Texting service puts critical resources at your fingertips

Published on April 28, 2021

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Help is now just a text away for Tarrant County residents searching for critical resources. TXT4 Tarrant Cares, a community texting service, promises to make it easier for local families to find the help they desperately need, close to home.

TXT4 Tarrant Cares offers a convenient, safe and simple way to search for assistance with food; clothing and housing services; early childhood care; family support; mental health and counseling services; substance abuse programs; child abuse and neglect services; COVID-19 testing and vaccine information; and other critical needs.

By texting the word FIND to 67629, users are offered a guided search to access a list of nearby organizations to contact and provided with a ZIP code-specific list of resources. TXT4 Tarrant Cares is offered in English and Spanish and is available to anyone in Tarrant County in need of services. Examples of searches might include information on the nearest food pantry, rent assistance or resources that can help residents apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits.

The new texting service is associated with Tarrant Cares, an online information service populated with the most up-to-date community resource listings by United Way’s 211 helpline. TXT4 Tarrant Cares draws on the Tarrant Cares database and gives users a quick, ZIP code-specific report of nearby resources to contact for support. The community-based solution is a collaborative effort by Mental Health Connection of Tarrant County, The Center for Children’s Health, led by Cook Children’s Health Care System and Tarrant County.

TXT4 Tarrant Cares does not provide emergency response or the full range of service offerings provided by 211. A resource navigator can still be reached by calling 211 and information about services can be accessed on the TXT4 Tarrant Cares website. Individuals needing immediate assistance from a first responder should still contact 911.

 

 

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