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.

Building Blocks For Your Future

BlocksThe Farmville Area Habitat for Humanity and STEPS, Inc. are offering a series of eight free learning opportunities to give individuals the tools they need to make their dreams a reality. The learning opportunities will be held at the STEPS Centre at 100 Industrial Park Road, Farmville, Virginia 23901 from 6p.m. to 8p.m.  Area professionals will be presenting on each topic. Registration is required by calling 434-315-5909 Extension 250 or by registering on-line at www.steps-inc.org (go to Building Blocks for Your Future to submit a PDF registration).  Refreshments will be served.
If you would like more information about this topic or to schedule an interview contact Farmville Habitat for Humanity’s representative, Sam Rabon, at 434-394-3001 Extension 200 or Amy Beatson, STEPS’ representative, at 434-315-5909 Extension 211. If you need a PDF program that allows you to edit (fill in) the registration form, Adobe provides a free PDF program at https://get.adobe.com/reader/. Uncheck the optional offers.

STEPS Head Start Celebrates Appomattox Playground

Wednesday, May 18th was a great day for STEPS Head Start in Appomattox as we opened a new playground for our students and staff. The playground will be a safe and fun place for our children to enjoy. The playground project was spearheA_RibbonCut1aded by Appomattox local, Mr. Dennis Torrence. Mr. Torrence taught with the Prince Edward County Schools system for a number of years and said he was happy for the kids and teachers. He also said he was very thankful for all those who helped make the dream of a new playground a reality. To see more photos of this momentous day visit us on Facebook @ http://facebook.com/steps247.

Bridging The Gap

STEPS leadership and employees recently attended a Bridges Out Of Poverty workshop. Holding true to carrying outBridgesOutOfPoverty1 STEPS original mission in the communities we serve: “A Hand Up, Not a Hand Out”. Continue to visit STEPS website as we update our page with full feature stories related to our activities.

Backpacks in the Shark Tank

logo_homeSTEPS has been working with Jack DuFour and Alley Heffern on their Taaluma Totes project since inception. Please tune in to your local NBC affiliate at 9:00pm on Friday, February 20, 2015 to see how these amazing young people fair “in the tank!” Jack/Allie are not permitted to give us the outcome of their experience, but the exposure will be GREAT. These young people are quite impressive and are committed to helping STEPS rebuild the manufacturing base in Victoria for our entire workforce, but especially for our employees with disabilities!! Please feel free to share this exciting news with your family, friends and colleagues. And remember, every backpack you see on TV was made in our STEPS-Victoria plant!!

 

 

Governor’s Announcement of STEPS’ Community Action Designation

Seal_of_Virginia_svgPursuant to the action of the Board of Supervisors in Amelia, Buckingham, Cumberland, Lunenburg, Nottoway, and Prince Edward along with the recommendation of the Virginia Department of Social Services through William A. Hazel, Jr. of MD Secretary of Health and Human Resources, I am designating STEPS Incorporated as the community action agency for the counties listed above. This designation is effective December 1, 2014.

Terence R. McAuliffe
Governor of Virginia