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The holidays can be joyous, filled with family, gifts and memories.

But for some, the holidays can be lonely and depressing.

Both Miami-Dade and Broward have a general help line, 211, that can connect people with services including employment, crisis intervention and food assistance.

Miami-Dade’s help line, which is run by Jewish Community Services, is a 24-hour a day “source for information and resources for health and human services in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.”

Deborah Hurwitz, division director for the Jewish Community Service’s Access and Outreach and a licensed clinical social worker, said 211 is a resource for the community at large.

“People are suffering a lot on all levels,” Hurwitz said. “General loss of a person or loved one in and of itself is hard to deal with, but there’s a heightened feeling of isolation. “It’s the lack financial resources, the lack of connection, the lack of being able to celebrate with loved ones. It’s important for people to know they are not alone.”

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