The Aunt Bertha Blog

Announcing Appointment Scheduling

We always begin team meetings at Aunt Bertha with our mission statement--"To connect all people in need and the programs that serve them (with dignity and ease)." As part of that mission, we strive to build products that help community based organizations streamline their processes, work together, and most importantly, save time so they can better meet the needs of the people they serve.

We consistently heard from program administrators that they lacked insight into their teammate's schedules and consequently ended up double (or triple) booking intake appointments more often than not. This left helping professionals at these organizations overworked and people in need confused on what was next. We believed there was a better way.  

It's with that belief in mind that we bring you Appointment Scheduling 

The Appointment Scheduling tool offers a way for claimed community based organizations listed on Aunt Bertha to easily create, schedule, and manage appointments with people in need of services as a key step in their intake process. Managing appointments can be stressful (on both sides), time consuming, and expensive. Our tool is free and simple to use. 


 Community Based Organizations will save time, resources, and can:

  • Benefit from a full history of their work with a person in need, including appointments, all on one platform. 
  • Easily show availability for appointments at your program location(s)
  • Book appointments on behalf of people in need, or allow them to book for themselves
  • Schedule appointments for colleagues 
  • Save calendar invites to colleagues' work calendars

People In Need get the dignity of an immediate response and can:

  • Easily see when and where their appointment is
  • See what documents or identification they'll need to bring to their appointment
  • Get reminders via email or text message so they never miss an important appointment. 

Interested in adding appointment scheduling to your program listings on Aunt Bertha? We're so glad! Just click below and our team will get you set up. Reminder: Appointment Scheduling is a completely free feature--all you have to do is claim your program listing

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As always, we'd love your feedback on this, and all features on Aunt Bertha. Send your thoughts to


Topics: new features community needs Social Workers helping people find services Social Services non-profit tech non-profit Social Work

Mental Health and Sandy Hook

There are a lot of people in the world today, over 7 billion, in case you missed the National Geographic special.  And rarely, are our jaws dropped in unison over anything.  After an event like that at Sandy Hook, we desperately look to each other for some kind of explanation.  Who can we blame to resolve this mess and be done with it?  How can we guarantee something like this will never happen again.

My Kung Fu teacher always says, when you're knocked down and in a bad position, don't expect to get out in one move.   Chances are, it took more than a couple wrong moves to get there in the first place and chances are it'll take more than a couple moves to get back out.

Perhaps the only thing we can do is start changing the way we think about and interact with mental health services as we move forward through this tragedy. 
At Aunt Bertha, we help connect people in need with appropriate programs in their community. Programs like Youth and Adult Counseling administered by LifeWorks that provides free counseling to help individuals and families deal with mental health issues like depression and anxiety.  And the CARE Program by Any Baby Can that helps families with children who have physical, developmental or behavioral special health care needs learn coping skills, receive emotional support and get connected with the right services to meet their needs.

Mental health matters.  And while we can't say for sure that more awareness and access to mental health services would help prevent something like Sandy Hook from happening again there's  probably not a better place to start. 

We're ready to see what happens when people can find mental health and other critical community services in seconds. Finding help is the first step.   

Do you know of a great mental health service?

Do something about it now.

Tell us about a program in your community.
Topics: Mental Health helping people find services Sandy Hook