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2-1-1 Big Bend offering veterans free rides to multiple resources

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Posted at 3:44 PM, Jan 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-24 16:03:51-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Thanks to a partnership between 2-1-1 Big Bend, United Way, and Lyft, veterans in Leon, Wakulla, Gadsden and Jefferson counties will now be able to get free rides to critical resources.

U.S. Military veterans is need of transportation within Leon, Gadsden, Jefferson and Wakulla counties will be able to catch a ride for free. Their goal is to connect veterans with agencies and organizations that offer services to those in need.

2-1-1 is currently limiting free rides to a total of three per person a month, but are open to working with clients on a case-by-case basis to try to help out when they can.

Callers can often schedule rides immediately, but 2-1-1 Big Bend asks that calls be made at least 24 hours in advance of when the ride is needed. Rides can be scheduled up to three days (during business days/hours) into the future.

While 2-1-1’s services are accessible 24/7, you are only available to schedule rides Monday - Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. If you've never used Lyft before, don't worry. Program specialists will guide you through the process.

Rides will be provided for the following:

Veteran Services:

- Veterans Affairs Office
- Leon County Vet. Resource Center
- Tallahassee Vet. Center
- ParaSource
- Case Management @ Kearney Center
- Big Bend Homeless Coalition Housing Services

Employment Related:

- Job Interviews
- Employment Fairs
- Resume/Job Application Assistance
- Career Transition Workshops
- Career Exploration & Coaching

Food Security:

- Food Pantry Visits
- Soup Kitchen Access
- Over 70 Food Pantry Options Available

Healthcare:

- Apalachee Center Outpatient Services
- VA Medical Services
- Mental Health Counseling

To schedule a ride or learn more, dial 2-1-1 or (850) 617-6333.