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Residents of Colorado's Pikes Peak region now have fewer numbers to remember when the need for help arises.

Six counties have activated 2-1-1 telephone service to provide social services information.

The service covers everything from domestic violence counseling to child care help.

A computer database at Pikes Peak United Way stores information on 450 agencies that provide 790 services.

El Paso, Chaffee, Cheyenne, Lincoln, Park and Teller counties will offer the service in English and Spanish from eight a-m to five p-m weekdays.

The service was first launched in Atlanta in 1997. It's now active in 26 states.