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Unemployed and terrified of losing my house, my car, my life!

Question: I recently lost my job. With all the news and talk about recession, housing, etc., I am more stressed than I have ever been in my life. I have a spouse and a young child; I’m terrified of losing my house, my car, my life. What if my job search drags on and on? What can I do? Answer: First, take a breath. These are indeed tough economic times. Everything you mentioned is a very reasonable fear, and they affect even a lot of folks who haven’t lost their jobs. But the good news is that there is help available for all those situations and many more. You’ve already found Frederick County Workforce Services and our wealth of resources, so you’re off to a good start. Here’s another resource that might be helpful. Try calling 211. Pick up any landline phone in Frederick County and just dial those three digits. You will find a wealth of information on all sorts of services in the area. It’s not only job search; it’s caring folks who know about all the community resources that can help you with all those problems and many others. You can find out where to go with anything from a potentially life-threatening crisis to finding a parenting class. The 211 operators have a list of health and human resources to address any situation. Need a job? Help with the mortgage? Transportation? Child care? Health insurance? Reality check? Help keeping the lights on? Someone to talk to? The 211 operators are trained to deal with all those situations. Here is a short list of 211 resources: · Basic human needs: food banks, utility assistance clothing, shelters, rent assistance · Physical and mental health: medical information lines, crisis intervention services, support groups, counseling, drug and alcohol intervention, rehabilitation, health insurance programs, Medicaid and · Medicare, maternal health, children’s health insurance programs · Employment support: unemployment benefits, financial assistance, job training, transportation assistance, education programs · Support for older Americans and persons with disabilities: home health care, adult day care, congregate meals, Meals on Wheels, respite care, transportation, and homemaker services · Support for children, youth and families: quality childcare, after school programs, Head Start, family resource centers, summer camps and recreation programs, mentoring, tutoring, protective services And there’s more. Call up or check their website (www.211.org) to see what else might be helpful to you. There is no income restriction; you don’t need to have a particular kind of problem. If you want information on community resources, call. Don’t put it off. The 211 operators are there all day, all night, every day. The sooner you deal with the issues that worry you, the sooner you can take action. Call them right now!