Each week, people come into my courtroom, who are not really sure how to present their case, or where to go for legal advice if needed, or, what to do if they need help feeding their family.
In Arizona, we have many places people can go for help, when they’re in need. However, finding the right help can be challenging. That is why I often refer people in my courtroom to call 2-1-1, or go to the webpage www.211arizona.org/, where they can learn about numerous places that will help them.
The mission statement for 2-1-1 Arizona is fantastic. It simply reads: “Community Information and Referral Services transforms lives by linking individuals and families to vital community services throughout Arizona.”
Usually, the referrals I give are for landlord-tenant matters. As a judge, I can’t offer advice on how to take care of legal issues. But I can refer you to community services, such as Arizona 2-1-1.
I took a look at their webpage a few minutes ago, and was impressed with how much information it offers. But, there is so much more they offer, such as help with food; clothing; bills; housing; domestic violence; human trafficking; health; dental; disability related services; veterans and military services; employment services; mental health; support groups; substance use disorders; government and tribal services; and individual and family services. So, you can see this is an incredible resource for helping guide you through many available community services.
Before you appear in court, be sure to take the time to do some research about the reason you’re going.
Don’t assume that you can just say, “I don’t know what’s going on” and the judge is going to dismiss or grant the motion.
It’s important that you take responsibility for what’s going on in your life. But, if you need some help, call Community Information and Referral Services at 2-1-1.
All of us have gone or will go through some tough times. I’ve lived in Arizona for more than 30 years. One of the reasons I choose to live in Arizona is how generous the people are in this state.
Lesson from the Bench:
Take advantage of the opportunities that are offered by your community. But, don’t forget to give back to the community that gave to you.
Judge Watts can be reached at www.DonaldWatts.Info.