What to keep in mind:

When trying to find the resources that are right for you, it is important to be patient and be polite. Many times the result of one letter, phone call or visit may just be a new number to try, but keep in mind that each resource you contact is a positive step towards your success. Patience and politeness will open doors for you as you plan your transition (be patient and polite with yourself too!), contact resources, and follow up with community organizations to make sure your transition is as organized and seamless as possible.

Where to get more information:

Public libraries are an important and often overlooked resource available in almost every community. Modern libraries generally offer free internet access and use of a few computers to the public. Internet access makes it much easier to get information about local programs and resources, and librarians are trained in helping connect people to information.

If you have a specific interest, a librarian may be able to help you find books and other information that will help. Printing and copying are often available for a small fee. Libraries also offer educational events and post flyers about what’s going on in the community. We’ve included maps of San Diego library locations after the hotlines page.

Remember also that you can always call 2-1-1 for up-to-date resource referrals.