One of the easiest ways to get help is by dialing 2-1-1, Tennessee’s community services helpline. When you call, you’ll get a real person, one who is trained to help you sort out your needs, and then give you phone numbers and addresses of the closest places where you can get help. Don’t worry if you don’t know what type of service you need or the name of an agency — just talk to the specialists at the other end of the line, and they'll find what you need. All calls are free and completely confidential. Hours vary by location.