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Population served: Everyone in the U.S. (check the website for availability in your area) 

Mission: 2-1-1 is the telephone number of a call center that offers information and provides referrals to health and human services for everyday needs and in times of crisis. Services vary from community to community.  

Examples of service referrals include:
  • Basic human need resources: food banks, clothing, shelters, rent assistance and utility assistance
  • Employment support: unemployment benefits, financial assistance, job training, transportation assistance and education programs  
  • Physical and mental health resources: medical information lines, crisis intervention services, counseling, drug and alcohol intervention
  • Support for older Americans and persons with disabilities: home healthcare, adult daycare, congregate meals, Meals on Wheels, respite care, transportation and homemaker services
  • Support for children, youth and families: childcare, family resource centers, summer camps and recreation programs, mentoring, tutoring and protective services.

2-1-1 Canada
Population served:
Certain sections of Canada (check the website for availability in your area)

Mission: 2-1-1 is the telephone number of a call center that offers information and provides referrals to health and human services for everyday needs and in times of crisis. Services vary from community to community.

Examples of service referrals include:

  • Health services and support
  • Financial and social assistance
  • Housing and utility help
  • Food assistance and meal programs
  • Senior services and home care
  • Government program assistance
  • Parenting and family programs
  • Disability support services
  • Volunteer organizations
  • Newcomer services
  • Mental health support

American Cancer Society (ACS)
Contact: 800-227-2345
Population served: People affected by a cancer internationally; programs and services offered to patients and caregivers residing in the United States
Other language(s): Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese

Mission: In the U.S., ACS is a community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.

  • Provides education materials both online and in print about cancer, including blood cancers, as well as related information such as diet, exercise, complementary and alternative medicine, and disease statistics
  • Offers support services via online discussion boards and in-person support groups through local chapters
  • Road to Recovery, a program offered locally by some chapters, has volunteer drivers who transport patients to and from treatment appointments
  • Look Good, Feel Better program for female adults and teens helps with self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatments
  • Cancer Survivors Network, a global online community, transcends geographic boundaries and builds bonds among cancer survivors and caregivers through shared experiences and feelings.
  • American Cancer Society's Wig Bank provides free wigs from limited supply to needy patients suffering hair loss due to cancer treatment. Intended for those with insufficient insurance coverage for wigs. For more details, click here.
  • Hope Lodges are temporary housing accommodations for patients traveling far from home for treatment. There are more than 30 lodges. For more details, click here.

Bereaved Parents of the USA (BP/USA)
Contact: 765-866-1903
Population served: Bereaved parents and their families in the U.S. who are struggling to survive their grief after the death of a child

Mission: To educate families about the grief process and all its complexities as it applies to the death of a child at any
age and from any cause; to aid and support those who are suffering such a loss, regardless of race, creed or financial

  • Provides monthly meetings with sharing groups and occasional informative programs
  • Provides a library at each meeting place where members may borrow books with up-to-date information about the grief process
  • Supplies the telephone numbers of other bereaved parents, siblings and grandparents who are able to offer support to other more newly bereaved families
  • Informs and educates members of the helping professions who interact with bereaved parents as to the nature and duration of parent/sibling/grandparent bereavement
  • Publishes a national newsletter.

Contact: 800-813-4673
Population served: Individuals, families, caregivers and the bereaved in the U.S. affected by a cancer diagnosis
Other language(s): Spanish

Mission: To provide free, professional support services to individuals, families, caregivers and the bereaved to help them cope with and manage the emotional and practical challenges of cancer.

  • Oncology social workers are available for telephone counseling services to provide support, information and resources to help in coping with cancer
  • Offers online support groups and educational publications
  • Connect Education Workshops in which leading experts in oncology provide up-to-date information in one-hour workshops over the telephone or online
  • Door to Door Program for patients with multiple myeloma provides grants to cover transportation costs such as gasoline, taxi, bus or train fare to and from their doctor's office; must meet certain eligibility criteria
  • Financial assistance for transportation, medications, home care, child care, or durable medical equipment may be available for patients in active treatment. Eligibility guidelines vary depending on diagnosis, gender and geographic location. Call for details.

Open to Hope
Population served: People who have suffered the loss of a loved one

Mission: To provide a content-rich, online forum with information and support so that people who experience loss can learn to cope with their pain, heal their grief, and invest in their future.

  • Offers information, resources, book lists, community forums, radio and TV shows.

Single Fathers Due to Cancer
Contact: Website only
Population Served: Single fathers due to cancer

Mission: To help the thousands of fathers who each year lose their spouses to cancer and must adjust to being sole parents.

  • Free online resources
  • Information about local support groups

The Compassionate Friends (TCF)
877-969-0010 or 630-990-0010
Population served: Families in the U.S. who have lost a child to any illness 
Other language(s): Spanish

Mission: To provide highly personal comfort, hope, and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister, or a grandchild, and help others better assist the grieving family.

  • Offers in-person support groups via local chapters across the U.S.
  • Offers live "chats" through an Online Support Community to encourage connecting and sharing among parents, grandparents, and siblings (over the age of 18) grieving the death of a child. The chat rooms supply support, encouragement, and friendship.
  • Webinars, free of charge, on various bereavement issues.

The Dougy Center for Grieving Children 
503-775-5683 or 866-775-5683
Population served: Children, teens, young adults and their families worldwide
Other language(s): Spanish

Mission: To provide support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults and their families grieving a death can share their experiences.

  • Provides a variety of bereavement support groups in the Portland, Oregon area and referrals to support services in other areas of the U.S.
  • Provides educational materials about children and grief
  • Offers training to local and national agencies.
last updated on Wednesday, August 27, 2014