Free Resource Directory
The following resources are provided by Encouragemint simply as a courtesy. Encouragemint is not affiliated with any of the following service providers and cannot speak to the quality of their services or the accuracy of their information. Please read the full disclaimer below.
The majority of these resources should be free, but be sure to consult with each individually for details.
General Resource Information
211 is an information and referral service. They have a large network that covers 93% of the US population including Puerto Rico and 60% of the Canadian population.
Through their websites and telephone center you can get information about social service providers local to your area. This includes practical help such as financial assistance for single parents, domestic violence shelters, health clinics, and much more. Not only will they have more resources and options than we do, but 211 also provides a more up to date list as well as information about local resources. Encouragemint only provides a list of nationwide (United States) providers.
In many areas reaching them is as easy as dialing 2-1-1. In some areas however they are only available through an alternate phone number. Either way, you can find many of the resources that they would refer you to directly on their websites.
Start by visiting their national website which will then refer you to your local 211. Once you reach your local 211 website you'll be able to run a search for services in your area.
Did you find a broken link, a non-working phone number, or other error? Maybe a resource we listed no longer exists or offers a different set of services than they previously did. If so, please let us know so that we can update our list.
Encouragemint provides no assurance of the quality of the services or the accuracy of the information provided by the resources and service providers listed here. This list of resources is simply provided as a convenience.
To that end, Encouragemint is not responsible for the content or services provided by any such resource or service provider. Further, we cannot guarantee the confidentiality of any hotlines, online chats, or other forms of communication they may offer, or the qualifications of the personnel working for these service providers. You are encouraged to use discretion when speaking with or providing any personal information to any of the resources listed.
Encouragemint is not responsible for situations in which the offerings of a resource may have been changed or eliminated. Likewise, website links and phone numbers may also change over time. You may be able to find on your own other resources of equal or greater value and quality than those presented here.