Supportive Services is STEP’s largest component in terms of programs. Eleven programs make up Supportive Services that serve the majority of STEP’s clients.
Home Delivered Meals
Virginia Community Action Re-Entry System (VA CARES)
Homeless Prevention Program (HPP)
Homeless Solutions and Rapid Re-Housing (HSG)
Martinsville Area Homeless Services
Teen Opportunity Program
Community Youth Garden
Strengthening Families Program
STEP provides Home Delivered Meals to Senior Citizens in Franklin County and Patrick County. STEP receives funding and referrals from the Southern Area Agency on Aging (SAAA). Staff and volunteers from local churches deliver hot nutritious meals Monday through Friday to homebound senior citizens. STEP also provides a weekly supply of frozen meals that our seniors can reheat throughout the week, and bagged groceries and Ensure to clients that live in remote areas of the county. Besides delivering meals our volunteers also provide a friendly face, someone to chat with and the security of knowing that person is checked on Monday through Friday.
STEP prepares nutritious lunches that are combined with nutrition education and activities on specific days throughout Patrick and Franklin counties. Meals are prepared and delivered by our kitchen staff. Approximately 150 Seniors are served lunch at Congregate sites every week.
In Patrick County, STEP operates the Senior Transportation services for transportation to senior lunch sites, medical appointments and grocery shopping. More than 50 seniors are transported weekly allowing them the freedom to be more mobile, more self-sufficient, and to remain in their home.
Virginia CARES, Inc. is a statewide network of programs which assists ex-offenders and their families in making a successful transition from prison to their community. Assistance includes obtaining necessary forms of identification, support groups, job services, housing, life skills counseling and restoration of rights. STEP Virginia CARES is offered in Franklin County, Patrick County, Henry County and the City of Martinsville.
STEP provides HPP services to the counties of Franklin, Patrick, Henry and Pittsylvania and the cities of Danville and Martinsville. Funded through the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), HPP provides time-limited financial assistance and case management services to low-income families and individuals who are at-risk of losing their housing (rental only).
Funded through the Virginia Department of Community and Housing Development (DHCD) HSG provides emergency financial assistance in the form or time limited rental and utility assistance and deposits to individual and families who are literally homeless. STEP provides HSG in Franklin, Patrick, Henry, and Pittsylvania Counties and the cities of Martinsville and Danville.
Funded through the United Way of Martinsville, this program seeks to provide services and vital community linkages to persons experiencing a housing crisis. We assist in housing location, landlord advocacy and tenant education along with assisting the individual with basic needs to overcome their housing crisis. STEP is active on the West Piedmont Better Housing Coalition, a regional homeless services and advocacy board committed to reducing homelessness in our region.
Teen Opportunity Program (TOP) is an after school program targeting at-risk youth in Franklin County. Program goals are to reduce negative behaviors, increase school attendance, and increase grades while promoting healthy behaviors and helping them acquire valuable life-skills.
STEP’s youth garden is designed to teach healthy nutrition behaviors to at risk youth. Students learn the basics of building and sustaining a garden along with nutrition education in order to increase healthy behaviors that will carry on into adulthood.
Strengthening Families Program targets area youth, 10-14 years of age, and their parents and/or legal guardian. The Strengthening Families Program is a parent, youth and family skills-building curriculum designed to prevent teen substance abuse and other behavior problems, strengthen parenting skills and build family strengths. Each group of students and parents will attend seven (7) weekly sessions, with each session lasting two (2) hours in length. Transportation, dinner, and childcare are provided.
This statewide program provides tutoring, educational sessions, college visits, SAT preparation and other assistance to low-income middle and high school students who have aspirations of being a first generation college student. Project Discovery is offered in Franklin County High School and Franklin County Middle School as well as Patrick County schools. Students have recently visited The University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Duke University, The University of North Carolina, Ferrum College, and James Madison University.