Mission

To improve the quality of life for Pender County citizens by ensuring effective service delivery for all clients and motivating clients to accept some personal responsibility for
improving their situations in order to become self-sufficient.

Goals

  • Children are in safe, nurturing, financially stable environment
  • Citizens will become or remain economically independent
  • Elderly & disabled individuals are safe and have opportunities to remain at home
  • Agency is open to citizen inquiries and questions are answered to citizens’ satisfaction
  • Agency operates with highest standards of effectiveness, efficiency, and excellence
  • Children and families have access to nurturing, educational, supportive and treatment services in order to maximize and promote positive family dynamics

Agency Awards

  • 1996—1st in State for Accuracy in Food Stamp Administration
  • 1997—4th County in the State to attain accreditation status
  • 1998—Community Child Protection Team Award from State for promoting collaboration among community stakeholders
  • 2003—Governor’s Academy for Prevention Professionals Gold Medal
  • 2005—Focus on Leadership Award for Collaboration with other professionals
  • 2007—YWCA Achievement Award for Reducing Medicaid Fraud
  • 2008—2008 Area Agency on Aging Professional Excellence Award

Social Services News

Helping Parents Recognize the Signs of Teen Depression

All teenagers can be moody from time to time, but for some kids, sadness, fatigue or anxiety could be signs of depression. In this public service announcement from the American Academy of Pediatrics,  Shelly Flais, MD, FAAP, offers advice for parents who may be concerned about their teen. Depression can be treated. For more information on suicide […]

2018 Community Health Assessment-We need you

The Community Health Assessment is a door to door survey to see what residents of Pender County perceive as the biggest issues impacting health and how they view the health of the community.  Help your community’s voice be heard as we prioritize and plan for a healthier tomorrow. *Volunteers age 18 and up needed to […]

Opioid Overdose: Understanding the Epidemic

The United States is in the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic. Opioids (including prescription opioids, heroin, and fentanyl) killed more than 42,000 people in 2016, more than any year on record. 40% of all opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid. In 2016, 40% all opioid overdose deaths involved a prescription opioid. Learn more: Understanding the Epidemic Data Overdose […]

Youth Employment Certificate Update

Important change:  As of October 2017, the Department of Social Services can no longer issue Youth Employment Certificates (YEC) also known as Work Permits.  Instead, parents and youth can obtain a certificate online through the N.C. Department of Labor at www.nclabor.com. The N.C. Department of Labor has easy to follow steps on how to apply […]

Assistance with Wildlife Problems.

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission Click the links below to find assistance with wildlife: Tips on coexisting with wildlife Hazards of Feeding Wildlife (PDF) Wildlife Damage Control Contact a private Wildlife Damage Control Agent Contact a licensed trapper during the trapping season Request a Wildlife Depredation Permit Can’t find an answer about a wildlife problem? Call […]

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