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Helping Senior Citizens Statewide

On Tuesday, March 15, 2016, at 10:00 a.m., Lieutenant Governor Henry McMaster joined representatives from South Carolina 2-1-1, a service of the United Way Association of South Carolina, at a press conference in the lower lobby of the State House to announce a new partnership effort between the groups.  For the first time, 2-1-1 will give callers in South Carolina the opportunity to link with aging resources in their community by connecting them to their local Area Agency on Aging, based on the caller’s ZIP code. Once connected, an information and referral assistant will provide further support to the senior or family member.

“This collaboration gives seniors and their families a convenient way to access our services,” said Lieutenant Governor Henry McMaster. “Having useful information that is readily available and easily accessible is key to keeping older South Carolinians happy, healthy, and in their own homes for as long as possible.”

South Carolina 2-1-1, an easy to remember, three-digit telephone number that connects callers directly to local community services, is a one-stop resource available statewide.

“The collaboration is a huge benefit to all seniors across South Carolina,” said Kelly Callahan Cruise, Intern Chief Executive Officer of the United Way Association of South Carolina. “We are proud of the interest this new initiative has generated and look forward to helping many more seniors in the future.”

Since its inception date of February 6, 2016, the option to connect with a regional Area Agency on Aging has already assisted 756 callers. For more information about South Carolina 2-1-1, please visit www.sc211.org.

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