May is Community Action Month!

Community Action Month


WHEREAS, Community Action was created from President Lyndon B. Johnson’s 1964 proclamation of America’s “War on Poverty,” where the battles must be won in the field, in every private home, in every public office, from the courthouse to the White House; and

WHEREAS, Community Action has been putting a human face on poverty for more than 50 years by advocating for those who do not have a voice so that they may enter the middle class and reach for the American dream; and

WHEREAS, Community Action builds and promotes economic stability as an essential aspect of enabling and enhancing stronger communities, which in turn promotes self-sufficiency for people with limited income, ensuring that all Americans are able to live in dignity; and

WHEREAS, Community Action has enhanced the lives of millions across America by providing essential, life-changing services and opportunities, such as affordable housing, economic development, health care, energy assistance, natural disaster relief and recovery; and

WHEREAS, Virginia Community Action agencies leverage more than $13 for each dollar of Community Services Block Grant funding to provide programs and services to about 100,000 individuals with low-income, achieving more than 185,000 outcomes that move individuals and communities toward self-sufficiency and community revitalization; and

WHEREAS, Community Action will continue to implement innovative and cost-effective programs to improve the lives and living conditions of the impoverished; continue to provide support and opportunities for all citizens in need of assistance; and continue to be a major voice of reason in establishing welfare system reforms;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize May 2019 as COMMUNITY ACTION MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.


JOB FAIR AT STEPS CENTRE THIS THURSDAY – Twenty-five confirmed businesses participating and possibly more. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity! To see the event flyer, click here.

STEPS and Heartland Local Planning Group Partner

2017 Point In Time Team

STEPS, Inc., partnered with other Heartland Local Planning Group members and Longwood University Sociology Club to conduct the Annual Point In Time Count.

The Point In Time Count is a statewide initiative to establish a snapshot of how many individuals and families in the region were homeless on the night of January 25, 2017 6p.m., to January 26, 2017 6a.m.

Teams traveled to Amelia, Buckingham, Cumberland, Lunenburg, Nottoway and Prince Edward counties interviewing homeless individuals. The Longwood University Sociology Club partners were Dr. JoEllen Pederson, Victoria Perry, Lacey Hodges, Taylor Bryant and Taylor Hughes. NiVeka Boswell and Ashley Bowles from Prince Edward Department of Social Services donated their time as well as Sara Parrish from Cumberland County Department of Social Services.

Local law enforcement and representatives of the Buckingham County Department of Social Services also assisted. Madeline’s House provided their support ensuring those who were sheltered in their facility were counted.

The data will be shared with the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development. Identified individuals, who were not sheltered that night, were offered assistance and will be reached out to for additional supportive services.

STEPS Annual Report

steps-mapThe 2014-2015 STEPS Annual Report is available for your viewing. For over thirty years, STEPS Inc. has paved a road with many positive impacts on the lives of those we have had the privilege of serving. Click on About (at the top of the page) and select Annual Report.