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Finding Resources

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Finding resources

Once upon a time, finding a resource meant that you would look in the “yellow pages”, in multiple headings, to find a contact that may or may not be able to address your concern.  Beyond that, you had to go to the local library to research your area for sources.  Now, you are overwhelmed with potential assistance just by using any search engine.  That also may have complications.

To start looking for resources you must first determine what it is you need.  That seems like a no-brainer, but it can actually be more difficult than you think, and it involves not just knowing what you want, but also examining what you need to get there.  For example, if you need a job, you may think you NEED to find people who are hiring.  But before you can get the job, you will need know how you will get to and from work, so now you do not yet need a job, but rather you need a means of transportation.  Now perhaps you think you need a car.  A car is a big investment and would be difficult to obtain without a job.  Therefore, what you actually need is employment within walking distance, or on a bus line, or remote, or possibly within biking distance.  Once you have a plan in place, you can then start to look for resources for employment.

This is an oversimplified example but it is often true that we can see what we want, but we are not good at determining what we need to lead us to what we want. That involves basic problem solving skills.  (See the section on Social Skills for more information on how to solve problems).

Once you have determined what you need you can begin to find resources.  Many people are unaware of the vast resources in place to help with almost every aspect of humanity.  There is assistance available for transportation, job placement, education and training, clothing, food, housing, medication, child care, elderly care, utility help, health support groups, financial assistance, emotional/mental/spiritual support, and on and on and on.

If you are unable to determine what it is that you need to get you what you want, we would like to help you find a solution.  As we begin to compile some of these resources together you can take the first step by calling 211.  This is a United Way resource number that can connect you with multiple community programs in your area, no matter where you are.

As you find resources that could be helpful to others please share those with us and we will be happy to add them to our collection.

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