and Sparks, Nev.




“What we have here is an incredible data base of information,” Lori Burkart Frank said before the crowded hall. Burkart Frank is a private consultant hired by the county to lead the project.

County agencies have been brainstorming ways to create a Web site such as this for five years, Burkart Frank said. The project has been on fast track since last March, when funds and software technology were secured by the county.

The Web site is designed so that agencies can update their contact information and mission statements themselves. The site is expected to grow another 5 percent in the coming year.

Local agencies and people caring for family members long distance during a crisis will have links to resources at their fingertips, when time is of the essence, Burkart Frank said.

Iden Rogers, a volunteer at SPIRIT Mental Health Peer Empowerment Center, attended the meeting and said the Web site will be a time saving tool to connect people he works with to the right resources.

“We’ve expended a lot of hours on our own community resource folder,” Rogers said.

Primary funding came from the First Five Commission and Nevada County Department of Social Services. A Health Resource and Services Administration Federal Grant in 2001was used for the implementation of the project. An estimated annual $16,000 investment has been made over the past five years and in the future, CalWORKS employment and training dollars will fund the program.

To contact Staff Writer Laura Brown, e-mail laurab@theunion .com or call 477-4231.


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