Christmas Connection is pleased to provide a Merry Christmas to so many vulnerable families in our local area thanks to the awesome generosity of our local community!  Yet regretfully, due to limited resources, Christmas Connection is not able to provide for every family in need in our community. 
 
Christmas Connection is a referral-based program.  In other words, families in need can ONLY be referred to Christmas Connection by local social workers working for many of our local human service agencies; therefore, families and individuals can NOT refer themselves or others to the Christmas Connection Program.  (This year’s eligible human service agencies have already been contacted and have received notice of their allotments of referrals.)
 
If you are in need of resources in our community to assist you with your family members’ specific needs (i.e. clothing, food, utility assistance, rental assistance, prescription assistance, etc.), please dial  2-1-1 and speak with a counselor about your specific needs.  The 2-1-1 counselors provide human service information and they are available 24 hours a day to listen and provide emotional support, crisis counseling, suicide prevention and human service information.
 
211 Big Bend’s human service referral database is comprehensive and up-to-date.  You do not have to be in crisis to call 2-1-1. There is no eligibility criteria and their services are free.  Skilled hotline counselors treat your call confidentially and you remain anonymous.  They help you navigate through the maze of community services in a nonjudgmental manner.  211 Big Bend serves as the gateway to other community services. Please do not hesitate to contact them to learn about the many human service agencies within our community who may be able to assist you  with your specific needs.
 
To learn more about Catholic Charities services, please go to Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida’s website at www.ccnwfl.org.
 
May the love of Christ surround you and strengthen you and your family through life’s journey!